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Previously, The Pokémon Company announced three new main series titles as part of its Pokémon Day celebration in February of 2021. Now, Nintendo of America has confirmed the release dates for Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will simultaneously launch on Nov. 19, 2021. Meanwhile, Pokémon Legends: Arceus will release on Jan. 28, 2022.

How to pre-order Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Pokémon Legends: Arceus is currently available to pre-order online for $60 at Amazon, Best Buy and GameStop. Likewise, players can pre-order Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl for $60 a piece on those same websites.

In addition, fans who can’t decide between the two Sinnoh remakes will be able to purchase a double pack with both games for $120. However, there are currently no pre-order listings for the double pack.

More about these games

Just as Generations 1-3 of Pokémon received their own remakes, Generation 4 has been remade in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. These games will take players on a familiar trip through the Sinnoh region with 3D chibi-style graphics reminiscent of the 2D sprites from the original Diamond and Pearl. As in the originals, trainers will begin their adventure with either Turtwig, Chimchar or Piplup.

Players will visit a very different version of Sinnoh in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Set in the distant past, this game features an open-world approach unlike any other Pokémon game. In addition, trainers will get to choose from a different set of starter Pokémon: Rowlet, Cyndaquil and Oshawott. These Pokémon each originated in regions outside of Sinnoh.

Alongside its unique open-world environment, this game will also feature a new approach to battling and catching wild Pokémon. Trainers will be able to sneak up on wild Pokémon and throw Poké Balls to capture them without ever engaging in a battle. Conversely, trainers can throw out one of their own Pokémon to seamlessly transition from the overworld into a battle.


Dylan Tate is a student in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, particularly Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon.


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