Reflecting on Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

As of this writing, I had just finished Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Regardless of which version I have, I always refer to it by both versions. But either way, I did take a trip down memory lane by playing it.

I have also played the original, including Platinum. I first got the opportunity to experience the original back in early 2008 when I was just eight years old. My brother had just finished Pokémon Emerald, and he wanted to try his hand at the current generation Pokémon games, and so did I. My starter was Piplup because I was fascinated with the animal it was based on at the time. But as the series moved on, we had to pick a new type for starters. I’m mostly a fire-type guy, and selected that type for the regions of Johto, Hoenn, Unova, Alola, and Galar. Kanto and Sinnoh were the only two regions where the starter I picked was water-type, and Kalos was the only region where I picked a Grass-type starter.

When Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire first released back in 2014, I thought this would be the last of the remakes, as this was a rumor that my brother had been following for some time. However, I thought wrong when Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee had released when I learned it was a remake of Pokémon Yellow. Back when the game was first announced, I had no idea what kind of game it was. I had just graduated from high school when the game was shown off at E3 that year.

I actually liked Platinum out of the Generation VI core series games, partly due to the wide selection of Pokémon that was available. It was a nice idea to give evolutions to Pokémon that many thought should’ve evolved, and the Distortion World idea was fun. Same thing happened when Generation VIII first came around, though only to certain regional variants. Unfortunately, Dexit may happen to future installments due to the huge amount of Pokémon in the National Pokédex. Just like the original, only the first four generations of Pokémon were in the game. Don’t ask me how shocked I was when I got both Mew and Jirachi early in the game.

Either way, I did not appreciate what they did for the overworld characters for this pair of remakes (did somebody say “too much chibi”?). Hopefully, they don’t reuse that art direction for the next Pokémon games. It would make sense since the game was developed by a third party, being ILCA (pronounced “ill-kah”). They previously worked with Nintendo on Pokémon Home and had worked with Bandai Namco and Square Enix in the past. Had Drillimation Systems, being this website, developed the next mainline Pokémon games, it would be the first core series games to have been developed outside of Japan.

Drillimation has an aim of producing an RPG that combines the Mario & Luigi and Pokémon elements into one. Both franchises influenced a majority of the Chuhou Joutai series (if you don’t count Touhou Project). We don’t know when this may happen. I don’t think Nintendo and The Pokémon Company would let us make a new mainline Pokémon game because of the sheer amount of work that is put into these projects. But maybe Whitethorn Digital can help us with that.

And now, I go. I will go back to livestreaming more Mario Maker on Black Friday. Either way, enjoy the rest of your day, or have a good night, depending on where you are.

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