Pokemon

Pokemon Diamond & Pearl remakes will reportedly be announced before Pokemon Day

Published: 18/Feb/2021 2:38

by Isaac McIntyre

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The long-awaited Pokemon Diamond & Pearl remakes are expected to officially be announced ahead of the Pokemon Day celebrations next week, in a move that should see The Pokemon Company pull the trigger as early as February 22.

The hype for the Diamond & Pearl remakes, which would see the Pokemon franchise return to Sinnoh for the first time since 2006, is at an all-time high.

It’s been years and years of waiting too. Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby, which took trainers on a whirlwind tour of ever-popular Hoenn, was released in 2014. An update of the 4th gen (Diamond & Pearl) was expected to follow soon after, but seven years of waiting has put a damper on that timeline.

That wait, however, looks to finally be over.

According to insiders Centro, who have a solid history with leaks, eager trainers “won’t have to wait until Pokemon Day on the 27th for the big news.”

The tweet was accompanied by a picture of legendary dragon Dialga.

“[Trainers] won’t have to wait until Saturday,” the Pokemon insiders added, though they were unable to pinpoint an exact date or time for the expected Diamond & Pearl announcement.

This solo announcement suggests we’ll see a Pokemon Direct where the remakes are announced. Dexerto’s lead Pokemon reporter, Brent Koepp, suggested it could be “Wednesday or Thursday,” due to the fact it’s “not too far away from Pokemon Day,” while still keeping the huge news close to the big day.

Direct dates have been edging towards the end of the week, too.

Last year saw a Direct announcement hosted on a Thursday, while the two in 2019 were both held on Wednesday. Different days in 2016 and 2017 ⁠— Friday and Tuesday respectively ⁠— also suggest there’s no ‘set date’ for Directs.

Right now, Dexerto suggests you mark your calendars for Feb. 25-26; these late-in-the-week dates seem most likely for the expected Diamond & Pearl reveal.

Palkia and Dialga will return in the Pokemon Diamond & Pearl remakes.
The Pokemon Company
Palkia and Dialga will return in the Pokemon Diamond & Pearl remakes.

Now, it’s worth keeping in mind this is all speculation for now ⁠— until The Pokemon Company comes out and confirms anything, it’s all up in the air.

The Pokemon Diamond & Pearl remakes being announced next week seems likely, however. Eagle-eyed trainers have already spotted a diamondpearl.pokemon.com webpage that (currently) redirects to the company’s webmaster, and a strange new Twitter account has added fuel to the fire too.

Either way, the new remakes ⁠— tipped to be called “Sky Diamond” and “Ocean Pearl” ⁠— should be on their way in 2021; it’s just a matter of when The Pokemon Company actually decides to lifts the lid on the long-awaited games.

Smash

Dr Eggman voice actor responds to Smash Ultimate DLC fighter speculation

Published: 23/Feb/2021 21:14

by Michael Gwilliam

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Sonic villain Doctor Eggman is one of the most popular candidates to join the Super Smash Bros Ultimate roster as a DLC fighter, and now, the character’s voice actor has responded to rampant fan speculation.

Doctor Eggman, also known as Robotnik, is one of the most famous antagonists in video game history, and is the main villain of the Sonic The Hedgehog series. Throughout the games, the mad scientist uses numerous different weapons, robots and other various machines to do battle against his blue nemesis.

With Final Fantasy 7’s villain Sephiroth joining Smash Ultimate, fans have been eager to see other gaming baddies get an invitation, as well.

Responding to fan speculation, the voice of Doctor Eggman, Mike Pollock, took to Twitter to address those asking him about if he could be joining Nintendo’s flagship fighter.

“If he will, I couldn’t talk about it,” he simply said. “If he won’t, I wouldn’t want to.”

While this may seem like a bit of a non-answer, he further elaborated. “I said the same thing about me in the film, because the same sentiment holds true: I like talking about things I’m in, once they’re released.”

Furthermore, the voice actor added that he doesn’t like taking about projects he’s not in, especially when “everyone was expecting him to be.”

Basically, the actor seems tired of fans asking him about if he’s voicing Eggman in Smash – and despite his comments, some came to take his remarks as confirmation.

“So since you’re mentioning it that means yes,” one fan commented.

“It also means you should study logic more,” Pollock struck back.

The voice actor further explained his position over on the GameFaqs forums, where he made an account.

“Regardless of how iconic Dr. Eggman may be to you, in a typical year, he’s no more than two days of work for me, if I’m lucky. The rest of the time I’m focusing on keeping my calendar from being devoid of gigs by constantly auditioning for roles for new clients, and continuing existing work for other current clients,” he explained.

“My life doesn’t revolve around Dr. Eggman for the same reason that yours doesn’t revolve around your birthday. Every gig is a precious gift, and whichever I’m doing at the moment is the most important.”

Dr Eggman voice actor comments on GameFaqs
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The voice actor further explained his position.

In any case, the chances of Eggman appearing in Smash remain about the same as they were before: unknown. That said, after the reveal of Pyra as DLC 9, only two slots are left in Fighters Pass Volume 2.

We’ll have to see if Eggman ends up being one of the two remaining fighters, but at least Pollock doesn’t seem opposed to the idea.