Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon release day!

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Well, it has been a year since Nintendo released Sun and Moon. Many things have changed compared to the older games of the past. Gone is the need to teach your Pokémon specific HM’s (Hidden Machines). Now you unlock different whistles to ride specific Pokémon. Need to fly, summon that Charizard for a quick flight. This opened up the game play a bit. No longer am I locked into which Pokémon I have to teach Flash to get through a cave!

Also gone in the Sun and Moon adventures, gym battles. I say gone, but really it was replaced with Island challenges. Still, a bit of a difference when coming from the older games. We also got the release of Ultra Beasts, Z-Moves, and lots of new Pokémon (including Alolan variants).

Ok, ok. Enough about last year’s release. It’s time for some new adventures in Pokémon. Today is the release day for Pokémon Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon!

Pushing the limits

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon will be the last of the Pokémon RPGs released on the 3DS system. The Developers really wanted to push the limits of this game, and packed it full of goodies.

First off, Team Rainbow Rocket!

Team Rainbow Rocket is made up of bosses from the past Pokémon games. We have Giovanni from team Rocket, Maxie from team Magma, Archie from team Aqua, Cyrus from team Galactic, Ghetsis from team Plasma, and Lysandre from team Flare. That’s a pretty decent lineup.

It would also seem that all the Legendary Pokémon from the past games will make appearances in the new Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon games. Of course, available Legendary Pokémon will depend on which game version you are playing it seems.

Ultra Sun’s Exclusive Legendary Pokémon are Ho-Oh, Raikou, Groudon, Latios, Dialga, Heatran, Reshiram, Tornadus, Xerneas.

Ultra Moon’s Exclusive Legendary Pokémon are Lugia, Entei, Kyogre, Latias, Palkia, Regigigas, Zekrom, Thundurus, Yveltal.

I haven’t seen any notice if the Mythical Pokémon will be in the game at all.

It looks likes like there may be a few ways to encounter the Legendary Pokémon. Ultra Wormholes seem to be the place to encounter most. There are some that need a special condition to trigger.

Giratina can be encountered if you have Dialga and Palkia in your party.
Suicune needs Raikou and Entei in your party.
Rayquaza needs Groudon and Kyrgre in your party.
Kyurem will need Reshiram and Zekrom in your party.
Landorus needs Tornadus and Thundurus in party.

Some Legendary Pokémon will also have Mega/Primal evolutions available.

There are new Z-Moves, a new Battle Facility, Totem stickers, ride the waves with a Mantine, and a bunch of other cool features in the game.

What’s in the Box

I ended up getting the Dual pack this year. It comes with both games, 200 Pokéballs (via download code), and 16 Art cards.

The cards are pretty nice. They have the Pokémon art on the front. They list when the Pokémon originally appeared in game, Pokédex entry number, a brief description of the Pokémon, and the stats on the back of the card.

The list of Pokémon art cards is Mewtwo, Lugia, Ho-Oh, Kyogre, Groudon, Dialga, Palkia, Reshiram, Zekrom, Xerneas, Yveltal, Solgaleo, Lunala, Dusk Mane Necrozma, Dawn Wings Necrozma,and Dusk Form Lycanroc.

They cards are nice, but I really have no way to display them. That might be a project to come in the future.

Final Thoughts

Now I got both Sun and Moon last year, but never finished Sun (yet). I did play through Moon, and mostly enjoyed it. I kinda stopped after getting the last Ultra Beast. I wanted to keep playing, but then I wanted to beat Sun. In the end, I just never got around to it.

This year, I mean to beat them both, and play through all the content I can. Got to catch’em all after all!

So now I have them in hand, and the real test comes now. Time to play, and this time review the games.

I’ll get an update once I beat Ultra Moon first.

Pokémon Sun and Moon are here!

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Time to get out there and catch them all again!  Pokémon Sun and Moon have been released to North America, Japan, and Australia.  Europe will have to wait until November 23rd.

I got a call from my local Gamestop.  They would be releasing the game at midnight.  So of course, I had to pick them up.  I picked up 2 copies of each game tonight, and they gave me two posters.  I’ll have to come back to pick up 2 more games for my youngest son.

There was probably 50-75 people there easy.  The game stop had some weird grouping system going on. Depending on when you paid for the games during the day, you were assigned a group.  I stopped off on the way home from bowling, just before 10pm. I was put in group 4.  After that, I came home.  I didn’t want to wait around there for a couple of hours. Plus, I brought my oldest son with me.

We went into the Gamestop store about 11:45pm.   I took the first picture of a few people just hanging around.  Then they had us all line up, then we waited for midnight to roll around.  I wanted to get 2 more copies, but I would have had to wait for everyone in the store to get their games first, then I could buy more. I didn’t want to wait that long, and just headed home.

I just stuck Moon into my 3DS.  I’ll just get it started, then play more during they day. I need to get some sleep! 🙂

I am looking forward to the new Pokemon in the Aloha region, and to see the region variances.  I hope the Z moves will work out to be a lot of fun. I don’t care much for the weird dance moves the trainers are doing.  I imagine it will be similar to Mega Evolution movement in the previous games.

I only played the demo that was released so far, so I’ll have to see how the gameplay is on the release games.  I’ll bring up another post as a followup to this one soon.