Game Announcement Summary:
If you have not already heard, Pokemon Sun and Moon will release on November 18th, 2016 in North America, Japan, and Australia. As for Europe their release date is set for November 23rd.
Since the game announcement we have received a good decent amount of information although there are a few among the fandom that want as much information; in my opinion less is more. Thus far, we have been given our destination, legendaries, starters and some basic game play footage. Sun and Moon will play out in the tropical inspired region of Alola where you will be given the option of choosing one of three starters. Rowlet the flying grass owl, Litten the fire kitten, or Popplio the water sea lion.Personally I am team Rowlet!
The game play was pretty standard with the main trainer of the region walking around the tropical island and showcasing parts of Alola. Some immediate things that jumped out in the trailer was that it may look like Pokemon is moving away from the top down view that has dominated much of the series. It seems that in Alola we will be able to have more freedom to explore the over world and feel more immersed with in the game. At the end of the footage we are given scenes of both legendary mascots for the sun and moon generation.
Johto Press Author Thoughts
I am fairly excited for Pokemon Sun and Moon to hit shelves this holiday season. One of the mechanics that I feel has not gotten too much attention is the fact that for anyone who chooses to buy the Gen 1 (Yellow, Red, or Blue) games on the Nintendo 3 DS eshop, will be happy to know that they will be able to transfer Pokemon from those generations onto Sun and Moon through the Pokemon bank system.
I have always found this aspect of Pokemon interesting because in the past it has been difficult to pass over Pokemon from one generation to the other; obviously this has improved with each installment. With Pokemon bank it has surely made trading much easier if a player wants to bring over their old buddies from past generations (Gen 2*, Gen 5, & Gen 6) and not to mention bring over competitive move sets, egg moves not obtainable in present games, and at times certain Pokemon not found in either versions of the regions.
One thing to note is that in Gen 1 there were no such things as natures, abilities, or characteristics, and the IV/EV spread system was entirely different. I am wondering then, when trading over to sun and moon how that mechanic will be decided. I have some speculations on how this may be done from previous installments in the series. In Heart Gold and Soul Silver (Gen 2* remakes), Black & White, Black 2 & White 2, the games gave a one-way trade transfer option to move Pokemon from an incompatible game engine to the next.
I’m sure that Pokemon and Game Freak could easily randomize these mechanics through Poke Bank but I feel like every time trading comes into play there is always some sort of incentive or gimmick that a player must go through for choosing to trade Pokemon over different generations. Going back to the Poke Transporter from Gen 2 (remakes) and Gen 5. After choosing the Pokemon to transfer, there was a cool “shooter” mini game that had the Pokemon jump around in a garden ever so often hiding from a bow and arrow that was used to knock them out and secure them to be transferred. I do not particularly like shooter games, but I will say it was enjoyable to feel like Katniss Everdeen during hunting season.
In Pokemon XY/ORAS, the Poke Bank system was introduced. Although it is a paid service of only $4.99 a year, the system has incentives such as Battle Points, Poke Mile Points, and exclusive giveaways like the promotional Celebi and starter Pokemon with hidden abilities.
I feel that when trading from Gen 1 to Sun and Moon, we will be introduced to some similar mini game or what I am speculating to be a special unlockable area like that in XY. Perhaps an island off the coast where the Pokemon you traded will be roaming around grass waiting for you to capture them. I can see the make up this area highly increasing the chances of those Pokemon to have high IV’s, hidden abilities, and maybe even be shiny for your dedication to Pokemon since Gen 1.
For now, we will wait and see what is in store when the games come out during the holiday. There will be more news coming Thursday, June 2nd at 6:00 am (PT). We still do not know in what format the news will drop on the internet whether it will be another video or just some images of unknown game mechanics and new Pokemon. Don’t forget to subscribe to stay up to date with any findings!
As always become one with your Pokemon!