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One Piece Odyssey

April 15: Bandai Namco is bringing One Piece Odyssey to Switch, the company just announced. It’s set to launch on July 26, 2024.

One Piece Odyssey is a turn-based RPG that first came out last year. Ilca, perhaps best known for Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, worked on the game. 

What went wrong with Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Whether you like Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl or hate them, you can probably agree that something did indeed go wrong during their development. Though the games do have some merit as faithful Sinnoh remakes, many dedicated Pokemon players consider BDSP among the worst of the main series entries. Today, we’re taking a look at the state the games were launched in, the kind of content that was added to them via updates, and how the games hold up in 2024.

Pokemon Works

The Pokemon Company has established a new Pokemon Works subsidiary, and fans are speculating about what it could mean for the future.

At least at the moment, there’s not much to go on. Pokemon Works is only known to be operating in Shinjuku, and is in the same building as Ilca. Ilca, of course, is behind the Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Switch remakes, which launched in 2021.

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Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl update 1.3.0

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl have both given a new update, and the two Switch RPGs are now at version 1.3.0.

We reported earlier today that players would have an opportunity to obtain Arceus as part of a tie-in with Pokemon Legends: Arceus after installing the patch. Nintendo confirms that this is now live, but in addition, a new network-trading feature has been added.

The full patch notes for the Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl version 1.3.0 update are as follows:

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl update 1.2.0

A new 1.2.0 update has just gone live for Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl. It includes a maximum player expansion for Union Rooms, a new Colosseum battle feature, and more.

Below are the full patch notes for the Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl version 1.2.0 update:

pokemon brilliant diamond shining pearl survey

A little while back, Japanese magazine Famitsu conducted a survey for Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl. Fans were asked about various topics, such as the version they chose, the starter Pokemon they went with, and the Gym leader they found the toughest to fight.

According to the survey results, Famitsu registered 685 men, 190 women, and 32 “other” as participants. The breakdown of ages was as follows: under 10: 2 people; teens: 205 people; 20s: 545 people; 30s: 131 people; 40s: 16 people; 50s: 6 people; 60s or older: 2 people.

pokemon brilliant diamond shining pearl easter egg

Just like the original games on DS, Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl feature an Easter egg that can only be seen today, January 12.

Today is Junichi Masuda’s birthday. Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl celebrate this with an Easter egg in which players can see some sparkling diamond dust falling in in Snowpoint City. If you play any other day, the effect won’t be present.

Here’s a look at it in action:

pokemon brilliant diamond shining pearl secret base distribution

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl have started up a new distribution, with players now having the opportunity to receive five statues for their Secret Base. You’ll be getting Rhyperior, Electivire, Glaceon, Pachirisu, and Lucario here.

Today’s distribution is all about the Grand Underground as that’s where the Secret Base is. Your personal Secret Base can be accessed once you’ve reached Eterna City and completing a few tasks from the Underground Man. Statues can not only be used for decoration, but they also provide higher spawn rates for certain types of Pokemon in the Grand Underground.

Follow the steps below to participate in the new Pokemon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl Secret Base statue distribution:

According to a translation by Serebii, Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl surpassed 6 million global sales during their launch week.

pokemon brilliant diamond shining pearl review

System: Switch
Release date: November 19, 2021
Developer: ILCA
Publisher: Nintendo


Pokemon Diamond and Pearl originally came to us here in the west back in 2007. I was a senior in high school when I first got my copy and ended up stopping my clock in game at 999 hours. To put it lightly, I was hooked. The series’ first entry on the DS gave us a lush new region to explore with interesting additions like the Poketch and the ability to select moves in battle that utilized the system’s touchscreen. Along with being able to bring over Pokemon from the previous generation of games, a more complete Pokedex was possible, and it was easier to attain before. Nostalgia aside, it’s now 2021 and we have the remakes in hand with Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl on Switch. Do the Sinnoh games live up to the hype, or should we have left this one… underground?


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