New Pokémon Sun & Moon Trailers Eclipse Skies

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

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Months after a somewhat lackluster Nintendo DirectPokémon Sun and Moon finally have a series of trailers to build excitement for the new generation of games. There are two regional trailers, one in English and one in Japanese, that focus on completely different marketing angles. But for both the message is the same: the next generation of Pokémon will be out late November (the 18th Worldwide and the 23rd in Europe) of this year!

 

Pokémon Sun and Moon Litten

Lava + kitten = Litten?

All three starting types have been revealed adding some cool new designs to ever growing roster of pocket monsters. Having a few cats of my own, Litten stands out as the most interesting. It’s hard not to be excited with a description (from the official website) like this:

“Litten can attack with flaming hairballs! Its fur is rich in oils and immensely flammable. Litten grooms itself by licking its fur, and then uses the collected fur as fuel for fireball attacks!”

Pokémon Sun and Moon Rowlett

Round + owl + piglet = Owlett?

 

Rowlett comes next with its flying/grass mix and ability to turn its head nearly 180 degrees around. This perfectly rounded owl that’s as small as a diglet fills out the cute quota for the starters. It’s described as:

“Rowlet can attack without making a sound! It flies silently through the skies, drawing near to its opponent without being noticed, and then lashing out with powerful kicks. It can also attack from a distance using the razor-sharp leaves that form part of its feathers.”

Pokémon Sun and Moon Popplio

Ummmm… Balloon (pop) + pagliaccio = not Popplio

 

And finally we have the mandatory water type to finish the starter trifecta with Popplio. This seel meets circus clown is at the bottom of the trio for me, but maybe after seeing it in action more (and looking up its move list online) that’ll change. Its summary reads as follows:

“[W]hen it’s on land, it takes advantage of the elasticity of its balloons to perform acrobatic stunts and jumps. Popplio can snort out balloons made of water! Watch it spin water balloons into a playful battle strategy!”

There were also some neat little tidbits thrown in the trailers and box art that adds more character to this unnamed Pokémon region (correction: Aloha region). The tropical setting and the fact that Hawaii is featured prominently in the slice-of-life Japanese commercial shows the obvious inspiration for the new setting. Character customization is also briefly shown in the trailer for the Japan. The two new, nameless legendaries are both shown in action and on the box art. While the sun lion looks decent, it’s the moon bat that fills my Castlevania lust. And while on the topic of daytime and nighttime, both are shown in the trailer and it’s clear that the time of day is going to be an important mechanic in this Pokémon.

Pokémon Sun and Moon Box Art

Guesses for Legendary names: Leoshine and Batluna?

These videos are just the floodgates creaking open and oprainfall will be there to sift through the Pokémon deluge that will come crash through over the next few months. What do you think? Do any of these starters appeal to your sensibilities? Are you excited to try time after time again to try and entrap these new legendaries? Tell us below!

 

About Leif Conti-Groome

Leif Conti-Groome is a writer/playwright/video game journalist whose work has appeared on websites such as NextGen Player, Video Game Geek and DriveinTales. His poem Ritual won the 2015 Broadside Contest organized by the Bear Review. While he grew up playing titles such as Final Fantasy VI and Super Double Dragon, he doesn’t really have a preference for genre these days except for Country; that’s a game genre right? Leif’s attention has been more focused on the burgeoning communities of niche Japanese titles, eSports and speedruns. He currently resides in Toronto, Canada and makes a living as a copywriter.




  • Aaron Evangelisti

    hmmm…. Those designs aren’t great.

  • Charly_C

    I think it says ‘Alola region’

    • Thanks Charly. Fixed in the article!

  • Josh S.

    Dammit dammit dammit. I was hoping Sun and Moon would just be a remake, but if it’s an entirely new game, it might suck me in again… I must admit, I rather like the new designs of the starters. That Litten is fantastically emo, and the Owlett is adorable. The seel is the least compelling visually, but that will likely change as it evolves. Also love the Sun legendary. Dammit…

  • Audie Bakerson

    With the Nipponese trailer’s focus I REALLY hope they allow language swaping this time instead of save locking it.

  • TrueWiiMaster

    It looks great! I like the designs for the starters and legendaries. I hope the fire type starter evolves into a dual type. Fire/dark seems likely based on its looks, but maybe not. As long as it isn’t another fire/fighting, I’ll be happy.