Today marks the 54th birthday of favorite Pokémon director and composer Junichi Masuda, and to celebrate his birthday, you can see a temporary surprise in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.
When the original games came out in 2006 and 2007, there was a secret in the code, but no one found out until his 40th birthday in 2008. On my personal blog, he asked fans to play a game on his birthday, and when they did, they discovered an adorable Easter egg called “Diamond dust“.
Here’s a little surprise for you.
Please play Pokemon Diamond / Pearl on January 12th.
You will find something else !!!!!
I hope you will be doing well this year.
– Junichi Masuda, January 10, 2008
Travel to Snowpoint City on January 12 and the snow falling from the sky sparkles like glittering confetti celebrating Masuda’s existence. Diamond dust effect since then rarely used to celebrate other events like leap day, New Years Eve and even the player’s birthday.
The same beautiful effect has been carried over to Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, of course, which some fans (in earlier time zones) have already discovered:
Happy birthday Junichi Masuda, and thanks for your contributions to the development of Pokemon games!
Have you seen diamond dust yet? Let us know in the comments!