Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Switch remakes could be on their way
After months of rumours that Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl, the hit 2006 Nintendo DS game, would be making their way to the Nintendo Switch this year, it now seems to be almost a sure thing with Pokemon announcing a 20-minute ‘Pokemon Presents’ announcement to take place in the wee hours of Saturday morning.
Whispers of a potential remaster of the popular fourth-gen game actually began back in 2019, when the Pokemon Company began ramping up production of items heavily featuring the Diamond and Pearl generation, particularly starters and other popular gen-four Pokemon, indicating a remake may be in the works.
Another clue the remakes may finally see the light of day is a leaked screenshot from the GameStop database (yes, that GameStop), showing two new SKUs (product numbers) listed at US$59.99. The fact that these SKUs have popped up just days before the Pokemon Presents announcement, and that they’re priced consistently with previous Switch Pokemon titles, seems to be a further indication of their upcoming release.
Adding even more fuel to the fire, the official Pokemon Twitter has been counting down the days till the 25th anniversary with tweets celebrating each generation. It wasn’t a surprise, therefore, that gen four got a look in, but it was the wording that got fans excited ‘Let’s Go, Sinnoh!’ Could this mean the remasters will be in the same style as the Let’s Go Eevee and Let’s Go Pikachu remakes of the 1998 Game Boy game, Pokemon Yellow.
The presentation, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of Pokemon (no, we can’t believe it either), will take place at 2:00am for NSW, Victoria and Tassie residents, 1:30am for South Australians, 1.00am for Queenslanders, 12:30am for those in the NT and a far more agreeable 11:00pm tonight for Western Aussies.
You can watch it over on Youtube, or simply check back here at the designated time to catch it below.