Wishes and Expectations for Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

After viewing the introductory trailer for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl (coming to the Nintendo Switch this November) and giving some time to reflect, I have come up with a list of items I hope are included and addressed for the upcoming remakes of the beloved Diamond and Pearl (Nintendo DS, 2006 in Japan/2007 Worldwide). I do not expect them all to come to fruition, but the more that is included in the final product, the more enjoyable the experience will be for new and returning players alike. Without further ado, let’s get started.

Diamond and Pearl Related

  • Fixing the Regional Pokedex: This is the most common critique of the original games and for good reason. The Sinnoh regional Pokédex is the only one to exclude Pokémon introduced in their generation. It included all Pokémon (in National Pokédex order) from Turtwig to Weavile, then skipped the rest barring the cover legendaries Dialga and Palkia, the Lake Guardian Trio, and Mythical Pokémon Manaphy. That shouldn’t be the case. Not to mention key types such as Fire and Electric were underrepresented. Ponyta was the only option for a Fire type if you don’t choose Chimchar as your starter. This problem was addressed in Platinum so I’m hoping for a Sinnoh Pokedex similar to that of Platinum for the remakes.

Platinum Related

  • Battle Frontier: Pokémon fans love the Battle Frontier because it offers a comprehensive, competitive, and unique battling challenge that provides dozens of hours of action. It last appeared in Heartgold and Soulsilver, and it was teased in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. In an era where more fans are becoming critical (mostly justifiably so) of the direction the Pokemon franchise is taking, just the presence of the Battle Frontier as it appeared in Platinum would produce a lot of good will.

Past Remakes Related

  • Post-Game: I covered this indirectly with some other points, but most Pokémon fans believe that the Post-Game portion of recent games have been underwhelming. Sinnoh is tailor made to have a strong Post-Game because of the Battle Zone being a large area that isn’t accessible prior to the credits rolling. That alone won’t be enough to satisfy fans, but in conjunction with my other suggestions, there will be enough content to keep people playing after taking down Cynthia.

Recent Games Related

  • Optional or Restructured Exp Share: My biggest philosophy when it comes to improving Pokémon games is that in order to please a big and varied audience, you should strive to provide as many options as possible. Pokémon as a concept is already a customizable experience by the sheer amount of characters you have access to. But by building on that customization through settings such as the rate of gaining experience points and therefore strengthening your Pokémon, it gives newer players a lifeline without making it too easy for the veterans.

Rapid Fire: General Suggestions

  • Difficulty Modes Available at the Beginning: Somehow this has never been a thing in Pokemon and it really should be. Again, options!

Closing Thoughts

Pokémon is one of the biggest video game franchises in the world. While it may seem like I’m asking for a lot, I am not asking for anything that’s out of their capabilities. In fact, a lot of what I asked for has been done before. One of Pokémon’s biggest issues right now aside from generally getting in their own way and a lack of transparency is that they think making each game unique means arbitrarily removing and adding features, especially features that didn’t need to be removed or added in the first place. This is also a pivotal time in this franchise’s history. Capitalize on the goodwill and nostalgia Pokémon fans are feeling as the milestone of a 25th anniversary is in the back of their minds. Do them justice by pulling out all the stops and creating a game we can all be proud of!

Let me know your thoughts down below, on Twitter @PokeWizardCali, and Instragram @ivanthewriter95! I hope you are as excited about Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl as I am!

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