Almost everyone remembers Pokémon Diamond & Pearl from the Nintendo DS era of gaming from the 2000’s. Pokémon Diamond & Pearl were games that came out in ’06; both being successors to Pokémon FireRed and Leaf Green for Game Boy Advance in ’04. Since their initial releases back in ’06 Pokemon Diamond & Pearl has managed to sell over 17 million copies worldwide. Pokémon Diamond & Pearl saw the inclusion of at least 107 new creatures from its predecessors and ended being among the best selling games for the Nintendo DS overall. One of the main features that stood out the most in Pokémon Diamond & Pearl was its backwards compatibility with third generation games. Players were able to migrate Pokémon from LeafGreen, FireRed, Ruby and Sapphire to Diamond & Pearl after acquiring National Pokédex. Its uncertain at the moment how the backwards compatibility feature with Game Boy Advance games would work on the Switch remake; if that particular feature is even included.
The visual aspect of the Switch remake for Pokémon Diamond & Pearl looks impressive as Nintendo announced that it will remain faithful to the original game from ’06. Even though, Pokemon Diamond & Pearl came out over fourteen years ago its still a memorable classic that long time fans of the series are still fond of. The question is whether or not the remake of Diamond & Pearl will be as popular as the original version of the game. Its doubtful that the remakes of Diamond & Pearl will sell as much as the originals; but it would not be surprising if they reached at least million in sales on the Switch console within a year. While Diamond & Pearl was not quite as popular as Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow from the 90’s they were released on a game system that reached over 154 million sales during its lifespan. The Nintendo DS is considered to be the second best selling game system of all-time behind the PS2. If Diamond & Pearl was among the top five best selling games for the Nintendo DS between the mid 00’s-early 10’s than this 3D remake is well deserved. As it currently stands Game Freak is working alongside with ILCA on the Diamond & Pearl remake which is set to be released in late 2021.