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Individual Values: A Pokemon Feature - Week 58: The Golden Sun/Moon Rises

Jonathan Higgins

Welcome to the fifty-eighth week of my Pokémon feature here on Game Podunk! In case you missed the last one, check it out! Stay tuned for future entries coming every Friday.


Celebi is next up in the big Mythical Pokémon Distribution train, starting in March! For now, if you want to grab the plush from your local Toys R Us, you can. Stock has already sold out online, so act fast! Every single Mythical Pokémon will be distributed during a specific month for the remainder of this year. Now may be your only chance for a really long time, to actually catch them all!






The Golden Sun/Moon Rises


Early this morning on the [uS] East Coast, and at exactly midnight on “Pokémon Day” in Japan, the world was treated to a brand new

. The trademarks being found the day before may have spoiled the surprise for many, but 'This Guy' couldn“t be happier with the fact that Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are coming to the Nintendo 3DS family of systems this holiday season.


The Direct itself wasn“t a trailer for the game showcasing starters and stuff, like the XY Reveal in 2013. More than anything, I“d call it a celebration of Pokémon Day as a whole, with references to how far we“ve come in terms of technology, and the occasional juicy tidbit. More on that in a second.


First of all, though, if I can put on my Speculation Hat: I think Pokémon S/M will answer the call to both the “Pokémon Z” crowd and the ones ready for the 7th Generation. Take a look at this. I“m interested to see if whatever New Region S/M takes place in is directly underneath Kalos... and connected to it.


Wouldn“t it be the ultimate Anniversary Game if it took on the same philosophy as the runaway favorites Gold, Silver & Crystal with connected regions, connected stories, and the possibility for 16 badges and a fight with your former self at the end?




If the New Region is connected to Kalos, I think Sun and Moon could address both the folks who wanted a 7th Generation and the “Pokémon Z” crowd. What if, after defeating the Elite 4 of the New Place, you unlocked the Zeta Episode that followed along the same lines as ORAS“s Delta, but took place in Kalos? But... speculation is just that.


The only thing we know about the new games...is that we know painfully little. There were shadows of new Pokémon seen in the various bits of concept art, I think. We weren“t shown any starters, or given any real indication of what gameplay was like. Heck, it was only heavily implied that S/M was even “7th Gen” in the Direct. Jason and I have argued for eons about whether or not it“d be 7th Gen or “Z”. I think it“s hilarious that the big Sun/Moon reveal wasn“t even necessarily an absolute confirmation, at first. The official website, however, confirms it as a “new adventure in a new world with new Pokémon”. 7th Gen it is.


I think both “sides” will get what they want, though. The seventh generation games will be heavily involved with Kalos and the new formes of Zygarde --possibly relegated to the postgame. That“s my theory, based on the speculation provided above. But... nothing is confirmed, nor will it be until at least E3, I imagine.




BUT HOLY TOLEDO, DO YOU KNOW WHAT IS CONFIRMED? The digital copies of Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow available on the eShop tomorrow in the US… will be compatible with Sun/Moon via Pokémon Bank. That is freaking crazy! It totally provides a whole new kind of incentive to go back and play the old games again. But it also begs the question --


If the Mew glitch and MissingNo are both still in the game... will they also be transferrable, or no? I think it would be hilarious if Game Freak somehow made MissingNo canon in S/M. But now I“m just dreaming~ Oh, one last thing that made me really excited, unrelated to the Direct. The Pikachu“s Beach minigame found in Pokémon Yellow (which required either Pokémon Stadium or a cheat device to teach your Pikachu Surf) is intact and playable in the eShop release of the game -- without the need for the move itself. Nice!


It seems the new era of Pokémon is finally on the horizon. How do you feel about the Direct as a whole? Will you be getting the eShop releases of Red, Blue, and Yellow, or celebrating Pokémon Day in some other way? Be sure to share!


Oh, and I would be remissed if I didn“t publicly link to this.


...One more interesting thing. When I grabbed an official logo file to use in this very piece, the text referred to "niji-en". Niji translates to "Rainbow", lending some credence to

I've always dismissed as false, outright. It's been a really interesting morning.
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