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Next installment in the Pocket Monster Phenomenon: Pokemon Sun & Moon

As the Pokemon Go phenomenon peaks, Nintendo poises to release a new generation of Pocket monsters.

Alolan Marowak

Fancy an Ice-type Vulpix? Or how about fire-twirling Marowak? These are some examples of the new “Alolan forms” available in Pokemon Sun and Moon, due for the Nintendo 3DS this November.

Set in the Alola region (inspired by islands of Hawaii), Sun & Moon boasts exciting new features such as: Poke-riding (Yes, you can now ride and control Pokemon to reach previously inaccessible places instead of merely using HM moves), once-per-battle super-powered attacks known as Z-moves, and the Rotom Pokedex, a new gameplay system allowing users a real-time map view and guide functions.

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Like its predecessors, Sun & Moon follows the iconic monomyth: Trainers embark on a journey from a small town, battle gyms and confront the story’s main antagonists. Players will be given the choice of three starters: Rowlet, a grass-type owlet pokemon; Litten, a fire-type kitten pokemon; and Popplio, a water-type seal pokemon. As the story progresses, the protagonist will meet the nefarious Team Skull, a familiar Oak-looking character, and the Aether corporation, an organization committed to the research of mysterious “Ultra Beasts” threatening the region.

In the lead-up to the games’ launch, the Pokemon Company has released multiple trailers including a series of live-action teasers set in Hawaii, that touches on themes of friendship and childhood. On his reasons behind the titles, Director of the Games, Shigeru Ohmori commented: “What I wanted to express is the brilliance of life and of the relationships between humans and Pokémon as they influence one another.” On this, Shigeru added that Pokemon Sun and Moon will begin on a time difference of 12 hours to allow players a completely different experience in both games.

For a sneak peak, catch the games’ live-action teaser below.

Pokemon Sun and Moon are slated for release on November 18 in North America and November 23 in Europe. Pokemon Sun and Moon are the seventh-generation pokemon games since the franchise’s inception in 1996, and will be launched with support for nine languages. The release date for South-east Asia has not been confirmed.

For more information, visit: http://www.pokemon-sunmoon.com/en-us/

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Next installment in the Pocket Monster Phenomenon: Pokemon Sun & Moon

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