Unlike what many have imagined, Nintendo and Game Freak’s upcoming Pokemon Sun and Moon video games will not just be featuring brand-new Pokemon specific to the Alola Region. While these new breeds are the most exciting, Game Freak have decided that the resurgence of love for Generation One Pokemon is something that is just as important as building popularity for contemporary Pocket Monsters, not that the classics need MORE love.
In a new trailer, released on the official Pokemon Youtube channel, the world is introduced to a new batch of Pokemon from the Alola region that have never been seen before, but they’re also accompanied by some familiar faces that have gone through certain changes thanks to this region’s tropical environment. The trailer is featured just below:
While the new Pokemon Oricorio, Minior, Gumshoos, Fomantis, Lurantis, and Mudbray have already won over the fandom’s audience, they’re overshadowed by the alternate forms of Vulpix, Ninetails, Sandshrew, Sandslash, and Exeggutor, who have not only gone through a physical change but also a drastic Type change.
This new trailer also introduces audiences to an interesting new way to about your Pokemon adventure that, seemingly, does not feature Gym Leaders nor Gym Battles. Instead of this, Trainers must travel to each of the islands that make up Alola to complete the “Island Challenge“; a rite of passage that has individuals defeat the Captains of each island as well as a powerful Totem Pokemon. Introduced through the video are: Mallow, Lana, Sophocles, Kiawe, and Hala.
Making a return for this trailer in a more obvious way is the “Ride Pokemon” mechanic that allows you to call upon the physical abilities of certain Pokemon that will allow you to traverse the various environments of Alola with little difficulty. No longer will you just be able to Surf and Fly on your Pokemon, you will now be able to use several as a way to overcome obstacles and to make your adventure all the more enjoyable.
Released on the Japanese Pokemon Youtube channel is a secondary video that, while incredibly similar to the one edited for the West, is worth checking out due to it’s focus on different elements that were detailed in the English trailer. I have provided this for you below.
Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon is set to release on the Nintendo 3DS this November; first in North America on the 18th, and then across Europe on the 23rd. Stick around for more news as it breaks!