Review

Review: Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl are faithful remakes, for better or worse

The improvements aren’t quite as drastic as hoped, but what’s here is a compelling Pokémon adventure regardless

Co-director
Yuichi Ueda
Key Credits
Junichi Masuda (Co-director), Shinya Suda (Program leader)

The original DS Diamond and Pearl were great back in the day, and 15 years later this new coat of paint makes them just as entertaining. The improvements may not be as drastic as some may have hoped, but what's here is a solid Pokémon adventure regardless.

  • Fantastic new art style
  • Experience sharing from Sword & Shield is back
  • The expanded underground section is welcome
  • Filling the Pokédex is as compelling as ever
  • The new features aren't enormously game-changing
4 / 5
Version tested
Nintendo Switch
Review: Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl are faithful remakes, for better or worse
Co-director
Yuichi Ueda
Key Credits
Junichi Masuda (Co-director), Shinya Suda (Program leader)

The original DS Diamond and Pearl were great back in the day, and 15 years later this new coat of paint makes them just as entertaining. The improvements may not be as drastic as some may have hoped, but what's here is a solid Pokémon adventure regardless.

  • Fantastic new art style
  • Experience sharing from Sword & Shield is back
  • The expanded underground section is welcome
  • Filling the Pokédex is as compelling as ever
  • The new features aren't enormously game-changing
4 / 5
Version tested
Nintendo Switch