[E3] Pokémon Sun & Moon Showcased at Nintendo’s Treehouse Live Event

As a precursor to Nintendo’s all-day The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild live stream, Nintendo and Game Freak showcased Pokémon Sun and Moon, the latest in the Pokemon series.

Producer Junichi Masuda stated why the games were titled “Sun and Moon,” saying how, “the sun is the source of all life on this planet, [which is the] same way in the Pokémon world, and the moon also affects all life as well. With this game, we wanted to express the importance of all life and a region teeming with life [in Pokémon Sun and Moon]. ”

Along with discussing the importance of the game’s title, Masuda also talked about the game’s legendary Pokémon, Solgaleo and Lunala. Masuda said, “Solgaleo and Lunala are the embassies of the sun and the moon respectively, and these two legendary Pokémon will tie into the story in a unique way.”

Battles also were demonstrated in the live stream, showing how both you and the opposing trainer will be visible and animated during all battles. Pokemon Sun and Moon also will feature “amazing battle spaces,” which can have crowds of people watching you fight other trainers.

The live stream also demonstrated how the Pokédex works, and new ways to encourage all players to fill up their Pokédex. Game Freak has added a giant splash-screen saying that your newly caught Pokémon is registered to the Pokédex; this screen will also show a white Pokéball next to your new Pokémon, insinuating that there is an evolution or a complimenting Pokémon you have yet to capture.

Nintendo also showed two brand new Pokémon during the live stream: Pikipek, a new flying-type Pokémon, and Yungoos, a normal-type Pokémon.

At the end of the Pokémon segment, Nintendo showcased “Battle Royal,” a brand new multiplayer battle mode.

Battle Royal is a four-player free-for-all battle mode where the goal is to deal as much damage and gain as much points as possible before the first trainer falls. Masuda discusses how this mode can bring different battle strategies to battles, as players will have to decide who to gang up on, as well as how to extend the battle to rack up as much points as possible.

Pokémon Sun and Moon marks Pokemon’s 20th anniversary, and will be released worldwide on November 18, 2016.

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Trevor Zyla

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