Pokemon UltraSun and UltraMoon Launch Today

The latest entries in the long-running core Pokemon RPG series, Pokemon UltraSun & UltraMoon, go live today!

UltraSun & UltraMoon

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.

Legendaries from Titles Past

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.

The desultory Team Skull looks to be left out

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.


2 thoughts on “Pokemon UltraSun and UltraMoon Launch Today

  1. Aywren Sojourner

    I really enjoyed finishing Pokemon Sun earlier this year and put a lot of time into it. Despite that, I’m struggling with the thought of buying another version of it (even though I’d probably go Moon just to shake it up).

    I know… I know… it’s different. It’s got different stuff. Different story, etc. But seeing my familiarity with Pokemon still hovers around original Blue, Pokemon X and Pokemon Sun (the only games I’ve finished or played quite a bit), bringing back things from the series’ past doesn’t have the same pull for me it might on others. So, I’m still struggling with it.

    I, too, still game on the original 3DL XL and remember the loading time just to start Sun on that. Didn’t make it any less fun, but I have similar concerns to you. I’m probably not going spring for a new 3DS when my console/handheld focus is now on the Switch, though.


  2. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @Aywren – Indeed, a Pokemon game when I am in the right mood can be great. And I very much enjoy the fact that I can play sitting on the couch or in bed or other places. But I sort of have to be in the mood. Having played the hell out of Sun earlier this year, I might have used up my Pokemon enthusiasm for a while. We shall see. I still want to get it at some point, but there is no reason to rush it, save for that master ball… and there is time for that.


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