A new leak has suggested that the long-awaited Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remakes could use the playing style popularised by the "Let's Go" games.
Remakes of the Pokémon games Diamond and Pearl have been at the top of fans' wishlists for a very long time.
And as a recent leak states that Diamond and Pearl remakes will come to the Switch in 2021, there's no better time to be a Pokémon fan.
However exciting the games may be to speculate about, they may not take the form we expect them to.
This isn't all bad, as changes to the Pokémon formula in the past has helped the franchise to remain fresh. Pokémon Sun and Moon's new story structure changed the fundamentals of the series, and Sword and Shield's Dynamaxing brought in some extravagant flair to the next generation.
But, if a reliable leak is correct, the games could be looking backwards for inspiration on these remakes. But not too far.
Leak Suggests Diamond & Pearl Remakes Use Let's Go Catching Series
An old leak has resurfaced on Reddit, in a post to the gamingleaksandrumours subreddit. The post refers back to a leak made by an anonymous source in 2019, that offered an insight into both the Galar and Sinnoh region's games.
In very minimalist fashion, it simply declares the facts the user knew of upcoming Pokémon games with nothing else to spare.
The post declares the following;
"galar mr mime + new evo
fossil pokemon is made from combinations of fossils you put together
next year's games are sinnoh remakes with let's go catching
you're welcome"The anonymous source's leak
This source is reliable, given the details they offered about the features of Pokémon Sword and Shield.
They were correct that Mr. Mime would receive a Galar region variant and a new evolution. They also knew about the complex new fossil system, and both of these facts were leaked before the release of Sword and Shield.
So, it's safe to assume that this leak regarding Diamond & Pearl's remakes are true. It's great news for Let's Go fans, but some other fans have some greivances.
Pokemon Let's Go's Catching System
The Let's Go catching system has been polarising in the Pokémon community. We first saw it appear in a full game in the popular Switch titles Let's Go Pikachu! and Let's Go Eevee!.
It was heavily inspired by the ease and interactivity of Niantic's Pokémon Go and practically invented a new Pokémon experience.
The system did away with battling Pokémon altogether, instead opting for a Pokéball throwing minigame supported by the Joy-Con's motion controls. It allowed players to enjoy a more laid back Pokémon game, and take it easy on their journey across the Kanto region.
While many fans loved this addition to the classic formula, some are unsure. For many, battling Pokémon is the game's entire experience.
To do away with battles in the remakes of games that heavily featured battling could well dampen the experience for some players.
One commentor on the leak's Reddit post said it best;
It's very possible that our return to the Sinnoh region could use this feature, and scrap battles totally. The leak's source is reliable, but to truly know for sure, we'll just have to wait and see.
Who knows, we could find out more much sooner than we think. A recent Nintendo leak suggests a Pokémon Direct could be coming this week.
It wouldn't be totally unwise to bring more Pokémon Go-style gameplay to the mainline series. Even after five years, Pokémon Go is still a huge financial success for Nintendo.