Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are “faithful remakes” of their 2006 predecessors, Nintendo says. But these video games had been bizarre. And they had been Nintendo DS video games, in spite of everything, with options particular to its dual-screen {hardware}.

All this leaves followers questioning what from the unique Pokémon Diamond and Pearl will make it to their Nintendo Switch remakes. From the 40 minutes of gameplay Polygon noticed in a preview occasion, we will say that developer ILCA has preserved the quirks of the unique video games, whereas mixing in quality-of-life updates from newer entries like Pokémon Sword and Shield.

By and massive, the game appears like it would carry quite a bit again from the originals. The preview confirmed Route 208, an early space of the game simply exterior a mountain, and wanting on the space, we noticed the route remade with all its regular landmarks and characters, besides with up to date graphics. Even quirkier options just like the Pokétch, a wise watch with apps, have made their strategy to the remakes. In this game, it is possible for you to to make use of the app to do issues like depend your steps, and depart notes utilizing the Switch’s contact display screen.

Quality-of-life options seen in Pokémon video games on the Nintendo Switch make up the majority of the modifications we noticed in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. The remakes get an autosave characteristic, for starters. In Pokémon battles, each Pokémon in your social gathering features expertise after a battle, and you possibly can swap Pokémon in and out of your storage system at any level, too. You’ll additionally now not want Pokémon with particular Hidden Moves in your social gathering to fly or trip on the water anymore. Say goodbye to needing one Bidoof that is aware of Surf, Cut, and Rock Smash!

There can also be one tiny, however immensely essential change within the battle menu: Your checklist of assaults will inform you how efficient every transfer is. If you will have a Pokémon that is aware of a water-type transfer and you’re dealing with a fire-type Pokémon, the menu will inform you {that a} water-type assault like “Water Gun” is, in fact, tremendous efficient. Players now not have to lookup what’s tremendous efficient towards what.

a pokemon character in a pokemon hideaway in the underground

Image: The Pokémon Company/ILCA Inc

Diamond and Pearl’s particular space, the Underground, may even change up in a reasonably vital method. In the originals, gamers may mine for objects and beautify a secret base there. While the remakes will protect the mining mini game of the unique, the key base is swapped out for “Pokémon Hideaways,” little rooms the place you possibly can battle and catch Pokémon whereas exploring the tunnels.

Though the Underground nonetheless has secret bases, you’ll now not have the ability to beautify them. Instead, you’ll fill out your base with Pokémon statues you accumulate whereas dowsing. Combinations of those statues could have particular results on the remainder of the Underground. For occasion, in the event you place three statues of bug-type Pokémon in your secret base, you’ll see extra bug-types within the rooms elsewhere within the zone.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, by ILCA, Inc. and The Pokémon Company, launches Nov. 19 on Nintendo Switch.