The Pokemon series continues to build upon its mighty legacy. The newly-announced Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl offer Switch players a chance to dive back into the series’ eighth generation. And, as you may expect, with a new release comes a new opportunity for rare swag. Here’s everything we know about Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl pre-order bonuses.
What are the Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl pre-order bonuses?
For now, no specific Pokemon Brilliant Diamond or Shining Pearl pre-order bonuses have been announced. However, nearly all modern Pokemon games have offered pre-order bonuses, whether digital or retailer-exclusive. Based on recent releases, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will likely get bonuses such as steelbook cases, posters, or other collectibles.
Pre-order bonuses for games usually take two different forms: Bonuses that come with all early orders of the game, and bonuses that come from specific retailers. For example, anyone who purchased Pokemon Sword and Shield early was able to get a bonus Gigantamax Meowth in-game. The offer applied to any purchase from any retailer made before January 15, 2020. However, other bonuses — like the steelbook case, collectible coin, or the double-sided wall banner — were exclusive to specific retailers.
This pattern is followed by many AAA game releases, but the Pokemon series does it bigger than most. In fact, Sword and Shield had seven different pre-order bonuses from retailers like GameStop, Amazon, Target, and Best Buy. Let’s Go Evee and Pikachu launched with pre-order bonus keychains, while Ultra Sun and Moon offered keychains, a steelbook, and a GameStop-exclusive poster.
Now that Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl pre-orders have opened on Amazon, we’re eager to see what sort of bonuses players can expect. Even if there are a few retailer-specific pre-order bonuses, there’s still hope that even the base games will have special offers for those who purchase early. We’ll learn more as we edge closer to the Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl release date.