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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Also known as: Pocket Monsters Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl (JP/KR)
Developer: ILCA
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Released internationally: November 19, 2021


AnimationsIcon.png This game has unused animations.
MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.


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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are remakes of the original Generation IV games and the first mainline entries to not be developed by Game Freak (although Junichi Masuda did still serve as director). It turned out to be rather divisive due to the "chibi" art style, lack of new content when compared to previous remakes in the series, numerous glitches, and being faithful to a fault - said fault primarily being the exclusion of many of the story and gameplay improvements from Platinum.

Unlike previous remakes, these games were limited to the 493 Pokémon available in Gen IV, with the new Grand Underground and Ramanas Park (replacing the original's Underground and Pal Park, respectively) allowing you to catch most of the Pokémon not native to Sinnoh.

Hmmm...
To do:
  • Look into the unpatched base game, which includes, for example, placeholder music.
  • As usual, leftover items from previous games.
  • Are any of the Pokétch apps that do not return unused in the game? (Berry Searcher, Link Searcher, Move Tester, Matchup Checker, and Stopwatch and Alarm Clock which were unused originally)

Unseen Animations

As with every other companion trainer in the game, Barry has a fully-featured run animation, but it goes unused in the final game. This is because it is only programmed to work when the player is running, and the player isn't given the Running Shoes until after your rival accompanies them to Lake Verity. However, it can be seen if the player uncaps the frame rate through an emulator, or by modding.

Regular Walk Running Walk
BDSPBarryWalk.gif BDSPBarryRun.gif

Hidden Music

Hmmm...
To do:
Rip these from the game and add them here as audio files instead of Youtube videos.

Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl have two music tracks hidden in the files (NAZO_A and NAZO_B), presumably composed/arranged by Junichi Masuda, as he's credited for the games' music despite his style not appearing amidst Shota Kageyama's contributions to the soundtrack.

Unseen Models

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Specifically: List the trainers that have fully-modeled hair.

Most of the trainer models that wear hats have fully-modeled hair.

Revisional Differences

v1.0.0

The initial physical release, containing an incomplete version of the game.

v1.1.0

Hmmm...
To do:
Adjustments to NPC trainers' teams, apparently.

Released November 11, 2021. A sizable patch that added several key features:

  • Multiplayer and online communications to the Grand Underground, Super Contest Shows, and the Union Room (though only support for one other player at a time).
  • Mystery Gift
  • Ramanas Park
  • Opening and ending cutscenes
  • The HP bar animation's delay is increased.

v1.1.1

Released November 17, 2021.

According to official notes, optimized data for the previous update.

v1.1.2

Released December 1, 2021.

  • Fixes issues that could have prevented progress.
  • Fixes a menu glitch.
  • Fixes a cloning glitch involving the Nursery.

v1.1.3

Released December 21, 2021.

  • Fixes more menu-related glitches.
  • Fixes a glitch that allowed you to surf on land.
  • Fixes two instances of Pokémon knowing unusable moves.
  • Removes Shaymin from Flower Paradise, as it was possible to use glitches to gain access and encounter it without the associated event item. Oddly enough, it is/was also possible to reach Newmoon Island in a similar fashion, but Darkrai wouldn't appear.
  • During rematches, Fantina's Banette knew Snatch. It was replaced with Payback.
  • Ace Trainer Meagan on Route 228 had a Delcatty that knew Feint Attack. It was replaced with Covet.

v1.2.0

Released February 21, 2022.

  • Adds Group Ranking machines in the Jubilife TV Station, allowing you to check rankings for players inside the Groups as well as Global Rankings for Pokémon, Battle Tower, and Super Contests.
  • The Union Room now supports up to 8 players, Capsule Decorations can now also be shown to others.
  • Adds the Colosseum battle feature.
  • The game will now detect Pokémon obtained through unintended means and blocks them from being used in Link Battles or Trades.
  • Adds the Legends: Arceus origin mark.
  • Fixes the "Strength Menu Glitch".

v1.3.0

Released March 15, 2022.

  • Adds an event to encounter (and potentially catch) Arceus if the user has a completed Pokémon Legends: Arceus save file.
  • Enables the GWS in Jubilife City, allowing users to Wonder Trade with other players online.
(Source: Bulbapedia, Serebii)