Thoughts on Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Thoughts on Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

When Nintendo announced Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, we were… disappointed, for lack of a better word. Shortly before this year’s E3 press conference, the Pokemon Direct announced a deluxe version of Pokken Tournament for the Switch, virtual console versions of Pokemon Gold and Silver, confirmed there will be a Pokemon game for the Switch, and then added Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon into the mix. But what happened to the third-tier games? And we just got Sun and Moon, what can they possibly update already?

There seem to be a lot of aesthetic changes in the Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon trailer, from the main trainer designs themselves, to the few peeks of the islands we see. Instead of a sequel, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are being hailed as remakes of the original Sun and Moon games. Perhaps Nintendo is adding more content that they hadn’t been able to add to the original Alolan duo of games? I admit, I was looking forward to perhaps a third-tier game and was a bit surprised at hearing that the next games would be the Ultra versions of Sun and Moon.

I’m looking forward to the new games, whether they’re similar or not. It’s Pokemon, so of course, I’m going to buy both games. Still, I just thought it was strange that they’re remaking games that came out a year ago. With new forms of the Pokemon, the legendaries especially, I’m curious to see what kind of changes they made to the story.

Release dates between the main core games have always been about a year and a half to two years, actually, but I am a little suspicious about a remake version just a year after the original came out. Again, perhaps there were more new mechanics that they wished to include but hadn’t been able to until the Ultra games. While the brighter environments in the Ultra games look nice, I’m not thrilled with the character designs. They’re cute, and maybe I’m just old, but I do hope that the characters have a few more facial expressions this time around. Despite how customizable their clothes and hair were in the original games, but faces were nearly always stuck in that goofy smile.

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Right, but the fact that they announced the remarks just a few months after the originals came out, makes me wonder just how long they’ve had these games ready. And I forgot that we had stone faces… I hope they fixed that as well. We don’t see too much of our character in the reveal trailer though, so who knows?

Yes, the reveal trailer didn’t show too much of your character aside from the updated design, along with a few moves made by some Alolan Pokemon, and the legendaries’ updated looks, of course. I’m curious if Lillie, Hau, and Gladion will make another appearance. In the original games, the main character had just moved to the Alola region — is it the same case in the Ultra games? Will the main character already know the supporting characters from the original games, if the supporting characters are in the Ultra games as well?

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Well, that’s the thing. We don’t know anything about the story this time around. They showed off new designs and that’s about it. YouTuber GameExplain has some thoughts and I have to say that I agree with him. Feel free to watch his video and then let us know your thoughts.

What do you think of Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon? Are you excited for the games? Let us know in the comments below!

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New Pokemon Forms

Double Jump Kris MiiThe majority of Pokemon change forms as they grow, evolving into usually stronger creatures. It’s one of the main components to the games, enabling players to create all sorts of strategies for their adventure to play out.

While evolution usually happens when a Pokemon levels up, there are different criteria for some species, such as Lycanroc, whose form depends on the time of day…

Lycanroc was one of the first Alolan Pokemon to be revealed to the public and, within the games, its pre-evolved form Rockruff is one of the first wild Pokemon the player encounters when starting their journey in Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. With Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon coming out in November, more information regarding the new forms of the Alolan Pokemon is starting to slowly make its way onto the Internet.

Where Lycanroc is concerned, there will be a new form to go along with its Midday and Midnight appearance: Dusk Lycanroc.


It’s a decent design, in my opinion. As Rachel pointed out, “It looks like a sunset!” Caught between the Midday and Midnight forms, the Dusk Lycanroc looks as if it’ll fit right in.

Yet, I wonder how many Pokemon are going to get new forms for the games. Most likely due to its werewolf motif, Lycanroc was one of — if not the only — Pokemon with an alternate form based on the time of day in the seventh generation to go with the day and night aspect of the games. Will other Pokemon get more forms for Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon?

With Mega Evolution, then Z-Moves, Alolan variations of first generation Pokemon, now Ultra forms for the Sun and Moon legendaries, I’m curious as to how all of this will play out.

What do you think of Dusk Lycanroc? Are you hoping for other Pokemon to get different forms? Or do you think these are too many forms and variations to keep track of?

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Friday Favorites: Unexpected Endings

Double Jump Kris MiiThis post will contain spoilers on the endings of some games, but said games have already been out for a while now. The oldest game on this list was published in 1998, for example.

This particular Friday I’m sharing a few games that have surprised me, either by giving me deep thoughts or freaking me out, in some way or another with their endings.

Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Okay, so we all know the ending of the game was going to be Zelda and Link teaming up to kick Ganondorf’s ass, and the final battles are always amazing. What I found unexpected about Windwaker’s final battle was the nature of the last attack. Windwaker’s graphics were a cute, cartoon-y style, so to see little Link leap up and embed the Master Sword directly through Ganondorf’s eyes was startling, to say the least. There was no blood or gore, of course, but in a game that has monsters disappear in a puff of smoke after a few smacks, such a violent end to Ganondorf was unexpected.

Pokemon Sun and Moon: Professor Kukui as the Champion

With Sun and Moon revitalizing the formula for the Pokemon games, it wasn’t even certain that there would be the traditional Champion at the end of the game to battle. When we did go through the new Pokemon League, seeing Professor Kukui at the end was a surprise to me. Never before in a Pokemon game have we battled the professors, except for Professor Sycamore in X and Y to obtain a Kanto starter. There’s a glitch in the original Pokemon games’ code to let the player battle Professor Oak, but having the professor as one of the final tests in a game was new to Sun and Moon. I had expected Hau, Gladion, or another story-centered character to be the Champion that we would battle. Having Lillian be the Champion would have been an interesting twist as well!

Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations

The Ace Attorney games are rife with tricks and red herrings, making them some of the most suspenseful games I’ve ever played. When Rachel and I put our heads together during the last, tense courtroom level, we can generally figure out how to nail the final culprit, yet Trials and Tribulations continued to keep us guessing as we puzzled out the answer little by little (and a lot of saving and restarting). The game had characters that could channel spirits, so not all the suspects were even alive! Once we realized who had been the real mastermind behind every connected case of that game, we were shocked.

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Yes, another Zelda game that I felt fitting for this list. At the end of Ocarina of Time, not only is Sheik revealed to be Zelda all along, but she sends Link back to the past to live out the time he had lost. Considering all of the harrowing dangers Link had put himself through to protect Hyrule, I was surprised when I first finished the game to see that he wouldn’t even stay in the peaceful timeline, to help rebuild the land he saved. Now I find the ending bittersweet, especially since he returned to the body of young boy with the memories and nightmares of a young man without his constant fairy companion to boot.

What video games have your favorite endings? Any that particularly moved or frustrated you?

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Who’s That Pokemon?

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Happy Tuesday!

I have some exciting news. Well, I think it’s exciting… even though most people already knew about it and if you didn’t, you probably know about it now.


Marshadow: A new Pokemon

A new mythical Pokemon has been revealed for the Alolan region. Apparently this Pokemon was leaked through the demo of the Pokemon Sun and Moon games, but… honestly, I have never heard of the Pokemon before.

It’s called Marshadow and, according to Serebii, is a fighting/ghost type. I think it’s adorable and I can’t wait to get my hands on one.

Marshadow was revealed in a short 16-second video on My Nintendo News. Apparently, this Pokemon isn’t available in game for Sun and Moon, but there is a way to get it. That way, however, has yet to be revealed. In other news, the whole point of showing off Marshadow was to tease everyone.

Marshadow will apparently have a role in the upcoming Pokemon movie, I Choose You (trailer below). The movie is remake/retelling of the Indigo League, however the latest Pokemon, including Marshadow, are in the movie. In other words, it’s an updated retelling.

I haven’t been keeping up with the Pokemon anime or movies, but this one looks pretty good.

Are you excited for another new Pokemon and movie? What do you think about it? Let me know in the comments below!

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Friday Favorites: Alolan Forms

Double Jump Kris Mii Yay for another Friday! How is everyone doing?

Besides the native Alola Pokemon in Sun and Moon, there are also a handful of Alolan forms of generation one Pokemon, and it’s been interesting to see the difference in designs and types. Based on my own personal tastes, below are my favorite Alolan forms.

4. Raichu

He’s using his tail as a surfboard! How adorable is that?! Overall, I just love the color scheme that’s used in his design, and to give him Psychic as a secondary type just adds to his power.

3. Sandshrew

The Sandshrew-Sandslash line was a stable in my Kanto games, and I was a little put out when it was first announced that it would be changing in the Sun and Moon generation. Ground-types were always one of my favorites, although I have nothing against Ice-types. Still, seeing an iced up Sandshrew in the game, I gave it a go and found him to be cute. To me, his design looks like he has a hood or helmet over his head!

2. Marowak

Marowak is probably one of the most popular Alolan forms from the new games, especially since he was showcased in one of the trials. Changing his typing to part Ghost was a cool move, especially since the majority of us long-time Pokemon gamers first encountered Marowak way back in Lavender Tower as a ghost. Adding the Fire-type gives us a type combination that’s not used too often.

1. Ninetales

Ninetales was always majestic, let’s all be honest here. Her Alolan form just looks more like a queen, especially with the duel Ice- and Fairy-typing! Although I was confused about changing a Fire-type into an Ice-type in a tropical-like region at first, I do like the Alolan Ninetales a lot.

What are some of your favorite Alolan forms?

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Why I Rarely Trade Pokemon

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I found out through Miketendo64 that there’s another Global Mission for Pokemon Sun and Moon. It’s a trading mission and for some reason that got me thinking about something that I thought I would share here.



Apparently this mission is for us to trade Pokemon through the Global Trading System (GTS). I have used the GTS in the past, though not often. I have only really used it if there are certain Pokemon you get only through trade or they were version exclusive and I hadn’t gotten that far on the other game yet.

However, I rarely trade Pokemon. I trade with Kris as we try to help each other out with our Pokedexes, but even then I create duplicates of all my Pokemon. It’s not enough for me to have the Pokedex said I had seen the Pokemon and caught it at one point. I need to have the actual Pokemon in my party or PC.

I feel bad giving away my Pokemon. That’s the main reason I don’t trade. I know they’re virtual, but Pokemon have feelings too. When I send one of them away, I feel like I’m getting rid of it and it makes me sad.

It sounds ridiculous, I know. But, there is a theory out there that makes me feel bad about trading Pokemon.

I tried really hard to find the reason on the Internet because it came from Nintendo themselves, but I couldn’t find the source.

According to Nintendo, some Pokemon evolve when trading because they believe their previous trainer didn’t want them anymore. So they evolve to seem stronger and try to please their trainer. And to me, that’s sad.

So, I try to keep all of my Pokemon if I can. If I have to trade, I breed or catch more.

Yes, I’m crazy. No, I don’t care.

What about you? Do you casually trade Pokemon or do you overthink things like me? Let me know in the comments below!

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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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