Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

LQ: 9.35


Brain grade: 9.4
Fun score: 9.3

Game Type: , , ESRB Rating: Everyone Platform/Console: LWK Recommended Age: 4+ Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used: ,

Nintendo Switch


 Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are Nintendo Switch Remakes of the 2006 Nintendo DS games originally called Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. In these games, you play as a young villager who does not have a Pokemon of their own. Through a random set of circumstances, you are able to befriend one of three “starter” Pokemon that can help you begin your journey as a Pokemon trainer. You are tasked by Professor Rowan to collect information on as many Pokemon as possible using an item called the Pokedex. As you move through the Sinnoh region, the setting of the game, you encounter new Pokemon, battle other trainers, collect gym badges, and square off with Team Galactic in order to stop their evil schemes. 

   The new versions of the game also include a large cavernous area called the Grand Underground. This area contains maze-like tunnels that lead to areas containing all different sorts of Pokemon. These can be battled and captured just like any other Pokemon in the game in order to add to your Pokedex or round out your battling team. 

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are rated E for Everyone and are now available on the Nintendo Switch. 


Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl help kids practice and improve the following skills:

Working Memory: Recalling and retaining information in our minds while working.

In order to battle gym leaders, Team Galactic, and other trainers successfully, the player needs to remember the types of Pokemon they have and their strengths and weaknesses. All Pokemon have types they are strong and weak against. For example, if you are battling a rock type Pokemon, you need to use a water, grass, fighting, ground, or steel Pokemon. Otherwise the attacks will not be effective, leaving your Pokemon open to taking more damage than they are giving. Players need to keep this information in their head in real time as they are switching Pokemon in and out of battle depending on what rival Pokemon they are encountering. For players who need assistance, the game does let the player know which attacks are Super Effective and Not Very Effective so they can at least determine the extremes when sending their Pokemon out. 

Organization: Arranging and coordinating materials in order to complete a task.

Players also need to have a good understanding of what is in their inventory and how to best manage it before they begin their journey. The player will need many things in order to be successful such as potions, antidotes, PokeBalls, and other healing items. If the player does not organize their inventory before leaving a town, they may find that they encounter a fight where they are ill-equipped and do not have enough supplies to heal their Pokemon, capture a Pokemon they want, or revive a fainted party member. Much like checking your backpack before leaving for school at the beginning of the day, players should check their inventory before leaving a town to make sure they are stocked with the items they need the most. 

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