The latest entries in the long-running core Pokemon RPG series, Pokemon UltraSun & UltraMoon, go live today!
Nintendo and GameFreak are returning players to Alola, the Hawaii-esque islands that previously served as the location for Pokemon Sun & Moon.
But, unlike some past generations, this won’t be a simple rework of the original story in Alola. While the location and the basic range of Pokemon will be the same, there are new things afoot in the region for you to explore as GameFreak throws in a mix of names from past titles. You will have a shot at catching some special Pokemon as all past legendaries be making an appearance (some on UltraSun, some in UltraMoon, because you know how it goes), so you can scoop up any you’re missing, if you are skilled and patient enough.
In addition to that they are even pulling past villains into the mix. You will be faces with Team Rainbow Rocket, made up of the bosses from old foes such as Team Magma, Team Aqua, and Team Galactic.
Pokemon games are pretty much the only reason I own a Nintendo handheld.
However, I have not ordered either title yet. I played a lot of Pokemon Sun earlier this year, completing the main story and running down the post-game activities as well as completing the Alola Pokedex. But I am not feeling the Pokemon urge at the moment.
I am also a little worried about how well it will run on my original model Nintedo 3DS XL. Pokemon Sun bogged down quite a bit on the older, slower hardware and I doubt that the new titles are going to be better, so I am waiting to see if that comes up as an issue with the new titles.
Still, I cannot wait too long. As usual, Nintendo has some “buy now!” incentives, including giving players a master ball if they register themselves on Pokemon Global Link between today and January 29, 2018. A master ball is guaranteed to catch even the most reluctant Pokemon in the wild. You usually get one per game to catch an elusive legendary, but now you may have two.
Anyway, you can read more about it at the official Pokemon UltraSun & UltraMoon site.