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Sinnoh: Pokémon’s Nostalgia Juggernaut

Sinnoh remains an iconic region

Source: Dexerto

Sinnohian Games Include:

  • Pokémon Diamond and Pearl (April 22, 2007)
  • Pokémon Platinum (March 22, 2009)
  • Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl (November 19, 2021)

Using the Nintendo DS

For many gamers, the Nintendo DS was the first time they interacted with the Pokémon franchise. After all, many people now had a DS in hand with how well the console was selling. Of course, when the iconic franchise made its debut on the platform, a lot of people dipped their toes into it for the first time. This is why you see many people still praise Diamond and Pearl for being their introduction to the franchise, and why they laud these games as being their favorites in the series.

The GTS allowed players to trade across the world for the first time in franchise history. Source: Pokemon Wiki
The player could use the Poketch to constantly display their party’s status on the bottom screen. Source: Pokemon Crossroads
Sinnoh is based on the real world’s Hokkaido, Japan. Source: Pokemon Wiki


Sinnoh itself was a fascinating region, and it’s possibly still one of the more unique regions the Pokémon franchise has done in terms of its layout.

Sinnoh was the first game in the series to feature snow routes. Source: Bulbapedia
Cyrus originally had even more scenes in Platinum, with the above scene being cut from the final release. Source: Nintendo Enthusiast
Brilliant Diamond, Shining Pearl and Legends: Arceus will be modern takes on Sinnoh. Source: Nintendo
An ad for a downloadable Darkrai event for Pokemon Platinum. Source: Project Pokemon Forums
Legends: Arceus seems to be a new venture for the franchise. Source: Nintendo

A Bright Future?

GameFreak has plenty on their hands when it comes to Pokémon Legends: Arceus. While the game initially saw comparisons to Breath of the Wild for the way it was presented as an innovative open-world experience, GameFreak has since clarified that the game will not be along those lines. Instead, the game will be focused more around condensed areas, much like Monster Hunter.



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