Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Graphics Comparison: Two Trailers Compared

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Pokémon fans worry a lot about graphics. Whether it's the quality of that one tree in Sword and Shield or picking apart the landscape of a pre-release Pokémon Legends: Arceus, players arguably pore over the designs of new games more than any other fanbase.

While the chibi style of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl won't be for everyone, there was still some disappointment among the community that stemmed from further than the design choices. Whether it was how the tall grass looked or the Pokémon sprites in battle, the gripes were numerous. Of course, it paled in comparison to the criticism that befell Legends: Arceus, but the murmurings were there to be heard.


However, the new trailer has assuaged some of those graphical fears, and after six more months in the oven, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are looking better than ever.

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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Graphics Comparison

If you didn't spot the differences (we don't blame you, we missed a bunch, too), then the Game Bash YouTube channel has come to the rescue.


The good folks over there put the two trailer side-by-side to compare them, and the differences between the two trailers are stark. You can check it out for yourself here:

Skip straight to 5:03 if you want the direct comparison, or watch from the start to remind yourself of both trailers first.

From what we spotted, the textures and lighting are the biggest changes, but the battle screens have also had a delicious overhaul. From the character models to the Pokémon animations to the background assets, battling in the Sinnoh region has never looked better.


The comparison is purely focused on graphics, so doesn't go into the new features for the Diamond and Pearl remakes, which look to transform the game into a new experience that still provokes that hit of nostalgia players want.