The years of waiting are finally over, as The Pokémon Company has announced that Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are coming to the Nintendo Switch in "late 2021".

It's been almost 15 years since the original Pokémon Diamond and Pearl arrived on Nintendo DS; the fourth-generation games launched in 2006 in Japan, and in 2007 in the west. The news comes from today's Pokémon Presents showcase, a 20-minute presentation celebrating the franchise's 25th anniversary.

Interestingly, the games have not been developed by Game Freak, instead being made by ILCA, the studio behind Pokémon HOME.

"Developed by ILCA, Inc., and directed by Junichi Masuda (GAME FREAK) and Yuichi Ueda (ILCA), Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl enable fans to experience the original story and game features from Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl in a fresh way. The original games have been faithfully reproduced and colourfully revitalized for Nintendo Switch.

The sense of scale of the towns and routes has been carefully preserved, and fans who played the original games will recognize many familiar places. These games are updated with the easy-to-understand, player-friendly conveniences introduced in recent Pokémon core series video games, in addition to up-close-and-personal Pokémon battle scenes."

A prequel to Diamond and Pearl called Pokémon Legends: Arceus was also announced. This game will be an open-world adventure set in Sinnoh's past.

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