Pokemon Sun and Moon

Pokemon Sun and Moon Game Review

Title: Pokemon Sun and Moon
Company: Nintendo
Release Date:
November 18, 2016
How we got the game:
We pre-ordered them.

This post may contain spoilers.

Well, after avoiding the demo versions and trying to ignore spoilers all over the Internet (it was quite a workout), we finally beat the main story line of the newest generation of Pokemon games! While we each have a copy of each version, but Sun was what Rachel chose to play first while I played Moon. I must say, the Alola region was definitely up to par with the previous generations!

When I first saw the trailer and various leaks from Nintendo about these games, I have to admit I was a bit nervous. No gyms? Weird versions of Kanto Pokemon? What was Nintendo thinking? But, then again, it’s Pokemon. How can you not enjoy the games? I loved them and here’s why…


As far as gameplay goes, Sun and Moon play very similarly to the previous generations of Pokemon games. As the protagonist, you explore a region while catching a handful of creatures with powerful elemental abilities to join your party for the adventure and battles. While most of the gameplay formula is familiar, Nintendo did add some new twists.

The biggest difference, in my opinion, were the multiple islands and the trials. You’re no longer confined to one large region, but to four small(ish) islands. Most Pokemon are exclusive to a certain island or two and most of the islands have certain climates. For example, Poni Island is mostly rocky, mountain, desert area with a small village by the docks. Melemele Island, on the other hand, is filled with lush grassy terrain with a few small beaches here and there and a small city.

Rather than the usual eight gyms followed by a Pokemon League, there were trials and Island Kahunas to defeat after you passed the trials. The trials were unique, ranging from hide-and-seek like tasks and quizzes, with them ending with a battle against a powered-up totem Pokemon. The controls for the game stayed the same as the previous generations, for the most part, but there were a few new quirks. For example, the battle screen showing which of your Pokemon’s moves were effective against an opponent and helpfully tracking the stats changes of the battling Pokemon.

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I especially loved that feature along with Pokemon Refresh, where you could feed and pet your Pokemon to interact with them. You could also give them a bath which would take away most status conditions. Can we say, money saver? Seriously, paralyze heals, burn heals, and the like get expensive quick. Another fun feature was Poke Pelago. You’re able to grow your own berries and have your PC Pokemon go on adventures and exercise. I love the idea of knowing my Pokemon in the PC are out and about having a fun time rather than sitting in a box the whole time.

Those were definitely some fun extra gameplay features. There were also the Z-Moves, which… Honestly, I really don’t think were needed. They were interesting, sure, but we had just gotten Mega Evolution in the previous generation. It’s curious that they would forgo that until after the main storyline for a souped up type move that can only be used once per battle. The Z-Moves weren’t too bad. They just weren’t too impressive to me.

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I always forget to use my Z-Move because I try to save it and then before I know it the battle is over. I do think it was cool concept though. However, the Mega evolution was overlooked, even though you can get it after the main story. I also like how they got rid of HMs. I like the concept of riding Pokemon since we were able to ride some Pokemon in previous games, but they gave that a whole new meaning. Except Machamp… I don’t understand why he has to hold us while he pushes boulders. That one is strange to me.


When you play Pokemon Moon, you’re twelve hours behind the clock. If it’s daytime outside, it’s nighttime in the game. With that said, I was beyond impressed with the graphics of this game, especially with the night sky, stars, and dark waters of the sea!

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Since I played Sun, my game was set during the day. Except I always played at night in real life, so my game was based at night for the most part. Day or night, the graphics was gorgeous. The characters were so animated and unique from one another, it was amazing. My only complaint was that you yourself was stiff as a board… But seeing the trainers in the background of battles and watching them command their Pokemon was definitely cool.

Yes, the nearly perpetually smiling protagonist was a bit… creepy. Other than that, though, the graphics were wonderful. The landscapes, the characters, the Pokemon’s battle moves, I loved it. The only slight problem I had was that the frame rate definitely dropped a few times with the heavy graphics of Z-Moves or Double Battles.

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They added a lot for the 3DS to handle, but it did very well 90% of the time. As for the music, I love all Pokemon songs. However, I found myself picking out favorites from this game. I felt as though the music was more upbeat and fun this time around. I certainly love Team Skull’s theme and also Vast Poni Canyon at Poni Island. It’s so funky!

My favorite themes had to be the Elite Four and Ultra Beasts tunes. High energy, high stakes and risks, I loved them! The music was definitely a huge highlight from these games! They really helped the mood of the story line.

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Out of all the Pokemon games, I think this story line is my favorite. It wasn’t just about a team trying to take over the world or anything like that, there was a deeper plot between Lillie, Gladion, their mother, and mystery Pokemon called the Ultra Beasts. The characters really made the story, too. Team Skull were fun (and funny) opponents and Gladion made a great anti-hero.

It definitely was a bit different from the normal “take down the opposing bad guy team.” Team Skull were amusing, especially since half of the citizens didn’t even take them seriously! Lusamine was an intriguing villain — I loved to hate her, especially after the way she spoke of her children and Pokemon. The story of Lusamine and the Ultra Beasts were entwined with the usual goal of defeating the strongest trainers around the region and challenging the Elite Four. Pokemon Sun and Moon did not change that, but they did add in extra little stories, if you will, post-game.

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I’m glad that they created an Elite Four and Champion even though they took away the gym badges. Then you continue the story as you defend your Champion throne instead of re-challenging the old Champion over and over again.


With that said, like most Pokemon games, you can definitely continue playing even past the main story line. Sun and Moon have plenty of other challenges for you to take, such as defending the Champion throne, capturing the Ultra Beasts, and even simply just exploring the region to fill up your Pokedex.

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I will be playing this game for the rest of my life. I’m halfway through filling up my Pokedex and I know there is so much more to explore. This game was awesome!

Pokemon Sun and Moon gets…
5-lives5 out of 5 lives.

Have you played this game? What did you think? Let us know in the comments! 

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Looking Behind and Ahead

Double Jump Kris MiiShow of hands, who thought the weekend went by way too fast?

Despite how quickly the weekend has come and gone, I hope everyone had a good one and an awesome week ahead!

This past holiday weekend I spent my time finally playing Pokemon Moon. I’m definitely enjoying it so far, having gotten past my third trial, and I’m severely missing the time off of work that I had to continue binge-playing it. Rachel and I will go into more detail about the games themselves once we both complete them, but I just wanted to share my thoughts about the changes going on in the franchise that I grew up with.

Diving into the gaming world for me was like Alice falling into the rabbit hole. I was full of curiosity and totally enamored when I used to watch my father and my uncle play video games. It was a story that you controlled. The characters were puppets to the buttons and I was amazed that you could make someone on the television jump just by pressing A.

A couple of years later, I was good friends with a pair of twins who fully introduced me to the world of Pokemon through Pokemon Snap. That year Mom and Dad got me my first GameBoy Color, complete with a trio of Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow games. For about twenty years, the handheld Pokemon games followed a formula that consisted of your character exploring a new world with new creatures to partner with in order to defeat the Gym Challenges, whatever evil team that was plaguing the region, and the Elite Four.

Pokemon Sun and Moon threw that formula out the window, and while I’m enjoying the games, I can’t help but feel as if I’m missing something. Perhaps it’s too early in the game for me to tell, or maybe I’m just feeling particularly nostalgic for the older games that I grew up with. It’ll be interesting to see if Zelda’s Breath of the Wild, with how it’s going to be shaking up the Legend of Zelda franchise, will affect me in the same way.

The NES mini recently came out to hit us older gamers in the gut with memories, while virtual reality is rising on the gaming scene. Now I understand when my dad, upon seeing the motion controls of Wii Bowling, started talking about the “good ol’ games” from the past, like the original Mario or Donkey Kong!


Thoughts on Pokemon Sun and Moon’s Final Starter Forms

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Not too long ago, the final evolution forms for Pokemon’s Sun and Moon starters were revealed. I’m always excited tto see the final evolutions, but I have to admit, I was shocked this time around.


I’m not typically one to nit-pick the designs of Pokemon. I love each and every one of them, whether most people think they look ridiculous or not.

Pokemon Sun and Moon DecidueyeFirst up, there’s Decidueye. I definitely think his final form looks pretty cool. He looks tough, yet wise, as owls as usually pegged.

I definitely think his final form looks pretty cool. He looks tough, yet wise, as owls as usually pegged. I especially like that his wings look like a cape which I’m sure will look awesome while he flies.

Decidueye’s final type is Grass/Ghost, which I definitely found interesting. We have a limited amount of Pokemon with this type match-up, but I like how they gave it to a starter. Because, to be honest, I assumed he would be a Grass/Flying type.


Pokemon Sun and Moon IncineroarNext, there’s Incineroar. Here’s where I was taken a little back by the design.

My first thought when I saw this Pokemon was, this is Tony the Tiger in his mega evolution form.

Litten looks so spunky and adorable and grows into Torracat, who looks like a teenage version of Litten. Incineroar looks like he made the wrong choices in his teenage years and grew into an angry guy.

Don’t get me wrong, this won’t influence my choice of getting Litten first, and I’m sure Incineroar is going to be a beast of a Pokemon. I also like the fact that he’s Fire/Dark as opposed to Fire/Fighting. Then again, his design looks as though he should be Fighting.


Pokemon Sun and Moon PrimarinaFinally, we have Primarina. I’m sure people who were making fun of Popplio’s design aren’t laughing anymore.

Primarina looks like a majestic mermaid, yet I can see a slight smirk on her face. She’s definitely going to be a tough one.

Primarina is Water/Fairy, which isn’t that uncommon anymore since Fairy became a type. I feel like we have a lot of Water/Fairy types, but we’ve never had a starter become a Fairy. Then again, I’m not too picky on the types.

This final form definitely looks like it’s going to be cool to battle with!

I’m happy with all the final evolutions, types, battle moves, and even the designs, despite what this post was about.

I was only taken aback by Incineroar’s design because the three stages usually go from kid to teenager to adult. I felt as though that wasn’t the case for Litten. Something happened in his teenagehood that caused him to stand on two legs and look like a tough guy.

Then again, we have Solgaleo as one of our legendaries. Maybe they didn’t want them to be too similar? I don’t know.

For the most part, I’m happy with the final evolutions and I can’t wait to get my hands on the game!

What was your reaction to the final forms? Which will you choose as your starter?

No Demo For Me

Double Jump Kris MiiThe alternate title to this post is “Why I did NOT Play Sun & Moon’s Demo.” I’m sure many of you downloaded and played the demo, and I hope you all had an awesome time doing so! I’m sure the demo was great, but there was something holding me back…

Spoilers abound for the newest Pokemon installments, Sun and Moon, due to come out November 18, less than a month now. Last week, the demo for the games was available and, of course, many people tried them out.

I was not one of them.

Honestly, with all the information popping up on the Internet regarding the newest games, one doesn’t need to play the demo. Just wait an hour or two after the demo’s release, and everything will be revealed by those who just can’t wait to share their findings.

(One of which was, apparently, the accidental full Pokedex of the game, which includes the now meme-famous Alolan Dugtrio. You know what I’m talking about.)

Don’t get me wrong, I’m always excited about new Pokemon games. The franchise is one of my favorites. Pokemon was one of the reasons as to why I got my first GameBoy Color, bringing me even further into the wonderful world of gaming. Alola looks just as intriguing as its predecessors.

However, I do miss the surprise element.

I remember how exciting it was to fully explore new regions and discover new Pokemon back during the second and third generations of the games. Kalos was great as well, but it wasn’t long before we realized that all the new generation six Pokemon had been revealed before the game itself was out. It was a bit disappointing to know that there were no new creatures to discover for ourselves.

Little tidbits and snack-sized bites of information from the new games are fine and dandy, but I would like it if they were used more sparingly. I understand giving us news about the game is to keep us excited, but it has the opposite effect on me. Sun and Moon will firmly keep their places at the top of my gaming wishlist, but I wouldn’t mind being able to play through the game without all of this knowledge.

Give me back the exploration and discovery that made me love the creatures of this franchise.

Pokemon: Alola Speculations

Has everyone seen the Alola Forms for Pokemon Sun and Moon yet? Most of it seems very interesting, but may I just say… what the hell happened to Exeggutor? To be fair, I guess making Exeggutor more like a palm tree was an interesting move for a region based off of a tropical island.

Making him look like a palm tree wasn’t their plan at all. I read the actual article (we discovered the new forms through their video on YouTube) and they explained that they added a fourth head to Exeggutor’s head. Uh, yeah. Sorry, I didn’t notice that part due to his freakishly long neck…

A palm tree is definitely the first thing that came to mind when I saw Exeggutor’s Alola form. I saw someone else point out how Exeggutor’s Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Pokedex entry states that Exeggutor “originally came from the tropics” and how “its heads steadily grow larger from exposure to strong sunlight.” It is pretty cool that they’re creating a design from the Pokedex itself, despite the entry talking about its heads rather than its neck. Can we also talk about the fact that it weighs more than a Wailord, coming in over 900 pounds to Wailord’s 877?

My first thought was a giraffe, I have to be honest. It is cool that they’re using the Pokedex entry. It makes you wonder if this has been something they’ve been wanting to do for a while. At least it makes some sort of sense. The designs for Vulpix, Ninetails, Sandshrew, and Sandslash look pretty cool, I’ll admit. I don’t understand why they’re ice, though… I think the new forms are a cool concept, but I don’t understand why they’re needed.

I do like the designs for the Alola forms, but I also don’t understand why the change. It’s a tropical island, so why are we making Fire and Ground types into Ice types? Perhaps they didn’t have enough new Ice types to fill a quota? I mean, creatures evolving and adapting based on their habitat is what happens in the real world, so Nintendo may be doing this for science. That, or they’re just trying to throw us all for a loop, haha!

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I get that’s science and all, but I just don’t get why they feel it’s needed. And they picked the most random Pokemon… And only five Pokemon out of all 700+ Pokemon. I think it’ll be cool when we actually play, I’m just confused.

I’m sure there will be more Pokemon that get Alola forms. I’m hoping that they’ll leave some things as a surprise. I feel as if many extras will be shown as teasers like many video games do nowadays. For instance, what about the riding Pokemon? Not only on the land, but also in the sea and the air? In the Alpha and Omega trailers, they showcased Soaring on Latios/Latias, and I thought it would be a much more interactive version of Fly. Instead, it was just literally a cut-scene. In X and Y, there were predetermined Pokemon you could ride in predetermined areas. I know it’d be difficult to program, but what if you could ride around the region on, say, a Rapidash instead of a bike?

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I’m sure they will show more. November 18 will be here before we know it, but it’s still a good ways away. I can’t wait to try to ride the Pokemon more often than we have been able to so far. I hope that’s an actual thing than just a cut scene. I would personally love it if the Pokemon trailed behind us like in HeartGold and SoulSilver.

Aw, yes, I miss the Pokemon trailing after us! It had been one of my favorite features way back in the times of Pokemon Yellow, and I had loved seeing it return! … Then it went away for new features like Mega Evolution. Is Mega Evolution going to be in Sun and Moon, or will it be all about the Z-moves? Is Mega Evolution going away after just one generation? Are the gyms going away as well to make way for trials? When I heard about the Island Challenge, all I could think of was the Orange Islands segment of the anime. There’s certainly many new aspects of Sun and Moon to think about!

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I have no idea. I’m sure some Pokemon may still be able to Mega Evolve? I mean, it’s part of the Pokedex now. I think every Pokemon can use a Z-Move, they can only use it once per battle though. So it is something different, in a way. As for the gyms… while the island trials sound cool, I still hope we can explore and nab eight badges before heading to the Elite Four and defeating the Champion. Speaking of, who are the villians? I know you said you hope they won’t spoil everything before the release, but it seems like we both still have a lot of questions. Still, I’m looking forward to the games.

What do you think of the Sun and Moon update?

Pokemon Playthrough

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

With the news of Pokemon Sun and Moon coming out in a couple of months, I’ve decided I’m going to go on a full journey before November!


The seventh generation of Pokemon is coming in November 2016. That’s five months away.

I’ve played through the games before many times, of course. However, I’ve gotten farther in some regions over others.

I decided that in anticipation of Pokemon Sun and Moon coming out, I’m going to go on my own Pokemon journey through the games from the very beginning.

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I will play the games as such…

June: Pokemon Blue
July: Pokemon Crystal
August: Pokemon Emerald
September: Pokemon Platinum
October: Pokemon Black
November: Pokemon Y
December: Pokemon Sun or Moon

What bothers me about Unova and Kalos is that there’s no third installment to the games. I decided to stick with Black over Black 2 because… I don’t really know why. My mind may change.

Also, I’ve beaten and gotten really far in X so I’ll play Y for November.

Sun and Moon come out November 18. I most likely won’t get the games until the end of November, so I’ll play the seventh generation come December.

I’ll post a review of each game at the end of each month. Be sure to follow Double Jump on Twitter and Tumblr. I’ll post updates through there using #PokemonJourney. I hope you’ll join me!

I’m going to catch them all (maybe) and be the very best (we’ll see about that one).

Will you go on your own journey while waiting for the new games?

Pokemon Sun and Moon: First Thoughts

Rachel Mii Double JumpIf you love Pokemon, then I’m sure this is old news to you by now.

Nintendo has announced the seventh generation of Pokemon and the two games to start it off: Sun and Moon.


Nintendo has recently announced Pokemon Sun and Moon coming worldwide in November 2016. They gave us the name of the new region, where it’s based off from, the three starter Pokemon, and even some unofficial gameplay here and there from the trailer.

I’ve been a Pokemon fan from the very beginning and I’ve been eagerly awaiting the next generation. So you can only imagine my excitement when this news came.

Although there’s not much information known about the games yet, they’ve given us a pretty decent heads up.

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The Region

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The seventh generation is in a region called Alola. It’s island-based and people believe it’s loosely based on Hawaii. I think that’s pretty cool. It’s definitely something different.

I get the feeling we’re going to have to be surfing and riding boats to get to the different cities and towns for gym badges. There won’t be a shortage of water Pokemon, that’s for sure.The map seems to show otherwise, but you’re definitely surrounded by water.

The map seems to show otherwise, but you’re definitely surrounded by water. I’m excited to see what Alola has in store for us.

The Starters

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First, there’s Rowlet. He’s known as the Grass Quill Pokemon, but I call him an owl because… he’s an owl. He’s grass-flying and absolutely adorable.

He reminds me of a Beanie Boo. You guys know those round-chubby-beanie-baby-like-plushies? That’s what Rowlet reminds me of and I just want to hug and squeeze him!



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Second, there’s Litten. Litten is a fire-type known as the fire cat Pokemon. He’s a cat. Obviously.

Fire is my favorite type so regardless of design, Litten is my choice. However, Jimmy Whetzel posted on his Tumblr a picture of a black cat, plus Shadow the Hedgehog, equals Litten. I cannot unsee this because he’s right. It looks like Shadow the Hedgehog got turned into Shadow the Cat. Oh, well. That still doesn’t sway my decision.



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Lastly, there’s Popplio. The water-type sea lion Pokemon. Oh, Popplio…

I feel bad for the guy. Not because of his design, no. But because mostly everyone hates his design and calls him ugly. I think he’s adorable. Instead of basing him off of a real life sea lion, they based him off a performing sea lion like for the circus or aquarium. It’s a weird direction to take, but I think it’s pretty cool.


I can’t wait to see what they’re evolved forms are going to look like!

The Legendaries

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The two Legendary Pokemon on the box art are just amazing, in my opinion. I’m so happy to have a powerful-looking lion as a legendary. I think that one was way overdue. I’m not sure what type it is, but it kind of looks like it may have fire elements to it.




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As for the Moon legendary, it looks like a bat of some sort. I’m not really sure, but it looks really majestic and I love it. Again, its type is unknown. But my guess is fairy? Or maybe dark?




Rumor has it, there more information for Sun and Moon coming out today, June 2. Who knows what we’ll hear next.

What are your thoughts on the new games?

Pokemon: Past and Future

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I hope you’re not sick of all the Pokemon related posts yet, haha!

To wrap up February’s celebration of 20 years of Pokemon, here’s a post dedicated to the first generation of the amazing franchise: Red, Blue, and Yellow!


I had gotten all three of the first generation of Pokemon games eons ago with the translucent purple GameBoy Color nearly twenty years ago on a very happy Easter morning. I had just recently joined the Pokemon fandom thanks to a couple of good friends way back from elementary school, and they were awestruck when I showed them my Pokemon Yellow game days later.

Since then, I’ve been hooked. I have enjoyed every new Pokemon game since the first generation, with the vast regions, new Pokemon, the music, and game play… It’s definitely a franchise that I cannot imagine dying off.

The games have only improved throughout the years (with some, uh, hiccups in my opinion around the fifth generation there) and now we’ve gotten word of Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon for the next installments! Not much was shown from them aside from a few early art concepts, but it was revealed that Red, Blue, and Yellow can transfer Pokemon to Pokemon Bank to Sun and Moon. We could be playing with our first generation of favorites in the seventh generation games!

Seven generations of Pokemon games in 20 years… Can you believe it? Here’s hoping for 20 more years!

Which generation of Pokemon got you hooked? Any certain favorites?