‘Pokemon Sun’ and ‘Moon’ Officially Revealed, Analysis

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Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon were just revealed on the Pokemon Direct live stream! You can watch the official English trailer here.

The English and Japanese logos are pretty similar, though the Japanese logos have blue and yellow jewels in them as well as what looks like comets or meteors. Seems like we’re in for a space or sky theme! Could the jewels relate to the designs of the game mascots?

Pokemon.com has stated the games feature “a new world, new Pokemon, and new adventures to discover.” So the games could be the seventh generation, they could be a radically new sequel to X and Y with new Pokemon (but still the Black 2 and White 2 of this generation), or perhaps they could be like Gold and Silver in that they’re a new generation, but still a sequel to X and Y. We don’t know.

A 3D model of a new bird Pokemon was also shown very briefly. It looks like Fletchling at first glance, but it’s not. In Pokemon Yellow, Pokemon Crystal, Pokemon Emerald, Pokemon Platinum, and Pokemon Black 2 and White 2, we never had a new Pokemon playable in the games (aside from formes), let alone what seems to be a common bird, so this might lend credence to these being seventh generation games. Or, if we think something different is happening here, these games could be a completely new type of in-generation sequel (like the “Generation 6.5” we’ve all speculated about). There’s still much we don’t know about Kalos, so unless these new games will fill us in, it would be odd to move on to another generation (unless of course they’re the Gold and Silver of X and Y, as I mentioned).

Update: The UK press release states these are the “Newest Generation of Pokemon Core Series Games.” Take that for what you will. Since Kalos has characters that mention another new region, the English press release says this is a “new world” instead of a “new region,” and there’s so many unresolved story points from X and Y, it seems more likely to me that these could be like Gold and Silver. As in, a “new  world” comprised of two regions, new Pokemon, and continuing the plot of the previous games. Kanto + Johto, Kalos + new region.

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The games will be released in the holidays of 2016 (end of the year), which lines up with what we predicted based on the Pokemon League schedule. The games will be available in nine different languages, including Traditional and Simplified Chinese for the very first time!

It was also revealed that the 3DS Virtual Console releases of Pokemon Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow will allow you to transfer your Pokemon to Pokemon Bank, which will then allow you to use them in Pokemon Moon and Pokemon Sun! How cool is that? Note that the announcement did not mention you could transfer your Generation I Pokemon to X, Y, Omega Ruby, or Alpha Sapphire. Just Moon and Sun.

Niji LogosIn one of the press kits that was e-mailed to us by Pokemon, the filenames for the game logos used “Niji,” which translates to “Rainbow.” It is a placeholder name that Pokemon seems to use for new game titles. Earlier this week, there were Nintendo rumors floating around which named “Pokemon Rainbow,” and while those rumors didn’t really have important information for Pokemon fans, this seems to lend credence to those larger Nintendo rumors being true. So if you follow Nintendo news, spread this evidence around!

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  1. Unyubaby Birb of Prey


    I believe the RBY transfer does affect XYORAS too. I recall them mentioning that the transfer uses the PokeBank and PokeTransfer apps, which would include XYORAS.
  2. Maurixio_1 Aspiring Trainer


    The games came out in Holidays 2016....
    Maybe... We get Pokemon Z in July...
    That will be a great SURPRISE...
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  3. Chrono Ragin' Cajun


    Wait...if RBY are now compatible with Bank, that's gonna create some bizarre, unique move sets for the Metagame. Bubblebeam Nidoking, here I come!
  4. Green778 It's always darkest before the dawn...



    That was the first place that came to my mind after I saw the pic with the building and the square... It's the most famous casino in Monte Carlo (left) and a super luxurious hotel (right)... Monte Carlo is in Europe in Monaco... And really close to France, just like Johto was to Kanto... just saying...
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2016
  5. SMP Aspiring Trainer


    I like the Blastoise as a fire truck more than anything.
  6. JiJi-T ID [ Dream ] We all are living in a dream!


    I am from the Netherlands, so that's why I am asking [ With the holidays you mean Christmas??? ]
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  7. OVERGRO Pokemon is lyfe.


    Welp, they gave us next to nothing. It's gonna be a long ~10 months ahead...

    The most interesting thing to me is the RBY compatibility (and RBY's lack of Gen 6 compatibility). To me this hints the .pkm files are in a Gen 7 format, thus being incompatible with Gen 6 (otherwise they'd have let us transfer to Gen 6, or just not let us transfer altogether). Perhaps, then, someone could crack the 3DS RBY game files soon enough and reveal a host of new abilities or new mechanics hidden there that are making the transfer straight to Gen 7 possible.

    You know, the whole Bank thing then is getting pretty complex haha. I hope Gen 7 manages to unify all pkm files into a format that somehow can keep being used from now on (or at least for the next few gens).
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  8. Water Pokémon Master I like Pokemon more than you. :D
    Water Pokémon Master

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    Yep! The end of the year.
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  9. Metalizard Aspiring Trainer


    They specifically said you can transfer them to Sun & Moon. If we could transfer them to XY/ORAS, I'm sure they would have mentioned it. When you want to transfer something from ORAS to XY, if your Rayquaza from ORAS knows Dragon Ascent, you may send it to PokéBank, but you can't send it from PokéBank to XY. Same thing here. You will transfer you RBY Pokémon to PokéBank but then you will only be transfer to send them to S/M.
  10. Skyleaf2000 Resident UB Enthusiast


    Oh good heavens... Imagine if you can only transfer from RBY to SM because SM is ultra-simplified like RBY... :(
  11. yammark Aspiring Trainer


    I'm so confused about the release date . Can someone make things clear . Because some said holiday mean July , while some said holiday mean December(Christmas) . I want a true definition of HOLIDAY 2016 ... LOL
  12. Skyleaf2000 Resident UB Enthusiast


    The holidays are around November and December, though moreso December.
  13. yammark Aspiring Trainer


    Oh , Thank you so much . Because if you said holiday in my country . All of people in my country will thinking about April or October or New Year Festival . LOL
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  14. Materious17 Pokemon Geologist


    @Water Pokémon Master

    Its definitely a Machamp, it just has all 4 of its arms crossed.
  15. Athena The Cooler Danchou

    Advanced Member Member

    What a nice Direct! It was very nostalgic to look back through all the generations. Even though we learned very little new information, it was wonderful to watch.
  16. Charmander Cyndaquil was taken :<


    I'm pretty hyped about the releases in Chinese. I'm very doubtful but if there's anyone reading this in Beijing, hit me up!
  17. Metalizard Aspiring Trainer


    Doubt it. Though I wouldn't mind if they got rid of IVs... "My life would be so much better..."
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  18. BigfootAUS Game Dev & VR Consultant / Trainer


    If you look carefully along the black bar on the back of the ute, you'll see hands holding on to it. Machamp has its top set of arms crossed, and its bottom set grabbing onto the ute.

    And WPM, about the 'unfinished' concept art - why would they waste production time adding more features than they need to their concept art? That's like doing oil paintings as your movie storyboards!
  19. Skyleaf2000 Resident UB Enthusiast


    I feel like the backlash would be so hot that nothing would be left of GameFreak but ashes.
  20. Apterous Aspiring Trainer


    I saw a press release on this site saying IVs were going away, as well as abilities, and the steel, dark and fairy type.