A ton of new information for Pokémon Sun and Moon was revealed during this morning’s new update, including the evolutions of the Starter Pokémon, Poké Pelago, the return of Mega Evolutions, and a new demo which gives you Ash-Greninja. One other aspect of the game that was touched on was the game’s new “Festival Plaza” area, and the official Pokémon website has since updated with further info on this new feature. According to the site, Festival Plaza will serve as the hub for online activities, including battling, trading, and more.

Festival Plaza is a unique area where you’ll encounter numerous other trainers using online capabilities, whom you can show around to festival in order to earn Festival Coins, a type of currency used within the Plaza’s many shops. These shops may have good deals on items, special ways to train your Pokémon, and there’s even a shop devoted to dyeing your clothes. As you gather more and more Coins, your Plaza’s rank will increase, which will give you access to new rewards and opportunities—one of which includes the ability to host special “missions.” Missions appear to include a variety of challenges, which may take the form of completing certain objectives or testing your knowledge about the Pokémon world. A few screenshots on the Pokémon website provide examples of these, such as catching a certain number of Pokémon or completing a quiz about Type advantages.

The site also mentions that the castle in the center of the Plaza is where you go to access the Pokémon Global Link, as well as to “change the theme of your Festival Plaza,” though what other themes are out there remains unknown. Perhaps we’ll hear about that in an upcoming update?

What would you like to see in Festival Plaza? What do you think of this hub for online activities? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Source: Official Pokémon Website

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Tyler Meehan
Tyler is verbose. He apologizes for that. Tyler "Alpha" Meehan's first experiences with gaming came from his cousins' NES and the Mario games that went with it. They were fun, but merely brief distractions while on the road (yes, they had an NES in their car. It was awesome, and he was jealous). Still, nothing compared to his Star Wars books. OR SO HE THOUGHT. His love of gaming truly began when he and a friend came together to beat the Nintendo 64's Mission: Impossible, a challenge so intense that Tyler bought his own console to facilitate its defeat. Upon being introduced to Ocarina of Time (an introduction that included, among other spoilers, the freakin' final boss fight. GEEZ, PHILIP), his lot in life as a Nintendo fanboy was sealed in stone. His ability to recall absolutely useless video game information served him well during the Pokémon craze, and helped him aid numerous friends in their own endeavors to defeat games like Majora's Mask and Kingdom Hearts. Those were good days. Good days... The Zelda series soon became his primary obsession fascination, but additionally he was soon introduced to text-based RPGs by one of his schoolmates. Discovering that he had a knack for the English language and a strong love of telling stories, he started putting effort into writing his own storylines. That all got put onto the backburner, though, when he discovered the Zelda online community, particularly The Desert Colossus's Hyrule Adventures 2, an online text RPG based in the Zelda world. He joined under the pseudonym of "Alpha" and soon became one of their lead writers, going so far as to join the moderator staff and, in a year's time, become the head administrator of the RPG. During this time, Twilight Princess was released, and he joined several other TDCers in posting their thoughts on the game - his "Twilight Impression Posts" lasted for several months and were well received by the community. Staying on even after the webmaster was forced to retire, he continued to provide occasional news posts and articles for the site, until it became clear that the site was dying. He turned his focus back to Hyrule Adventures 2 and his college studies, until the latter forced him to stop work on the former. Tyler graduated a few years ago from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelors in Computer Science, and now serves as a software engineer for a rather large company that he doesn't feel like telling you all about (he's a jerk like that sometimes). His love of gaming and writing still strong, he joined the Zelda Informer staff in early 2013 to write a walkthrough for The Wind Waker, but later began using his English skills to become ZI and Gamnesia's first dedicated Copy Editor. When not trying to get Brian to shut up in Gamnesia's group chat, he spends his time writing Zelda fanfiction, planning some original fantasy stories that he may or may not try to publish some day, and playing games on his Wii, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo 3DS. He intends to get a WiiU sooner or later, probably around when Pikmin 3 comes out, but has little interest in the other consoles currently. Also, he can't stand writing bios in first-person. Talking about yourself like that is just...weird.

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