How to delete and restart Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Now that Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are out, you might have run through the game already and are eager for another playthrough. Or, maybe you're one of those people who likes to start your Pokémon games, grab all three starters, and then actually jump into the adventure. Regardless of your reasons, here's how to delete your Brilliant Diamond or Shining Pearl data and start over.

How to delete your game Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

  1. From your Nintendo Switch's home screen, select System Settings.
  2. Scroll down to Data Management.

  3. On the right side of the screen, scroll down to Delete Save Data.
  4. A list of your save files will appear. Click on Pokémon Brilliant Diamond or Pokémon Shining Pearl.

  5. Your Switch will remind you that deleted save data cannot be recovered. Click Delete Save Data.

  6. Your save data will be deleted. When the process is done, select OK.

  7. To get back to the Home menu, press the Home button on your right Joy-Con.

  8. To start a new game, simply select Pokémon Brilliant Diamond or Shining Pearl from the main menu.
  9. Enjoy your game!

Now that you've successfully deleted your save data, you can experience the story of the Galar region all over again. Good luck catching your favorite Pokémon and becoming the Champion. Maybe you'll see creatures you didn't see last time you played.

How to delete your game Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

The steps to deleting your game data isn't the most intuitive thing, but this prevents you from doing it on accident. Forunately, it isn't that complicated once you know what to do.

Additional Equipment

I use all of the following accessories with my Switch, and they make my gaming experience a lot easier. See if any of them catch your eye.

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

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I love the way this controller feels in my hands. It uses HD rumble, has NFC functionality, and features motion controls. What's more, there's a D-pad. While Pokémon games aren't controller intensive, it's still nice to play with this quality option.

Hori Compact Playstand

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I use this stand all the time. It's perfect for when you're playing multiplayer games in tabletop mode or if you're watching Hulu on your Switch. I also just use it when I'm tired of holding my Switch.

128GB microSD Card

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This adorable little microSD card is not only Nintendo-themed, but it also holds a decent amount of space at a low cost. It's great for anyone who plays multiple games on their Switch or games that eat up a lot of space, like Pokémon Sword and Shield.