Pokémon Back at it Again with Brand New Games

Meraal Hakeem, Senior Editor

Twenty years ago, the realm of Pokémon was revealed to the world. Children and adults alike swarmed to shopping centers in order to get their hands on something, anything, related to what may be considered a cultural phenomenon. Even more than two decades after it was first introduced, Nintendo’s Pokémon franchise is still running strong, introducing a pair of new games, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, this December.

The games will be released on Nintendo’s 3DS line, including the 2DS and 3DS XL. This will make them the second pair of fully-fledged Pokémon games to be released on the console following Pokémon X and Pokémon Y  (aside from the Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire remakes.) The game will also be the first to venture into Generation 7 game series. This will mean that players will be able to explore a new region, unique from any other in the earlier games. They will also be able to encounter brand new Pokémon for players to catch and battle with.

The plot of the new games will be similar to the ones introduced before them. Players will be defeating gym leaders in battles, capturing Pokémon and journeying to defeat the Champion, the best rival in the game. Furthermore, players will also be defeating enemies, but information about who these enemies are is yet to be released. The legendary Pokémon in the game is predicted to be Magearna, a man-made Pokémon like Mewtwo from Generation 1.

Besides the new line of Pokémon that will be introduced, the games will also include a new feature entitled Transfer Red, Blue and Yellow (RBY). This feature allows Pokémon caught in eShop versions of Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue and Pokémon Yellow to be transferred to the new games via the Pokémon Bank app. However, this feature will be exclusive to Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. The games will also be available in more languages than ever before, including English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese.

Although not much information has been released, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon may prove to be one of the most innovative Pokémon games yet. In the meantime, Pokémon lovers wait in anticipation for December, impatiently sitting on the edges of their seats, ready to receive more information and go “catch ‘em all!”