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- A new light shines on the Alola region!
- Take on the role of a Pokemon Trainer and encounter Pokemon, uncover new tales, and Unravel the mystery behind the two forms reminiscent of the legendary Pokemon.
- These new titles power up the Pokemon Sun and Pokemon moon content with new story additions and features, earning them the name “ultra!” another adventure is about to begin!
- Destructoid: "A hallmark of excellence.";GameSpot: "...a fun-filled and uplifting Pokemon adventure…"
- Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) Content Description: Mild cartoon violence
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Another Pokémon tale is about to begin!
A new light shines on the Alola region! Take on the role of a Pokémon Trainer and unravel the mystery of the Legendary Pokémon Necrozma’s new forms: Dusk Mane Necrozma in the Pokémon Ultra Sun game and Dawn Wings Necrozma in the Pokémon Ultra Moon game. You can encounter and battle 400+ Pokémon, including new forms. A brand-new showdown awaits!
Discover the Legendary Pokémon Solgaleo and Lunala’s new Z-Moves and their mysterious connection to the Legendary Pokémon Necrozma. Then venture into Ultra Wormholes to explore the Ultra Beasts’ home world, encounter every Legendary Pokémon, and uncover Ultra Megalopolis, a dark world where Necrozma has stolen the light. On the bright side, the Alola region has new activities, and fresh landscapes to explore with some assistance from your powered-up Rotom Dex. You’ll need all the help you can get if you’re going to stop Giovanni, Ghetsis, and the rest of Team Rainbow Rocket from taking over the Alola region!
Ultra Warp Ride Solgaleo or Lunala into Ultra Wormholes and surf with Mantine.
Visit the Ultra Megalopolis.
Uncover the mystery of Necrozema.
New looks for a new adventure!
New Z-Moves for Necrozma, Solgaleo, Lunala, Mimikyu, Lycanroc, and Kommo-o.
Games in 2D. Some areas also playable in 3D.
2017 Pokémon. 1995-2017 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./Game freak inc. Pokémon and Nintendo 3DS are trademarks of Nintendo. 2016 Nintendo.
A new light shines on the Alola region! Take on the role of a Pokemon Trainer and encounter Pokemon, uncover new tales, and unravel the mystery behind the two forms reminiscent of the Legendary Pokemon. These new titles power up the Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon content with new story additions and features, earning them the name “Ultra!” Another adventure is about to begin!
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Here are the list of changes/additions:
1. Story puts emphasis on the legendary Pokémon Necrozma. The core story of the Alolan trails stay the same. Alola map layout is the same with exception of a few new buildings, a new mini-island Ultra Megalopolis and worm hole. 3/4 of the game will feel very familiar to you plot wise if you played the original sun/moon
2. New enemy Group: Ultra Recon Squad and Team Rainbow Rocket. You can fight against all team rocket leaders in past games such as Giovanni (Pokémon Red and Blue) to Lysandre (Pokémon X and Y).
3. 3 new Ultra Beasts: UB Assembly, UB Burst and UB Adhesive
4. 8 trails instead of 7, with the 8th trail captain being Mina.
5. New legendary Pokémon Necrozma with Dusk Mane, Dawn Wings, and Ultra forms. You get the forms by absorbing legendary Pokémon Solgaleo and/or Lunala.
6. New Partner Cap Pikachu. It's just a Pikachu with Ash's (?) hat. New Lycanroc Dusk Form
7. New Z-Moves
Clangorous Soulblaze - Kommo-o
Splintered Stormshards - Lycanroc
Searing Sunraze Smash - Solgaleo and Dusk Mane Necrozoma
Menacing Moonraze Maelstrom - Lunala and Dawn Wings Necrozma
Let's Snuggle Forever - Mimikyu
Light That Burns the Sky - Ultra Necrozma
8. Mega Stones are also returning, but you have to find them
9. SOS battles. Now toned down, instead of wild pokemon calling unlimited SOS pokmeon it's just 1 this time
10. new clothing options will be available for players to purchase
11. Battle Agency. Battle random trainers with rental pokemon. The more battles you win the more rare rental pokemon you get and prizes you earn
12. Mantne Surf. As you fast travel from island to island, you can play a mini game where you ride Mantne through the ocean waves and preform tricks racking up points for a while score which can get you rewards.
13. Ultra Wormhole. Similar to Mantne surf where you play a mini-game (fly through rings) to travel to the Ultra Space where you fight and collect rare/legendary pokemon the further down you go. In this game you can literally get all legendaries from past generations if you own both games (list provided later on)
14. Alola Photo Club. Take photos with your pokemon, and add stamps/borders to the photos taken with more stamps/borders unlocked as you submit more photos
15. Totem Stickers. Replacement of collecting Zygard Cells in the original games. By collecting them you can trade them for Totem pokemon.
16. New Moves:
Mind Blown - Fire-type Move. Learned by UB Burst.
Photon Geyser - Psychic-type Move
Plasma Fists - Electric-type Move. Learned by Zeraor
17. Roto-Loto. You can now be friends with Rotom (your pokedex) and unlock gives you items your pokemon can carry to increase stats such as exp gain,better friendship, more prize money from fighting trainers, faster egg hatching, use Z-move twice during battle, etc
18. Pokemon differences between Ultra Sun and Moon. No new alolan forms, but the ones in the original is still present. Here are a list of exclusive pokemon in each:
-Ultra Sun-Exclusive Pokemon
-Ultra Sun-Exclusive Legendaries
Dusk Mane Necrozma
-Ultra Moon-Exclusive Pokemon
-Ultra Moon-Exclusive Legendaries
Dawn Wings Necrozma
19. New pokemon aside from those already mentioned:
Hope the list of changes help you in your purchasing decision. If you find anything else, please put it in the comments
Now I'll post my original review of Pokemon Sun:
Huge changes to the pokemon formula since Pokemon X & Y, no longer as it's strictly battle and collecting focused (although still present) as they added variety of mechanics to switch things up a bit and to bring more variety in gameplay. Changes include:
1. No HMs
No longer do you have to carry around a HM slave (s). This has bothered me in the past games as I have to restrict 1 or 2 slots out of my party of 6 to help traverse certain areas of the world. In the place of HMs there are Poké Rides where you can ride pokemon interacting with them on the world map, some you may not be able to access until you've completed mission within the game.
2. Is it super effective?
No longer do you have to look up guides online (unless it's your first encounter) to tell if a move is super effective or not very effective against the pokemon you're up against. After you battle a pokemon once, the game will tell you what moves is super effective or not in the battle menu once you encounter the same pokemon the second time.
3. No Traditional Gyms
No longer do you have to battle your way through gym after gym to prove you're the best out of brute force.
There are 4 islands in the game, each of which are controlled by 4 Island Kahunas
To get to them you have to get pass Trail Captains and Todum Pokemon
Trail captain will give you quizzes, side quests to complete, and/or fight in traditional battles
Todum Pokemon. Basically typical pokemon you find the wild, but significantly stronger and have grunts that help them battle.
4. Rotom Pokédex
Typical pokedex, but with a face and personality attached to it.
5. Alola Forms
Basically different forms of pokemon you seen in previous generations. Either it's there physical form that is different and/or the pokemon's typing
With a Z-Ring and a Z-Crystal you can use a pokemon's ultimate move once per battle. It's not like Mega Evolutions where it stays constant
7. QR Scanner.
You can now scan QR codes to get event pokemon
8. Battle Royal
A 4 player free-for-all where the battle ends after all of one's pokemon trainer's faints. They tally the win-losses of each trainer and the one with best stats at the end wins
9. Hyper Training.
Once a pokemon reaches level 100, they can go through hyper training which can improve a Pokemon's IV
10. Poké Pelago
Your PC Box now has functionality to it. It's like a day care sort of thing, instead of just depositing your pokemon, you can passively train them in the PC or have them search for items
11. Festival Plaza.
An online mode where you can battle other trainers and trade with them. You get festial coins for each interaction which you can spend on clothes, shop or upgrade your pokemon's stats. There's also missions you can undertake to get more coins.
12. Night and Day phase, New Pokemon
Pokemon Sun goes the traditional time route while Moon does the opposite. In Pokemon Moon if you're playing in the daytime, the game will consider it night time in-game. Some events also play out differently like different Totum Pokemon on the same island/trail
In traditional Pokemon fashion you can only get some pokemon in each version so trading is required either with a friend or if you own both versions. Also some pokemon evolve differently in each version now.
I'd say some of overall models of new pokemon are better looking than the last batch in previous iterations of the pokemon series.
13. Auto Run
Your run is as fast as a bike now, and it has unlimited use. You can now move in all directions instead of the traditional 4 and it feels very fluid
14. No Rod
Fishing is now dedicated to specific regions in the world. You cannot fish wherever you want anymore.
15. Photo Taking
You can now take Photos of pokemon in the wild.
16. Team Skull and Aether Foundation
Team Skull is the new antagonist group like Team Rocket, but they have a new style to them as they try act gangster-ish with their animated hand gesters/movements. They have more personality and have a darker tone to their backstory and mission.
Aether Foundation is the opposite of Team Skull as their mission is to cure injured and hurt pokemon. The group is also conducting research on the Ultra Beast (Pokemon) which is a good mystery story in and of itself.
17. Graphical Upgrade
Game looks better than the last, although there are some pixelation around the edges still. Models look more realistic than before, and the battle animations are more visually impressive. There are some framerate issues on 2v2 battles for some reason, but then again I own the launch 3DS. You may not have the issue if you own the New 3DS? It's a turn-based system so it doesn't really matter much in terms of gameplay, but the slow down is noticeable
18. Pokemon Refresh
Similar to Pokemon amie but with more grooming options
Pokebank return, you can now transfer all your pokemon to Sun and Moon
Clothing Options: Although more options are available, it still feel very limited.
Mega Evolutions return, but none for new pokemon from what i've discovered
Overall, love the changes to the traditional formula as it gives the Pokemon Series a nice refresh and is more streamline to play.
Although new features and additional story content have been added into Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, most of the plot, mechanics, locations and gameplay are almost identical to their 2016 predecessors.
In terms of new content and differences from the original Sun and Moon, there are some minor story changes. Also, there are new locations, such as the Alola Photo Club for taking pictures, the Battle Agency for winning battles with rental Pokémon (similar to the Battle Factory from previous games), Megalo Tower, Ultra Space (for catching Legendary Pokémon), Team Rainbow Rocket's Castle, and a few other places like an additional tunnel or even Pikachu Valley. Other new features in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon include 5 brand new Pokémon, new attacks and new Z-moves, Move Tutors, Rotom O-Powers, new NPC side-quests, a new Mantine Surf mini-game, different camera angles when walking around various areas on the map, remixed music, and even consistent Trainer animations during the beginning and end of battles (as opposed to the initial 3-second non-moving Trainer images in the original Sun and Moon).
However, in terms of what's the same between the 2016 and 2017 versions, there are a lot of similarities, and many Pokémon fans (including yours truly) will easily feel like they are playing the exact same game from a year ago. Up until the point in the story where you encounter Solgaleo or Lunala, about 90% of your Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon journey is identical to the original Sun and Moon, even right down to the exact same text dialogue. That's right -- for the most part, the same people are in the same locations, and they say the exact same sentences as they did in 2016. Now, to be fair, you can understand why. With the Nintendo 3DS coming to the end of its 7-year lifecycle, and Game Freak wanting to push out one final core title for the system in 2017, it's obvious that they chose to spend the majority of their development time focusing on the post-game content for Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, tapping into the nostalgia factor by including Team Rocket and all of the evil team leaders from previous generations.
While a welcome addition, I personally feel that Game Freak could have made more changes to the beginning areas of Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon to differentiate them better from the original Sun and Moon versions. After clearly abandoning the "3rd Version" concept of Pokémon games after the release of Platinum in 2009, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon feel like a bit of a step backwards into that era, except instead of just coming out with one single "3rd Version", this time they came out with two "3rd Versions" to split the Legendary Pokémon between them.
Not only that, but because many of the features in Sun and Moon were left intact and unchanged in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Pokémon Trainers still have to deal with the same frustrations they experienced in 2016 -- Festival Plaza's same old poor online connectivity features with no PC; wild Pokémon summoning allies to prevent being caught in SOS Battles; no National Pokédex detailing all 807 Pokémon (some people like myself originally thought a National Pokédex was included in the Ultra versions, but it was not); slowness and lag in Totem, Double & Multi-Battles, since even the New 3DS systems still don't have the processing power equivalent to what we used to have in home consoles like the GameCube.
Ultimately, if you're a lifelong Pokémon Trainer like I am, you have no choice but to get Ultra Sun or Ultra Moon, since you need access to the Legendary Pokémon and Move Tutors in order to have a decent chance at competitive battling against other people, whether through online or in-person tournaments. However, at the same time, I am glad that these are the final Pokémon titles for the aging Nintendo 3DS system.
As a result, I'm giving Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon for the Nintendo 3DS a score of 3/5 stars. If you have not played the original Sun or Moon, pick up one of the Ultra versions instead. Conversely, if you have played the original Sun or Moon, consider selling it after transferring your Pokémon and items over to the new Ultra versions, since you won't need both of them due to the similarities of their stories and locations.
My son is 8 and resets his Pokemon games and replays the same game several times a year. I can play through BotW or any game once, after that, I beat it and I am done. If the person your buying for replays games buy this even if they have Sun/Moon already! If they have Sun go with Ultra Moon or if they have Moon go with Ultra Sun that way it is even more of a difference. If they are like me and one and done with games, there might not be enough content to make them spend hours playing it.