Nintendo announced a November release date for Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl and January 2022 for Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

Nintendo and The Pokémon Company announced this morning the release dates for Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl and Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will launch on Nov. 19, 2021, and the open-world RPG Pokemon Legends: Arceus will launch with a release date of Jan. 28, 2022.

The box art for the games was revealed as well. The Diamond and Pearl Sinnoh remakes feature their respective legendary mascots, Dialga and Palkia, rendered in 3D on the covers. Additionally, there will be a special double pack that includes both games releasing too. Each game goes for $59.99, and the double pack costs $119.99. These titles are faithfully recreated from their Nintendo DS iterations, and veteran players will find familiarity with the remakes. First-time explorers to Sinnoh will experience new encounters and surprises.

Meanwhile, Pokemon Legends: Arceus takes the franchise in a new direction as it blends action and RPG elements in an open world. Legends: Arceus takes place in an ancient era of Sinnoh, with the player tasked to complete the region’s very first Pokédex. Present-day concepts like being a Pokémon trainer or battling the Pokémon League didn’t exist back then.

The harsh environments here are drastically different from modern-era Sinnoh. Players will be able to observe Pokémon behavior, sneak up on them, and then throw Poké Balls to capture them.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl and Pokémon Legends: Arceus were announced earlier this year, and now we have their release dates.

George Yang

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