A leak of upcoming Pokémon merchandise includes a surprising number of Generation IV items from Sinnoh, which may point towards a remake.
Video games get leaked all the time, most commonly via age rating listings and shops putting up information before they were supposed to, but occasionally it’s something a bit more obscure, like upcoming merchandise.
It’s not unheard of (Team Sonic Racing was leaked that way) but the leaks of Pokémon merchandise based on Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl do seem to be legit… and also don’t have any obvious explanation.
But pokéfan Paul Ryan, who runs the website Pokéshopper, suggests that they’re actually following the same pattern for Generation I merchandise that preceded the release of remakes Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!/Let’s Go, Eevee!
His theory is expanded in the video below but the gist of it is that releasing new Generation IV merchandise, starting at the end of this year, suggests that a remake of Pokémon Diamond/Pearl is coming next year.
With Pokémon Sword/Shield due to launch in November, it does seem odd that Nintendo would start releasing Generation IV characters like Darkrai, Dialga, Palkia, and Arceus just a month later.
There are, of course, a multitude of other explanations for what’s going on but, if you ignore Pokémon: Let’s Go as a special case, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl is the next game in line for a remake, after Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire was released for the 3DS in 2014.
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl were originally released on DS in 2006, with enhanced version Pokémon Platinum in 2008.
They’ve never been remade before and while the prediction of a 2020 release may well be a bit optimistic, we certainly wouldn’t be surprised if it was the next major Pokémon release after Sword and Shield.
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