Pokemon Sun and Moon at E3 2016
The generous people over at the Nintendo Treehouse were nice enough to show us a lot more about the newest entry into the Pokemon series: Pokemon Sun and Moon. Allow me to go over all the new details here along with some speculations on what was shown and talked about.
So first off we learned that when you start the game (and after you get your starter) you’ll be off to attend a festival in the neighboring town. But this is no walk in the park, because on your way there, you will have patches of grass to venture through and trainers to battle. But let’s hold up for a second and talk about these two things before we continue on to the festival.
Let’s talk about some of encounters shown with wild Pokemon first. We now know that you will be able to encounter Pokemon new and old in the Alola region. The Treehouse demonstration showed a wild Ledyba that was encountered early on in a patch of grass, along with a couple new faces to the Pokemon franchise. Yep, we were shown not one, but two new Pokemon. One of them is called Yungoos, which they explained is always hungry. And the other is Pikipek, who is similar to a woodpecker in real life.
Moving on to some of the new features we can expect from battles with trainers. When approaching a trainer that wants to battle, the top and bottom of the screen will begin to close in with dark shadows. This will alert you that the NPC you are close to wants to have a battle with you. So you can decide whether you’d like to accept the challenge or attempt to run on by. This will really come in handy if your Pokemon are injured and you would like to get to a Pokemon Center before entering another battle. But of course, in order to skip the battle you will still need to find a way around the trainer. I’m sure there will be cases where there is no other way to go but to run in front of the trainer and battle them. But it’s still a nice thing to have in order to alert you in case you didn’t notice a trainer nearby.
And since we’re on the topic of battles, let’s talk about a couple new features that were shown about them as well. As you enter a battle you will notice that you will not only see the two Pokemon that will be battling, but also your trainer and the opposing trainer too. This is a brand new feature coming to the Pokemon series, and I’m really glad they decided to do this because it makes it feel more like what you would expect an actual battle to look like. On top of all that, you will also be able to see each opposing trainers unique animations when throwing their Pokeballs and also after you defeat them. One more cool feature I’d like to mention during a battle is you can check buffs and debuffs to each Pokemon in battle. This will help you to not have to remember everything that has occurred during a battle. And along with this feature, you can also check out what type the opposing Pokemon is, in case you don’t already know.
Okay, so back to the story part of the game, when you arrive at the festival you will be greeted by Hala. Which some of the people who worked on this game informed us during the demonstration that he is a very strong trainer on the island. Yeah, they made sure we knew that he was a very powerful trainer… maybe the Alola region champion? I don’t know, we’ll just have to wait and see I suppose. After this you battle Hau, which I assume will be your “rival” in Pokemon Sun and Moon. They showed that he has a Pichu and Litten, which since they picked Popplio I assume he will always have what’s weak to your starter. However, Pichu would have the advantage over Popplio, so maybe they give him one Pokemon that’s strong against you and the starter that’s weak against you. But I’m just speculating here, we’ll just have to wait and see.
That’s all they could show us as far as the story goes, but they were able to show us a new mode. The new mode is called Battle Royal, which is pretty much just a 4 player free for all battle. Each trainer will choose up to three Pokemon to use, and can attack any of the other three players. The match ends when a player has all three of their Pokemon defeated, and the winner is decided by whoever defeated the most Pokemon, and who has the most Pokemon remaining. Interesting mode, but I’m not really sure if there will be much strategy here, maybe just hope you don’t get ganged up on and that you can get a couple of final blows on the opposing trainer’s Pokemon in order to get the victory.
A lot was shown at the Nintendo Treehouse as far as Pokemon Sun and Moon is concerned, and I’m looking forward to this game even more now. It looks amazing and seems as though it will feel very different from any other Pokemon game we have played in the past. And I mean this in a good way, the way they change things up really keeps this franchise fresh, but while still staying true to what Pokemon is meant to be. Please share what you think about all the new things we were shown about this game in the comment section below. Also, stay tuned to AZBros.com for future news on Pokemon Sun and Moon and of course more E3 coverage as well. I’m Lockjaw, and I’ll see you next time!