Pokemon Sun and Moon Officially Announced, Coming to 3DS Late 2016


Nintendo has officially announced Pokemon Sun and Moon for the 3DS. The seventh generation of the twenty-year-old game series will be out late this year. Sun and Moon will be the biggest entries since the release of Pokemon X and Y in 2013.

Nintendo has finally announced the newest games in the perennial Pokemon series, confirming yesterday’s rumors. This announcement comes only one day before the official twentieth anniversary.

The details regarding Sun and Moon are certainly lacking. The teaser trailer elucidates precious little. The tentative release window (Holiday 2016), a few snippets of concept art and the titles of the new Pokemon pair are all we have to go on at the moment. According to Pokemon’s website, Sun and Moon will be the first games that allow the player to choose from nine different languages, including Traditional and Simplified Chinese. No word on the new region or version-specific legendaries as of yet.

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Games we can also expect from The Pokemon Company this year: the arcade-style brawler Pokken Tournament on Wii U, the digital re-releases of the original Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow on the 3DS, and the augmented-reality Pokemon Go for iOS and Android devices.

For fans looking to celebrate the Sun and Moon’s unveiling (and Pokemon’s official twentieth anniversary), and happen to be in the Los Angeles area, a little soiree is planned in order to christen the new Pokemon Boutique arriving at Japan LA.

Thanks for reading! What do you think about the teaser trailer of Pokemon Sun and Moon? Tell me in the comments!

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  • Kristel

    Oh my gosh, you were right! I’m so glad they’re making an actual release for their anniversary! Haha I guess the Super Bowl commercial makes a bit more sense now with Pokemon Go. This is so exciting!

    If this is the closest I can get to virtual reality Pokemon, I have to say I’ll take it. (Is it too much to hope Pokemon Go will be free?)

    As for Sun and Moon – I’m hyped! Could the references mean anything for the game? I heard that this generation will let you pick a Pokemon to stay out of your party, like they did for Soul Silver. I wonder what else is new/nostalgic.

    As for Pokken, I’m not really sure what to think. I’d love to really watch Pokemon battle (finally!) instead of just assuming what the moves look like. Even the show didn’t do much for us in that regard. But I guess you’re your own Pokemon? I’m not sure.

    Either way, I can’t wait to try out these games!

    • GameBlogGirl

      You are right to hope that! Pokemon Go will be free to play (and I believe there will be in-app purchases — for what, I’m not sure). Additionally, Nintendo will be releasing a Pokemon Go Plus device alongside the app (the little Pokeball device featured in the game trailer). Pokemon Go Plus will be a Bluetooth device that alerts you when Pokemon are nearby.

      I really do wonder what Sun and Moon reference…. I really love the titles though! So cool that we’re getting these this year!

      Pokken seems to be a typical fighting game with a Pokemon paint job, but it’s possible that it’ll be fun. Xenoverse was definitely a surprise. Pokken could be a similar case. We’ll just have to wait and see. 🙂

      • Kristel

        Thats a good point – I definitely didn’t expect Xenoerse to be as fun as it was. And honestly, I would still love a Pokemon-painted fighting game.

        Haha, I hate how they know how to get you for the money! But of course, having a little pokeball to catch virtual Pokemon sounds like way too much fun >> I’m sold (unfortunately). It’s just too cute an idea! I guess that’s why they make the software free.

  • Trisha Miller

    Hi there!

    Sorry I couldn’t find a way to email you directly. I am so flippin’ excited for Sun and Moon! I’m re-playing White as we speak 🙂 I’d like to chat with you about writing an article for your site.

    I’ve been tossing around the idea of “Is Video Game Addiction Real?”. As a gamer, I am obviously on the side of video games. However, I’d like to bring light to the fact that any rewarding experience can technically become “addictive”. Is that something you’d be interested in?

    Let me know your thoughts when you have a moment. If I don’t hear back from you in a couple days I’ll make sure to check in.

    Thanks for your time,

    Trisha — thatdangvegan@gmail.com

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