Last year was huge for Nintendo when it came to the Pokémon franchise with big DLC for Pokémon Sword and Shield and the announcement of New Pokémon Snap, but a leak today indicates a big remake is on the horizon. Fans of the first pair to debut on Nintendo DS back in 2006 should be on the watch for Pokémon Diamond and Pearl to hit Nintendo Switch in 2021.
Remakes of previous installments are nothing new for the Pokémon franchise, first happening with Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen on Game Boy Advance and later following up that success with remakes of Gold, Silver, Ruby, and Sapphire. While this is still just a rumour, it comes from a source with a solid track record and would be a huge next step for the Pokémon franchise.
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl rumoured for full Nintendo Switch remake
Just minutes after an ominous “Oh boy” tweet from Centro Leaks, they followed up with this huge news that Pokémon Diamond and Pearl are due for remakes on Nintendo Switch that will release in 2021. In the full report on Centro Pokémon, they provided information about the upcoming remake.
The remakes of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl are set to release on Nintendo Switch in 2021, and the announcement for it should come from The Pokémon Company this February. They also confirmed that, unlike Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee and Let’s Go Pikachu, these will follow the more traditional method of catching Pokémon seen in the series.
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl first released for Nintendo DS in 2006, and it was the first installment of the series to launch on that console. The series saw commercial and critical success, though it often gets lost in the conversation about past installments of the franchise.
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl introduced players to the Sinnoh region and the starters of Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup. None of those three are currently obtainable in Pokémon Sword and Shield, so this would be their debut on Nintendo Switch.
While the starters haven’t had the same staying power, the impact of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl on the series in later years is undeniable. Some of the most beloved modern favorites today, such as Lucario, and many new evolutions of classic Pokémon like Magmortar, Rhyperior, and catching machine Gallade are still mainstays of the franchise.
What makes this rumour believable?
While this is just a rumour and has not yet been confirmed by Nintendo or The Pokémon Company, Centro Leaks (also known as Centro Pokémon) has revealed accurate information before. Centro Leaks reported heavily on the DLC for Pokémon Sword and Shield, with multiple eventually confirmed leaks regarding The Crown Tundra.
Back in June of 2020, four whole months before The Crown Tundra released, they confirmed chapter names for the main story with official graphics that matched up once the DLC was released. In October, in the days leading up to the release of The Crown Tundra, they followed that up by revealing one of the new Legendary Pokémon and more details about the game.
Centro Leaks has been reporting on Pokémon for several years now, and have remained one of the more respected sources for Pokémon information. They also confirmed details about the Galarian Star Tournament, a feature of The Crown Tundra, in a tweet from early June.
There have been other tweets going back the last few months from Centro Leaks talking about the possibility of a previous installment in the Pokémon series being remade, but things had remained vague until now. While it looks like we’ll have to wait for February to get official confirmation, it’s unlikely Centro Leaks would’ve taken the step to report this news without very solid information that Pokémon Diamond and Pearl will be revealed.