Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
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During the 2022 Tokyo Game Show today, the winners of the Japan Game Awards were announced. One winner, in particular, that seems to have people talking on social media is the 2021 Switch title Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl.

Not only did it take out the 'best sales award' but it was also recognised as the best Japanese game release globally. While the sales award isn't all that surprising, plenty of trainers online are seemingly confused (and a bit frustrated) as to how the remakes took out the 'global' award.

Here's how some Pokémon fans are reacting to the latest news online:

Pokémon Legends: Arceus ended up taking out an 'award for excellence', Kirby also got some love, and Bandai Namco's hit Elden Ring won the main award. Here's the rundown (via NintendoSoup):

  • Grand Prize


  • Excellence Award

・Resident Evil Village
・Sky Children Spinning the Stars
・Tales of ARISE
・LOST JUDGMENT: Unjudged Memories
・Final Fantasy XIV: Akatsuki Finale
・Pokémon Legends: Arceus
・Horizon Forbidden West
・Ghostwire: Tokyo
・Kirby and the Forgotten Land

  • Global Award Japanese Work Category

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

  • Global Award International Work Category

・Call of Duty: Vanguard

  • Best Sales Award

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

  • Game Designers Award


How do you feel about the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remakes taking out these awards at the Japan Game Awards? Did you enjoy these titles yourself? What about the other winners on this list? Leave your thoughts down below.