A digital artist has reimagined the Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl trailers to show exactly how the remakes should have been designed.
You can’t always get what you want, but you can create a trailer for it anyway. This seems to be the philosophy for one artistic Pokémon fan who has reimagined the announcement trailer for the Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl remakes to reflect a more modern art style.
The digital artist posted their game concept on Twitter, where they go by @millenniumloops, with the disclaimer that “this is not an actual game”, but simply a reimagining of how they wanted the remakes to be. It’s not the first time a Poké-fan’s creation has taken Twitter by storm, with players often taking it upon themselves to create art depicting their own takes on the franchise.
The trailer redesign comes after the long speculated Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remakes were confirmed in February as part of Pokémon’s 25th anniversary, alongside the news of the franchise’s first open-world game, Pokémon Legends: Arceus. The announcement trailer received mixed reviews from fans, with many being eager to receive an updated take on the Sinnoh region for the Nintendo Switch.
While the DS game remakes will be featuring a remastered design, there were significant complaints of GameFreak being lazy and producing an underwhelming product.
After the release of Pokémon Sword and Shield for the Switch in 2019, many fans hoped to see this more immersive, contemporary visual style carried across to the console’s upcoming remakes, rather than a more basic design similar to how the Pokémon: Let’s Go games reimagined Pokémon Yellow.
What Pokemon Fans Wanted vs What We Got (Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Edition)
— SacredAlmighty (@GucciCanti) March 10, 2021
Fans who prefer a more realistic adventure rather than the chibi style of these remakes will have to wait until early 2022 for the brand new story of Pokémon Legends: Arceus, and it’s likely that the development of this innovative new venture for the Pokémon universe is a factor in the less groundbreaking nature of Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.
However, with the remakes set for worldwide release in late 2021, this blast from the past will be sure to keep you occupied and bursting with nostalgia while you wait.
While the take on Sinnoh reimagined by Millenniumloops definitely won’t be coming to the Switch, it’s still inspiring to see what the artist and game designer created with a week of their free time using models from previous games as well as their own creations. There’s a whole lot of drama going down in their Twitter replies, proving that there’s truly no way to satisfy the entire Pokémon community, but it’s clear that this vision of what could have been has created quite the impact.
With “dreams of working with GameFreak” in the creator’s bio, it’s not hard to imagine this goal one day becoming a reality. That is, if they don’t get sued by Nintendo first.