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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Faithful Team Galactic Commander Designs in Pokémon Shining Pearl and Brilliant Diamond

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - At least it's faithful in this way.

This article is here just so I can present a receipt: Back four and a half years ago, I was writing about what was on my mind regarding Sinnoh remakes. Pokémon fans were discussing the prospect of these for many years before they were actually announced at the start of 2021.

One of my worries was that they would go and redesign all of the character designs I really liked in a hypothetical Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl remake, like how they completely redid (and I consider this to be a bad thing) when going from Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire to Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. I had a picture of Dawn, Dawn in winter clothes, Cynthia, and Galactic Commander Mars. I wanted them to stay the same.

With this new The Pokémon Company International trailer of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl, I'm happy to report this is exactly what'll happen:

As you can see from watching the whole video plus the others up to this point, Dawn, Cynthia, and Mars look as they all originally did; the winter clothes protagonists from Pokémon Platinum are available as an early-purchase bonus if you use the in-game Mystery Gift function before February 21, 2022 while your Switch is connected to the Internet.

There are some dumb people making poor takes that go along the lines of criticising how “lazy” the game's development is because they DIDN'T redesign the characters. They don't offer any aesthetic or design reasoning why the original designs are faulty to begin with that they need to be redesigned, of course. They just want to attack the developers on anything. (There are already legitimate, game design reasons to fault the developers... and it's BECAUSE they changed things for the sake of changing which caused them to become worse.) Of course, they don't apply this logic on any other remake for other games.

Pokémon Shining Pearl Brilliant Diamond Team Galactic Commander Mars Purugly Scratch Grotle
Poor Grotle!
But Mars is cute, yes. ...As is Purugly.

Side point: I'm really liking the music. There were negative reports coming out about the music, but those seem like FAKE NEWS designed to attack the game than tell the truth. Put your faith in your ears listening to this trailer than what you might hear from bad people in the media or social media.

I hope that the presence of winter clothes for a time-limited window (and hopefully it won't stay locked to that window permanently?) won't be the only thing that Pokémon Platinum brings. You can also observe Lucario using Meteor Mash against Cyrus's Weavile, a move that Lucario couldn't learn back in the original, but can learn as of Generation 8. That doesn't necessarily mean anything for content, but expanded movepools should mean things for what you might encounter from trainer and wild Pokémon, as well as your own. That could be interesting. In a good way. Even if not faithful, technically.

Pokémon Shining Pearl Brilliant Diamond chibi angy angry Cyrus stare no nose
Cyrus does gain a nose in his battle model where one didn't exist in the overworld, much like in the originals.

Ludwig has a crush on Mars and he was concerned that she would've been redesigned in a way that he wouldn't like, so he thinks it's article-worthy that she kept her design. That's really what this whole thing is about. But maybe you can find some other justification and talking points from this new trailer.

In an unfaithful move, Pal Park is being replaced with something called Ramanas Park, and it'll be packed with legends.


  1. I can appreciate the faithfulness, but I still don’t think this style of Chibi translates well into 3D.

    The face and hair kinda just look pasted on. I don’t know, I don’t think the recent 3D models other than the Pokemon look that great.

    1. You're giving me Miitopia thoughts with the face and hair pasted on remark.


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