Review: Pokémon Brilliant Diamond / Shining Pearl explained to parents.

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What parents need to know

Discover the new generation of Pokémon in this opus (Pokémon: Pocket Monsters). Become a Pokémon trainer, choose your starting monster, and go on an adventure in the new region of Sinnoh and discover the mystery behind the legendary Dialga and Palkia.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Boxart Screen Sharing
Pokemon Shining Pearl Boxart Screen Sharing

Release date: November 19, 2021

Developed by: Game Freak Inc.
Published by: Nintendo
Available on: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite

Game Type: Role-playing
Average time of one game: 1 hour

Estimate of the total duration of the game:
About 40 hours for the main story.
More than 100 hours if you plan to do everything, raise Pokémon to maximum levels, etc.

Topics: Fights, adventures, history

Business model: Need to buy the game once.

Number of players:
1 local player

Available in physical (cartouche) or digital (download on console)

Possible configurations of the Nintendo Switch:

Nintendo Switch Handheld modeNintendo Switch Tabletop modeNintendo Switch TV Mode
Players3+ 7+ 12+16+18+

The game is almost infinite. When the main adventure is over, there are still multiple quests to complete, hundreds of Pokémon to raise, and many challenges. It’s multiplied if you play with your friends and online.


Orange Green Gauge

It will take perseverance to get to the end of the adventure. After that, many challenges with all levels of difficulty will be available.

Violence, fear, nudity?

Monsters fight each other in many battles. Never blood. When monsters lose, they are knocked out and can always be cared for. Attacks of fire, ice, electricity… are used.

Language level used

Enough developed. Suitable for children from the end of primary school, or secondary or more.

Positive message

The vast majority of the inhabitants are very helpful and kind. Only the bad guys, and the rivals, provoke a little. This episode contains more ethnic diversity than the others. It is always possible to choose whether to control a girl or a boy at the beginning of the adventure.

Minimum reading level required

Asked to read for a few years.

Additional costs ?


Minimum level of execution on the controller required

Very easy. Just menus to browse. No reflex required.

Principle of the game

/!\ Attention Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl are the same games. They have some small differences among the Pokémon available and in the story, but only one game is needed.

This is a role-playing game in which players assume the role of a Pokémon trainer trying to become the champion. To become the champion, he must get the best Pokémon and make them triumph in battles. Players explore the fictional region of Sinnoh, inspired by the Japanese island of Hokkaido and engage in turn-based battles with other trainers.

Local game modes

Just one game mode where you go through history.

Online gaming modes

Requires a Nintendo Switch Online subscription to play on the Internet with friends or others.


More information about the game: Official website of the game


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