Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will be like other sets of the franchise, with notable differences between the two games.
These are the first Pokemon main series games made by a studio other than Game Freak. ILCA has been given the green light to deliver remakes of Generation IV’s beloved Diamond and Pearl.
Which version to buy? The differences should fall in line with the originals, which means the choice is likely to come down to version-exclusive Pokemon. If so, Brilliant Diamond is the way to go.
The differences between Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
It’s safe to assume that Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will have the same exclusive Pokémon that were found in the original versions released back in 2006.
This means that Brilliant Diamonds version-exclusive Pokemon are:
- Seel, Dewgong, Scyther, Scizor, Murkrow, Larvitar, Pupitar, Tyranitar, Poochyena, Mightyena, Aron, Lairon, Aggron, Kecleon, Cranidos, Rampardos, Honchkrow, Stunky, Skunktank og Dialga
Exclusive to Shining Pearl includes:
- Slowpoke, Slowbro, Slowking, Pinsir, Misdreavus, Houndour, Houndoom, Stantler, Spheal, Sealeo, Walrein, Bagon, Shelgon, Salamence, Shieldon, Bastiodon, Mismagius, Glameow, Purugly and Palkia.
It’s just a starting list based on the first Diamond and Pearl games. If Pokemon from other regions come to Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, there may be even more exclusives.
Which version should players buy?
Brilliant Diamond will simply be a better option as it has some of the more popular and powerful Pokemons as exclusive finds. Scizor, Tyranitar and Dialga are more than enough to put it ahead of Shining Pearl.
While people like Houndoom and Salamence entice, the overall list of exclusive Pokemon in Brilliant Diamond is far better than those included in Shining Pearl.
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Both options come with the same pre-order bonus, no matter where the players buy their copy from. And since trading is much easier now than ever before, it may not matter at all to choose one version over the other.
Note: This article reflects the author’s personal views.