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Pokémon Shining Pearl - Nintendo Switch
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- Revisit the Sinnoh region from the original Pokémon Pearl Version game and set off to try and become the Champion of the Pokémon League
- The Pokémon Shining Pearl game brings new life to this remade classic with added features
- Explore the Grand Underground to dig up items and Pokémon Fossils, build a Secret Base, and more.
- Test your style and rhythm in a Super Contest Show
- A reimagined adventure, now for the Nintendo Switch system
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Revisit the Sinnoh region and story of Pokémon Pearl Version
Experience the nostalgic story from the Pokémon Pearl Version game in a reimagined adventure, Pokémon Shining Pearl, now on the Nintendo Switch system! Adventures in the Pokémon Shining Pearl game will take place in the familiar Sinnoh region. Rich in nature and with mighty Mount Coronet at its heart, Sinnoh is a land of many myths passed down through the ages. You’ll choose either Turtwig, Chimchar, or Piplup to be your first partner Pokémon and then set off on your journey to become the Champion of the Pokémon League. Along the way, you’ll run into the mysterious organization Team Galactic, and be able to encounter the Legendary Pokémon Palkia.
Explore the revamped Grand Underground or put on a Super Contest Show
The Underground from the Pokémon Pearl Version game has been powered up and is now called the Grand Underground. Here, you can dig up valuable treasure and Pokémon Fossils, create your own Secret Base, and more! When you aren’t exploring in the Grand Underground, enter a Super Contest Show! Super Contest Shows are events put on by four performers and their partner Pokémon, who work together to dance and show off their skills. You can also adventure in the Grand Underground or put on a Super Contest Show with other players through the local* or online** communication of your Nintendo Switch system!
Walk with your Pokémon, change up your style, and customize your Poké Balls
Choose a Pokémon that you’ve befriended during your journey to walk along behind you in the game. Depending on the Pokémon, you’ll see different gestures or ways of walking, and when you talk to your Pokémon, it will respond. You’ll also be able to add your own personal style!
*Additional games and systems required. Sold separately.
**Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online features. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply.
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Revisit the Sinnoh region and the story of the Pokémon Diamond Version and the Pokémon Pearl Version games
Adventures in the Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl games will take place in the familiar Sinnoh region. Rich in nature and with mighty Mount Coronet at its heart, Sinnoh is a land of many myths passed down through the ages. You’ll choose either Turtwig, Chimchar, or Piplup to be your first partner Pokémon and then set off on your journey to become the Champion of the Pokémon League. Along the way, you’ll run into the mysterious organization Team Galactic, and be able to encounter the Legendary Pokémon Dialga or Palkia.
Become the Champion
Set off on your journey to try to become the Champion of the Pokémon League
Choose Turtwig, Chimchar, or Piplup to be your first partner Pokémon
There’s an adventure for everyone
Enjoy plenty of fun encounters and surprises that the Sinnoh region has to offer
The Underground from the Pokémon Diamond Version and Pokémon Pearl Version games has been powered up and is now called the Grand Underground. Here, you can dig up valuable treasure and Pokémon Fossils, create your own Secret Base, and catch Pokémon in places called Pokémon Hideaways.
When you aren’t exploring in the Grand Underground, enter a Super Contest Show! Super Contest Shows are popular events in the Sinnoh region, each put on by four performers and their partner Pokémon, who work together to dance and show off their performance skills.
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Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2021
The underground and pageants have been updated and are much simpler and more enjoyable to play, but the poffin making mini game is no longer touch based. Also your pokemon can follow you around (after a certain point).
What the game has changed is good, but the game play reads as stale and outdated compared to other remakes such as ORAS or HGSS. Where those games built upon the foundation of what they had and improved upon it with updated technology and features, BDSP seems to be treading the same old tired path that no longer matches the quality that nintendo can now put out with a more powerful and advanced system.
No, this game didn't set out to redesign the wheel, but it they sure could've done better!
Sadly a continuation of Sword and Shield's backwards direction in taking Pokemon. While the graphics are shiny and updated, and the music remastered/remixed, the Diamond and Pearl remakes fall short in about every way. Let's go over some of the main reasons why I did not enjoy them.
- Everything is the same. Excluding the Grand Underground, which is interesting for about a half an hour, the new games field absolutely no changes to the story or characters. You could place down your old DS next to your switch and play the original Pearl or Diamond and you would be playing the exact same thing. At least when they remade Ruby and Sapphire they added in new things and made it more interesting, while expanding on characters and story elements. This game does none of that.
- Far too easy. Unfortunately, just like Sword and Shield, these games feature an automatic experience share that quickly causes your Pokemon team to outpace and out-level almost all enemies. By the end of the game every fight was an absolute joke and required zero thought or skill. Additionally, your Pokemon will now do random things such as shrugging off attacks, scoring extra critical strikes, and even expelling negative status conditions from themselves just to please you, making battles skewed in your favor even if you weren't over-leveled. The original Diamond and Pearl were a good challenge, with a powerful set of bosses and a terrifying final boss. These games are... well for little kids basically. There is really no challenge to be found here whatsoever.
- No Platinum features. Platinum took Diamond and Pearl and improved on pretty much everything. It revamped enemy teams, added new Pokemon, new items, and generally expanded the game. However none of that is present in this game. Enemy teams are still the dull lineups of the original games that often don't even match their theme. Why is it that several gyms feature trainers with Pokemon that don't even fit the theme? Did they really HAVE to keep the team line-ups from Diamond and Pearl? The only caveat to this is the Grand Underground, which seems to allow you to catch certain Pokemon that were available in the platinum expansion, but none of the enemy trainers in the game will use these.
- Generally bland. Somehow, just like the original games, combat is on the slow side, taking a good chunk of time between each action, and causing you to yawn while you wait for abilities and statuses to trigger. The graphics are nice, but simple. Nothing can be taken seriously in the chibi, cutesy style, and there aren't many cut-scenes or chances to see things in more standard graphics.
- Not great controls. Now that movement is not aligned to a grid, it can be quite wonky. It can be hard to aim your character and get them to walk exactly how you want, and even more annoying to try and take quick exact turns while riding the bicycle. Additionally, without a touch screen, the poke-tech now requires a separate menu that must be selected each time you want to use it, and takes up the whole screen! You must then also manually move around a cursor to click on things. It's very tedious and altogether annoying to use. The hotkeys for key items are also in odd locations and feel weird to use.
No HM requirements. One of this game's few saving graces is that it no longer requires you to teach Pokemon on your team the Field moves required to complete the game, which allows you to keep your Pokemon's move slots free for whatever you wish to use. However, this is no longer very helpful now that the game is so easy.
- Contests. I have never messed with Pokemon contests so I cannot comment on whether they are improved from the original or not.
Verdict: Overall just a mess. These games could have been so amazing but they are a complete letdown. I will give them 1 extra star above the minimum because they do both look and sound very nice, but in the end I just did not have any fun playing them. It really felt like a waste of my time and money. If you are on the fence then stay away. If you want any kind of challenge then don't buy these, and if you want to return to your childhood nostalgia, then go replay the original Diamond and Pearl, or possibly Platinum. Any of those 3 are better than these new games.
Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2022
Also if you buy the game from Amazon, you are supposed to get a serial code that gives you special Pokeballs. Sadly it doesn't happen and really annoyed me.
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Contudo isso não tira o "brilho" de shining pearl, além de possibilitar que players de Nintendo Switch joguem o game no novo console, sem dúvida, trata-se de um remake com qualidade e adição de novos recursos.