Like the Pokemon version of Crufts, Super Contests give players the chance to show off their favourite Pokemon, entering them in contests to decide the cutest, strongest etc.
In a bid to make the contests more appealing, Game Freak has introduced a brand new rhythm action mini-game to the mix, which looks superb.
According to Nintendo, Pokemon will be able to dance along to a host of new and fan favourite tunes, which makes me wonder why we haven’t seen a dedicated Pokemon rhythm game since ‘Pokemon Say Tap’.
Hopefully there will be enough songs to make this one feature that’s worth coming back to time and time again. Who knows, maybe it will lead to a brand new rhythm action release, similar to the excellent Theatrhythm Final Fantasy.
Needless to say, Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl feature countless other quality of life improvements, which should bring them in line with more modern releases.
This includes the ability to organise your Pokemon directly from the menu, as well as experience sharing to reduce the grind.
The Poketch can be set to appear on screen at all time (in the top corner), and you can expand it for more information as and when you please. It’s particularly useful for egg hatching, as you can see how many steps you’ve taken during the game.
Judging by what we’ve seen so far, there’s much more to Shining Pearl and Brilliant Diamond than catching Pokemon. Better yet, there appears to be more to the Switch versions than updated visuals and controls.
Expanded content and general improvements make this a tempting prospect for new fans and returning players alike.
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl have a November 19 release date, exclusively on Nintendo Switch.