A new pair of Pokemon games are launching on Nintendo Switch this fall, although they're not really "new" at all: They're remakes of 2007's Pokemon Diamond and Pearl for the Nintendo DS. Now repackaged as Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, the Gen 4 remakes will be released on Nov. 19, and preorders are available now.
Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl preorders aren't particularly complicated, but there are a few things to know before you lock in your purchase. In addition to the Legendary Pokemon that grace each game's cover, there's a handful of version-specific wild Pokemon, such as Cranidos and Stunky for Brilliant Diamond, and Shieldon and Glameow for Shining Pearl. You can always trade with another player to obtain these Pokemon, but it's part of why some people opt to preorder the Double Pack, which bundles both Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl for $120. Though there's no discount for preordering the Double Pack, there are some nice bonuses that sweeten the deal.Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Retailer-specific Double Pack preorder bonuses are available, though these are starting to sell out quickly. Pokemon Center was offering plush keychains for all three Sinnoh starter Pokemon, while GameStop was offering a free pin set -- it's unclear whether either of these stores will restock the Double Pack. However, you can still take advantage of retailer-exclusive preorder bonuses at Walmart, which is including a free pen set that features the three starter Pokemon, and Target, which is offering a white Pokemon-themed journal. Other stores may reveal their own exclusive bonuses closer to launch.