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Pokémon Shining Pearl

System: Nintendo Switch Release date: 19/11/2021

See the Sinnoh region in a shining new light!

See the Sinnoh region in a shining new light!

Experience a nostalgic story reborn in Pokémon Shining Pearl on Nintendo Switch! Set off on a mystery-filled adventure through the Sinnoh region, as you catch Pokémon, battle against the region’s strongest Pokémon Trainers and uncover the truth behind Team Galactic’s nefarious plans!

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A land of myths and mysteries

With the towering Mount Coronet at its heart, Sinnoh’s sprawling landscapes are as majestic as they are mysterious.

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Your journey begins when a famous professor researching Pokémon evolution recruits you to travel far and wide across the region to help complete an encyclopaedic record of Pokémon known as a Pokédex.

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As a Pokémon Trainer, you’ll meet many people and Pokémon on your travels, including other Trainers looking for a battle! But beware – the shady organization known as Team Galactic are out to make trouble for you at every turn. What could these fashionably-dressed goons be plotting?

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Test your abilities as a Trainer by challenging Gym Leaders found across Sinnoh. Each win will bring you one step closer towards a chance to compete for glory in the Pokémon League. Do you have what it takes to become Sinnoh’s next Champion?

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Pokémon of the Sinnoh region

As you set off, choose one of these partner Pokémon to accompany you in the first steps of your adventure.

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Turtwig

Type: Grass

It undertakes photosynthesis within its body, making oxygen. The leaf on its head wilts if the Pokémon is thirsty.

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Chimchar

Type: Fire

Its fiery rear end is fueled by gas made in its belly. Even rain can’t extinguish the fire.

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Piplup

Type: Water

It lives along the shore in northern countries. A skilled swimmer, it dives for over 10 minutes while hunting.

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Sinnoh is home to many other Pokémon. Here are just some of the many Pokémon that you will encounter on the quest to complete your Pokédex:

Shieldon

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Exclusive to
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Glameow

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Exclusive to
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Bidoof

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Hoothoot

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Combee

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Shellos

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Finneon

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Chatot

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Do you have a favourite Pokémon that you simply can’t be apart from? Choose one to walk with you and make memories as you travel through the Sinnoh region.

Legendary Pokémon

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During your adventure, you’ll be able to encounter the Legendary Pokémon Palkia.

Palkia

Type: Water/Dragon

It is said to live in a gap in the spatial dimension parallel to ours. Palkia appears in mythology.

See which Legendary Pokémon you’ll encounter in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond.

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Going underground!

This is no ordinary underground. It’s the Grand Underground! Sprawling beneath the whole of Sinnoh, this subterranean maze hides many secrets and just as many Pokémon in its passages.

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Use the Explorer Kit you’ll receive during your adventure to visit the Grand Underground and unearth its secrets. Dig for treasure, Pokémon Fossils and create a Secret Base – a customisable space that’s all your own!

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While exploring underground, you’ll happen across unique spots called Pokémon Hideaways. From water caverns to volcanic landscapes, these terrains are home to a variety of Pokémon – including ones that can only be found here.

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Want some company on your subterranean escapades? Interact with other Trainers locally* or online** and explore the Grand Underground together***.

Super Contest Shows

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Show off your moves in Super Contest Shows! In these popular contests, face off against three other Trainers*** and work together with your Pokémon to put on an unforgettable performance. Wow the crowd in five categories – Coolness, Cuteness, Beauty, Toughness and Cleverness – and earn Hype Points by dancing, performing special moves and more.

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Your adventure, your style

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A great outfit can make your quest even more fun and colourful! Visit the Metronome Style Shop in Veilstone City to deck yourself out in fiercest fashions Sinnoh has to offer.

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Give your Pokémon some fashionable flair too! Place Stickers that customise the effects that appear when your Pokémon comes out of its Poké Ball***. From fluttering flower petals to electrifying sparks, there’s something for every Pokémon. Buy them from in-game shops or win them by competing in Super Contest Shows and defeating Gym Leaders.

Meet Trainers from around the globe

Battle, trade and interact with Trainers from every corner of the world in these rooms:

Union Room***

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Battle and trade here locally* or online**.

Local Room

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Gather with nearby trainers* to enjoy trading, battle challenges, and more***.

Global Room

Use online communication** to gather here and participate in trades, battles and more***!

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*Additional accessories, games and/or systems may be required for multiplayer mode, sold separately.

**Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online play. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms and conditions apply. For more information, please visit nintendo.co.za/switchonline

***A free software may be required for certain gameplay elements. Broadband internet connection required to download software updates. The registration and linkage of Nintendo Account and acceptance of the Nintendo Account Agreement and Privacy Policy are required.

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Multiplayer requires one compatible controller per player. Additional controllers (sold separately) may be required.

Befriend these Mythical Pokémon!

If you have save data from Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield on your Nintendo Switch console, speak to a gentleman in the flower field located on the southwest end of Floaroma Town to get the Mythical Pokémon Jirachi as your companion!

If you have save data from Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! you can also have the Mythical Pokémon Mew join you on your journey! Speak to a madame in the flower field located on the southwest end of Floaroma Town to get them as your companion.*

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You can encounter the Mythical Arceus in Pokémon Shining Pearl if you have Pokémon Legends: Arceus save data with all missions completed on your Nintendo Switch console**! Here’s what you need to do:

  • You must have entered the Hall of Fame and obtained the National Pokédex from Professor Rowan. You also need to have befriended either Dialga or Palkia depending on which version of the game you own.
  • Once you’ve met the above conditions, go to your room in Twinleaf Town to acquire the Azure Flute item.
  • Head to the entrance of Spear Pillar where Arceus will reveal itself to you.

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Darkrai awaits on Newmoon Island! To befriend this Mythical Pokémon, you will need the Member Card item. It will be given as a gift from April 1st until May 1st. Obtain it by selecting “Get via Internet” from the Mystery Gift feature*** in your game and head to the island. You’ll need to have entered the Hall of Fame and acquired the National Pokédex before facing the Mythical Pokémon. But beware – Darkrai possesses powerful abilities which can lull you into a deep slumber and make it hard to discern what is real and what is a dream. Come prepared if you want to befriend it!

*Please note that even if you have more than one save data from the qualifying games, you can only receive one Jirachi and one Mew in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond or Pokémon Shining Pearl.

**Free software update required. Broadband internet connection required to download software updates. The registration and linkage of Nintendo Account and acceptance of the Nintendo Account Agreement and Privacy Policy are required.

***It takes approximately two hours of play time before you are able to access the Mystery Gift function. You will need an Internet connection to claim this bonus, but you will not need a paid Nintendo Switch Online membership.

Categories

Adventure, RPG

Players

1 - 16

Publisher

Nintendo

Nintendo Switch Online features

Play online, enjoy a growing library of classic NES & Super NES games, and more with a Nintendo Switch Online membership. Find out more.

Online play

Age rating

TBD

Nintendo Switch Game Card

System

Nintendo Switch

Release date

19/11/2021

Age rating

TBD

Compatible controllers

  • Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

Languages

English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean

Download version (Nintendo Switch)

System

Nintendo Switch

Release date

19/11/2021

Age rating

TBD

Compatible controllers

  • Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

Languages

German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese

Download size

6990,00 MB