On the twentieth anniversary of Pokemon Red and Green, Nintendo announced the newest generation of Pokemon games. Wow, has it really been twenty years already? Do any other first generation Pokemon trainers feel old right now? Since the first generation we have gone through a rainbow of colors, as well as a few letters and gems. Now it is time to move onto something a little more … galactic.
This November, Nintendo will be releasing its seventh generation of Pokemon. We all know what this means. Not only will we be traveling to a new region of the Pokemon world, but we will all have to expand our collection and capture the hundred or so new Pokemon.
What do we know about Sun and Moon so far?
Sun and Moon will take place in the Alola region of the Pokemon world. Past games have featured a topical environment of some description to explore, but it looks like this time Pokemon is taking an extended beach vacation. It is not hard to see the obvious parallels between Alola and Hawaii. Alola is an island paradise filled with sandy beaches and palm tree forests. On the map there is also a volcanic mountain formation on one end of the island.
Even this game’s professor/mentor character has a Hawaiian themed name. In the game’s preview the player character is seen talking to a man named Kukui. The kukui, or the candlenut tree, is Hawaii’s state tree. Good to see that Pokemon is staying true to form with the tree themed names.
Generation X and Y introduced us to a new step in evolutions. The addition of mega evolutions was such a hit that Nintendo continued to create new evolutions in the remakes of Ruby and Safire. Between X, Y, Ruby and Safire there are currently a total of 48 mega evolutions available.
Sadly, there is not much to report on this front. There has been no word yet on which Pokemon will be getting their mega upgrade in this generation. There has been plenty of speculation, but at this point nothing has been confirmed.
Who do we think is most likely to get a Mega evolution this year? The most plausible theory so far is the gen two starters Totodile, Chikorita and Cyndaquil. It only makes sense seeing as the first generation Pokemon received new evolutions already. On that note, since MewTwo also has a mega, it would be exciting to see the gen two legendary Pokemon also receive the same treatment. Once again, this is just based on speculation and popular theory. It is anyone’s guess who else will get a mega in Sun and Moon.
In the game cover art, Nintendo has also given us a look at the designs for the new legendary Pokemon available in Sun and Moon. Keeping with the day vs night theme, Sun will have a lion legendary, and Moon will have a bat legendary. Officially, the two of them have been trademarked under the names Solgaleo and Lunaala. Keep in mind, these names may still be subject to change. We would not put it past Nintendo to use working names in order to keep as much of the game a surprise as possible.
Solgaleo’s name appears to be a combination of “sol” which means “sun”, and “leo” which means “lion”. This makes sense seeing as the astrological sign “leo” is said to be ruled by the sun. On the other end of the spectrum, Lunaala’s name is a combination of the words “luna” or “moon”, and “ala” which means “wing” in Latin.
The types and abilities of both these Pokemon are still unknown at this time.
Now, let’s get onto everyone’s favorite part of starting a new adventure in Pokemon. Choosing your starter is the first major step in the beginning of the game. As we all know, in every generation there will always be the choice between a grass, fire or water type.
The new trailer has revealed the design and the names for all three of Sun and Moon’s unique starters. The grass-type for this round is Rowlet. As the name would suggest, Rowlet resembles a baby owl (or owlet). He is also sporting a super adorable little leaf bowtie. Rowlet is the only one of the three starter Pokemon who begins the game with two types. Rowlet is both a grass and flying type Pokemon.
The second starter for the new game is the fire type Litten. Litten is a cat Pokemon with black fur and red stripes. According to the Pokedex, Litten’s fur produces flammable oils. When Litten grooms itself it gathers the fur and the oils and uses them to create fireballs. Yes, you read that correctly, flaming hairballs.
Finally, the water starter for this generation a baby seal named Popplio. This Pokemon is clearly inspired by the “clown seal” trope from water park performances. Popplio is a highly acrobatic Pokemon, and incredibly fast moving in the water. It is able to blow highly elastic bubbles on which it can bounce and perform tricks.
This is all we know so far about the upcoming Pokemon games, Sun and Moon. It is still rather early, considering that the game was officially announced only a couple months ago. We should expect that new tidbits of information will slowly be released over the year until the big day arrives.
I guess there is only one last thing to say. Which starter will you choose for this new generation?
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