2016 has most definitely been the Year of Pokémon! After waiting patiently, last month Nintendo have finally launched their latest video game Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon for Nintendo 3DS family of systems. It is a must-have Christmas gift this year!
For 20 years, Pokémon has enchanted and delighted millions of fans of all ages and has become one of the most successful entertainment brands in the world. With this newly released Pokémon Sun video game, it is one of the greatest games they have ever made. Both my young children love it! They have been playing it as much as they’ve been allowed for a number of days and on the 5th day, they were so excited that they finally captured Pokémon! This is one of the games that they both will help each other and advise each other on how to battle.
In this Pokémon Sun game, the story begins just after the main character moves to the lush islands of the tropical Alola region – an area full of never-before-seen Pokémon, including some new takes on classic creatures. No sooner have they arrived than their adventures begin to unfold, and they meet many fascinating people and Pokémon on their travel.
When you first begin to play the game, it will ask you to select the gender and pick a name for the main character, which is the player themselves. Then they will take you through the story and there is plenty of talking and storytelling. It is a great way to understand the storylines in this game. You are in Alola region which is divided into four islands. You are exploring the island and try to battle your way through.
In place of Gym Battles, Pokémon Sun tasks you with conquering the Island Trials. Each Island Trial is a unique exploration of Alolan culture that reflects the trial captain in charge of it. From cooking and dancing to science experiments and snooping around an abandoned supermarket, the trials are different to the gym buildings of old, and feels like an immersive, living part of the world.
Mr K has been battling the water trial where he visited the water sprouts and battled the Pokémons. After a few battles, he managed to defeat all the Pokémon and win the Z-Moves trump cards. Z-moves are the new cards introduced in this game that can be used to cause devastating damage or to activate surprising tricks and traps. In competitive play they open up exciting new plays, such as Eevee’s Extreme Evoboost to Baton Pass combo that can fully boost the stats of any Pokémon, to devastating effect.
They both enjoy battling and catching Pokémon, taking on the trails and bonding with their Pokémon. They have a lot to learn about their Pokémon characters including their strengths, weaknesses etc. After each battle, they have to check on their Pokémon to make sure they are not poisoned. If their Pokémon were poisoned, they need to feed them potion or comb them. This is a great game that children and even adults will enjoy playing! I would definitely recommend it.
In celebration of the upcoming launch of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, Nintendo is also launching a Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon inspired New Nintendo 3DS XL system on 18th November as well as special edition Nintendo 2DS bundles on 23rd November.
The New Nintendo 3DS XL system will fully immerse players this Christmas in dynamic gaming experiences on larger screens whilst the Nintendo 2DS system allows for streamlined, affordable fun that’s great for kids.
The Special edition Nintendo 2DS bundles for Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon will launch on 23rd November and will include a Nintendo 2DS system and a copy of either Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon pre-installed on the system.
For more information, please visit Pokemon.co.uk/SunMoon.
Disclosure: We received a download code for the purposes of writing this review however all thoughts and opinions remain our own. We are part of the Nintendo Family Blogger Network. Images used with permission.