Nintendo has given us another look at the upcoming titles Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, giving us insight into what players can expect in these new games. Presenting live directly from the E3 show floor, members of the Nintendo Treehouse brought an English version of the original trailer, as well as art and other assets from the development of the game.
Sun and Moon have deeper meaning within the context of the games, as the Sun is the source of life, while the Moon affects our lives in more mysterious ways, stating that the new Alola region will be teeming with life. Nintendo also gave us a deeper look at the game’s legendary Pokémon.
The cover characters of
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, Solgaleo and Lunala, were chosen because they are emissaries of the sun and the moon, and they will be deeply involved in this new world in a “special way.” Along with the new legendary Pokémon, Nintendo showed off the three new starters again, focusing on making these initial monsters cute and relatable, claiming “you’ll want to reach out and touch them.” Of course, the highlight of the presentation was the live gameplay demo.
Starting off in what looks to be your character’s house, our hero ventures out into one of Alola’s tropical locales, having just moved to town. The games use a more dynamic camera angle that adheres to your character’s position, pairing with full 3D movement to create more accessible gameplay while offering a more dynamic view, something that continues into the battles.
The battle screens in
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon offers players a more cinematic view of your battles, swinging around the screen and wrapping around the monsters entrenched in combat. The battle system has been lightly revamped, moving your battle commands to the right side of the touch screen, which places them closer to the face buttons and easier to reach. Another new feature is that you can now check your moves before testing them to see how effective they’ll be in battle. Also added were stat changes that are displayed on the battle screen, such as a temporary attack increase.
The Pokédex has also been slightly revamped, now giving players a more in-depth look into their
Pokémon. There are new incentives to catch as many Pokémon as you can, as each monster now has a companion Pokémon that offers benefits to each if you have them in your party.
Nintendo showed off a slew of new
Pokémon, a new “Battle Royal” mode, and a handful of other details about these new entries, which can be found in the gameplay trailer. Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon look to be taking the Pokémon series in exciting directions, both new and familiar. Both titles will be releasing November 18th, so we’ve only got a few months to go. Will you be picking up Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon? Sound off in the comments.