After months of waiting, we finally have new info on Pokémon Sun & Moon.
This will be the start of the 7th Generation of Pokémon games. So, without further adieu, let’s jump right in to see what this new trailer has to offer!
The full trailer can be viewed on the official Pokémon YouTube channel here.
The first shots of the trailer show some in-game footage of the player character running around in the new region, the Alola Region. More than likely, this region is based on the geography of Hawaii, on account of its name and the vibrant and lush scenery abundant in this trailer. The overworld revealed later in the trailer also shows lots of islands and volcanic areas, making the parallels with Hawaii even more noticeable.
We also get our first glimpse at the new starters for this generation
Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio. Rowlet is a Grass/Flying type whose design is that of an owl. Based on initial reactions from fans, he seems to be the favorite so far, and who can blame them? This guy is totally adorable, but also looks like he has the potential to evolve into something even more awesome.
Next up is Litten, a cat-like Pokémon that is pure Fire type, though based on its coloring, it looks like it has the potential to development a secondary Dark type later on.
This one’s probably my favorite so far, though to be honest I have a huge bias towards Fire type starters. Lastly is Popplio, a pure Water type with a circus seal aesthetic. Its design is pretty cute and lively, but considering that this is the third time a Water-type seal Pokémon has been introduced, it feels a bit old, though to be fair Popplio has a much better design than either Seel or Spheal. I don’t dislike him as much as the rest of the Internet, but he’s definitely my least favorite of the three.
After the starter introductions, we see some shots of the player character running around different parts of the map, passing by different buildings and NPCs. The character designs look pretty great so far and are huge improvements upon the more detailed 3D designs that X & Y started, and the environments and architecture designs feel rather refreshing with their more island-focused theme.
Another point to take note of is the camera orientation and the way the character moves.
Based on gameplay footage in this trailer, the way the character moves in Sun & Moon is quite a bit different and more freeform than in the previous Gen VI titles. It’s hard to tell exactly how different it is from before because of how limited the footage is, but this could definitely be another step on the road towards a totally free-roam Pokémon game, and the dynamic camera angles give the series a much more engaging visual design.
Finally, we get a glimpse of the two mascot legendaries, still unnamed and of unknown type.
For Sun, we get a huge white lion, and for Moon, a mysterious dark-colored bat. These designs I’m still a bit iffy about, as their more complex nature seem to clash a bit with the surrounding simplicity. I do still like the lion’s design, but the bat seems to have a bit too much going on with it. Perhaps I’ll grow to like it over time.
The last shot of the trailer is the box art appearing on-screen, accompanied by the release date: November 18, 2016; just in time for the Christmas sales, as many have predicted.Though the Pokémon designs themselves aren’t exactly to my liking, the box art is pretty flashign an eye-catching.
Image provided by polygon.com
Honestly, this trailer has given me more motivation to buy a 3DS than either X & Y or Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire.
This one will definitely be on my Christmas list this year, and the prospects of a more free and open Pokémon game excites me quite a lot. As for the possibility of seeing more footage at a Nintendo Direct around the time of E3, I probably wouldn’t count on it since the conference is only a month away now, but I wouldn’t discount the possibility either.
Let’s hope that lucky number 7 will turn out to be a fantastic new generation!