A new Pokémon game seems likely in 2021 and will potentially be a remake of an earlier game. Could Pokemon Diamond/Pearl remakes be coming?
Pokémon games often release in a pattern, starting with a new generation, think X/Y, Sun/Moon, and Sword/Shield. Followed by an add-on or enhanced edition, think Black/White 2, Ultra Sun/Moon, or the 2020 Sword Shield DLC.
This pattern is never set-in-stone and is sometimes subject to change, but it gives the series a degree of predictability. Something that fans use to (often accurately) predict where the series will go next.
Before the Nintendo Switch, Pokémon had released an enhanced remake of Pokémon Sun/Moon on the 3DS, Ultra Sun/Moon. So it was too soon for a new 8th generation title, therefore a remake of an older one seemed more likely.
Following the success of the gen 3 remakes on 3DS, Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby, fans expected Game Freak to release a remake of gen 4, Pokémon Diamond/Pearl on the Nintendo Switch. Although the company surprised everyone by taking a different path.
Instead, they took advantage of new technology to remake Pokémon’s first generation – for a second time. Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow was first remade in 2004 on the Game Boy Advance, given the titles FireRed/LeafGreen.
But this time, they focused their efforts on remaking Pokémon Yellow on the Nintendo Switch and called it Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee. A fully 3D and HD remake of gen 1, which also included Pokémon Go functionality.
What Does Let’s Go Mean for The Pokémon Diamond/Peal Remakes?
The release of the Let’s Go games gave many fans the impression that the Pokémon series was starting again when it came to remakes. Meaning we’d likely receive Let’s Go editions of gen 2 and 3 before gen 4 finally gets the remakes it deserves.
But we’re not convinced this is the case. Instead, we think it’s all part of a carefully laid plan by Nintendo - and that a gen 4 Diamond/Peal remake is coming sooner than you think. Let’s examine the evidence.
Many fans believe that Pokémon 2021 will be another remake of gen 2, which got its first remake ten years after the original Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal was released. HeartGold/SoulSilver came out on the DS, but in 2021 fans believe its Crystal edition is the next candidate for the Let’s Go treatment on Nintendo Switch.
We agree, but we believe this will be in 2022, not 2021. We think that the Diamond/Pearl remakes will be the Pokémon games we get in 2021. And we have several good reasons why.
Pokémon Diamond/Pearl Anniversary
The first reason is that 2021 marks Pokémon’s 25th anniversary, and giving loyal customers a bit of fan service as a thank you would be an excellent move by Nintendo. This would be more meaningful than another remake of gen 2. At least at this stage.
But that’s not all; 2021 also marks the 15th anniversary of Pokémon Dimond/Peal. Making it the ideal time for a remake of the gen 4 classics. A fully 3D and HD Sinnoh to explore would be the perfect way to celebrate this.
Adding more fuel to the fire, the Pokémon Company has teased “very special 25th-anniversary celebrations for 2021”. Surely this means more than a Let’s Go version of a game that’s already had one remake?
However, it’s entirely plausible that the Pokémon Diamond/Peal remakes could be Let’s Go titles. But we expect they will be more traditional experiences like the remakes of gen 3 was on 3DS.
Moving Beyond 2021
Hypothetically speaking, if Game Freak did decide to remake all future Pokémon games as Let’s Go titles, starting with gen 2, they’d hit a bump in the road when they hit gen 3.
Gen 3 was already remade relatively recently on the 3DS as AlphaSapphire/OmegaRuby. So would Nintendo need to remake it again with Pokémon Go functionality? Port the game from 3DS and add these functions or skip it entirely? What would they do when they got to gen 5?
No, we think it’s much more likely that they’ll remake gen 4 in the traditional sense in 2021. Release a Let’s Go version of gen 2 in 2022, then an entirely new Pokémon generation in 2023. And from there, who knows?
Remember, this is even before we factor in the Nintendo Switch Pro and what this could mean for Pokémon’s future. Nintendo has just added the 11.0.0 update to the Switch, adding more online functionality