Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon

By Jon Scarr

The next generation releases of Nintendo’s blockbuster Pokémon game franchise is almost here from Game Freak and The Pokémon Company—Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. I’ve been having a blast catching Pokémon on Nintendo handheld devices since the release of the very first Pokémon games here in North America—Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue. We first learned about these two new games on a special Pokémon-centric Nintendo Direct this past February, and what an awesome Nintendo Direct it was.

During the Nintendo Direct, a series-spanning anniversary video was shown to commemorate 20 years of Pokémon and cleverly, at the tail end of the video, both Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon were announced for a simultaneously worldwide release. Like many other Pokémon fans, we were left wanting to know more about the next big monster-battling Pokémon adventure. Luckily, Nintendo didn’t keep us waiting long.

Three new starter Pokémon and two new Legendary Pokémon

In early May, we found out via the games’ first real trailer that Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon would launch November 18th, and featured three new starter Pokémon. The first of the new starter Pokémon is Rowlet, this super cute round owl is a grass and flying type Pokémon that can surprisingly dish out brutal damage to his enemies. Next up is Litten, a fire cat Pokémon that can roast his enemies with fireballs. Last, but certainly not least is Popplio. Imagine a water-type clown seal, and that’s exactly how Popplio looks. Needless to say, all three of these new starter Pokémon are absolutely adorable, and l can’t wait to try them out in battle.

There are two new Legendary Pokémon, which appear on the box art for both games and in early June, we finally learned who they were. On the box art for Pokémon Sun is Solgaleo, a lion-like psychic and steel Pokémon with a full metal body. He has a Sunsteel Strike, which blasts a powerful fireball towards his enemies. While on the other hand, Lunala, a bat-like psychic and ghost Pokémon with a Shadow Shield ability, graces the cover of Pokémon Moon. Both of these Psychic Legendary Pokémon look totally cool, and appear as if they will be formidable companions.

Compatibility

During the Pokémon-centric Nintendo Direct, we also learned that Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon would be compatible with Pokémon Bank, the online Pokémon storage system first introduced in Pokémon X and Y. Why should you be excited for this feature? Just imagine, now you’ll be able to transfer Pokémon from previous Pokémon games into Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. This also includes the 3DS Virtual Console releases of the original Pokémon Game Boy games. Too cool!

Gorgeous 3D graphics in a tropical setting

From the new trailer released in early June, it looks as if Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon will have some of the best graphics in a Pokémon game to date. Improving upon Pokémon X and Y’s 3D graphics, the lush 3D tropical environments and the super detailed characters in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon look gorgeous. This fully 3D world, which appears to be loosely based on Hawaii, is located on the tropical island of the Alola region. I am super excited to start exploring Alola, and can’t wait to see what new never before seen Pokémon I will stumble upon.

Catching Pokémon is a blast and I can’t wait to catch ‘em all in this latest adventure on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.


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