Pokemon BDSP poketch

We’re less than two months away now from the launch of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, or BDSP for short. The long-awaited Gen 4 remakes include popular features from the originals, and today we got a new trailer highlighting some of those features. The Pokétch is back, and so are poffins, but I’m most excited about the change to HMs. HMs are now an app that summons nearby wild Pokémon to help you, so you won’t have to waste move slots. You can check out the trailer and all the latest press release details below!

New Pokémon BDSP trailer

Pokétch, poffins, and revamped HMs

Here’s a run-down of some of the returning and revamped features in Pokémon BDSP. Which one are you looking forward to the most?

The all-purpose Pokétch

The Pokétch is a handy gadget players receive on their in-game journey that’s loaded up with various apps. This all-purpose tool has apps for all sorts of situations, such as the Dowsing Machine app, which can be used to locate hidden items. In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl, the Pokétch also allows players to call on wild Pokémon to help them out by using hidden moves like Cut to chop down obstructive trees or Rock Climb to scale steep cliffs.

Have fun with Pokémon in Amity Square

Amity Square in Hearthome City is a relaxing place where Trainers can spend time with their Pokémon. They’ll be able to walk with up to six of their Pokémon at a time, so long as they are among the list of Pokémon permitted in the park. While inside Amity Square, players can also adjust the camera angle and zoom level to take commemorative photos and videos with their Pokémon. Photos can be taken by pressing the Nintendo Switch system’s Capture Button, while short videos can be recorded by pressing and holding it.

Make some Poffins!

Poffins are snacks that can raise Pokémon’s conditions, such as Coolness or Cuteness. By raising these conditions, players can get higher scores during the Visual Evaluation of Super Contest Shows. In Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl, it was only possible to make Poffins in the Poffin House, but now players can make them in Amity Square as well

Ben Lamoreux
Nintendo Enthusiast's Managing Editor. I grew up on Super Nintendo and never stopped playing. Been writing video game news, opinions, reviews, and interviews professionally for over a decade. Favorite franchises include Zelda, Metroid, and Mother.

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