This week started off with a huge wave of new information for Pokémon Sun and Moon, including details on the new Z-Moves that Pokémon can perform as long as you have the prerequisite items: a Z-Ring and corresponding Z-Crystals in the ring and held by the Pokémon. The Pokémon Company also revealed that they were teaming up with toy company Tomy to create real life versions of the Z-Rings and Z-Crystals, and now preorders have opened up for them!

As revealed before, a big draw for this accessory will be that you can link it up to your copy of
Sun and Moon; if you have the correct crystal in your real life Z-Ring, using a Z-Move within Sun and Moon will cause your ring to vibrate, light up, and emit certain sound effects. The preorder pages also reveal a second mode for each device, the apply named “Role Play Mode,” which lets owners activate the device’s features with a button press rather than the games’ input.

Each Z-Ring comes in a set that also includes three Z-Crystals and a 2-inch Pikachu figure, along with the two AAA batteries needed to run the device, and it’s all priced at $32.99. If you want additional Z-Crystals, you can preorder additional packs of three for $6.99, but be aware that each pack is randomized so there’s no telling which three you’ll get. The preorder pages also fail to state which three Z-Crystals come with the Z-Ring, so those might be randomized as well; it’s not specified one way or the other right now.

In America, you can preorder them from GameStop (Z-Ring, Z-Crystals) or Amazon, though at the time of this writing Amazon’s page lists the set as unavailable, so they’ve likely sold out of their initial stock. Hopefully they’ll get more in and reopen preorders soon. For Europeans, only Amazon Germany is offering preorders at present, but more markets will likely open them in the coming days. In the meantime, you can also check out some screenshots o the device in the gallery below.

Update: We’ve also learned that EB Games has opened preorders for Australia, but interestingly enough, their Z-Crystals packs are not randomized, instead coming in set packs of three that you can select for your order. You can check those out right here if you live in the land down under. Thanks to Mark Penney for informing us of this!

Are you interested in getting the real life Z-Ring? Do you think it will enhance the
Pokémon experience, or is it just a waste of money that you can’t see any reason for? Give us your thoughts in the comments!

Source: GameStop, Amazon

Our Verdict

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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