Rumor: Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remakes coming to Switch

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Welcome back to rumor world, so proceed with caution. Spanish-language Pokémon news website Centro Pokémon is reporting that Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remakes are in development for Nintendo Switch and will be announced at some point during the month of February. They will reportedly feature classic capture mechanics and not take after the Let’s Go games. This information comes via “sources close to the company,” presumably meaning The Pokémon Company. Centro Pokémon has been around since 2005 and very likely would not knowingly fabricate a story, so the publication must trust the credibility of these sources.

Of course, the Pokémon franchise turns 25 years old on Feb. 27, “Pokémon Day,” and The Pokémon Company has already made perfectly clear that it will be celebrating in assorted ways, (Hello, New Pokémon Snap.) So it would make perfect sense if Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remakes are in development and are to be announced next month, regardless of reports and rumors. We just have to wait another month to find out if it’s true.

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl originally released on Nintendo DS in 2006 in Japan, and fans have been clamoring pretty feverishly for remakes on Nintendo Switch in the past couple years, especially us.


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!