It’s hard to avoid game updates nowadays. Normally, if you want to access all of the features in a new release, you’re expected to install a launch patch. We’ve seen it with countless first-party Nintendo games during the Switch generation, and it seems like the release of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will be no different.
According to a footnote on the official website of the Diamond and Pearl remakes, it may be necessary to install the day one or post-launch patch to play “some” of the game’s content. Here is this message in full:
“In order to play some content, it may be necessary to install the update data delivered on or after the game release date.”
The new trailer for Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl also mentions the following line at the very end:
“Some modes and features of this software require installing update data that will be released on or after the release date.”
Again, updates like this have become standard practice nowadays, but if you are getting physical versions of these games, it possibly means you won’t be able to access all of the game’s content without updating your own copy first. It could easily be something to do with the online portion of the game, which would be hard to get around if you’re planning to play online. If it’s offline content though, it’s unfortunate it’s not included in the base game file.
Even if no update is required to play “some” of the game’s content, with the way the footnote on the game site is worded, it seems we can at least expect a minor patch to arrive not long after launch – which would likely resolve any small bugs or game-breaking glitches, if there are any.
Having now seen this information, which version of these games will you be getting? Physical or digital? Tell us down below.