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Individual Values: A Pokemon Feature - Week 66: Aloha, Alola


Jonathan Higgins

Welcome to the sixty-sixth 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.

 

Now is your chance to grab Darkrai at participating GameStop stores. The last day to do so is May 24th. 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! And hey, if you're reading this on the day it's published, you can grab a Shiny Xerneas from the Nintendo Network with your copy of XY/ORAS.

 

 

 

 

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Aloha, Alola!

 

 

I had a Pokémon Snap-related feature ready to go for this week, but then The Pokémon Company decided to have E3 come a month early--likely because Zelda won“t share much of the stage in Los Angeles. For those of you who haven“t heard, or who want to hear it again--this is the part where I say Aloha to Alola, the newest region in the world of Pokémon. We“ll get a chance to explore it for ourselves in Pokémon Sun & Moon when they release on November 18th, 2016 in most parts of the world. I have many things to say about both new trailers--the English and Japanese ones, that is--which you can see below.

 

 

 

 

 

Let“s get the big part out of the way. The new starter Pokémon of the Alola region are Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio. Rowlet is a Grass Quill Pokémon that can attack without making a sound--it“s an owl with a bowtie. Litten is a logical, but also passionate...Fire Cat that has Ember hairballs. And Popplio is a Sea Lion Pokémon that can...snort out bubble attacks. Check out the official artwork of these new starters by clicking on their corresponding links there. I honestly haven“t been this wholly satisfied by the new set of Pokémon starters since seeing Johto“s for the first time. All three seem to be brimming with personality, which both the official art and even the footage we see in the Japanese trailer seem to highlight. I“ll be very surprised if my fiancédoesn“t end up with Rowlet as her starter, but me? I genuinely can“t decide. This may be the first time in a very long while that I wait until release day to make my Big Decision.

 

Okay, now for the other big part: The English trailer and box arts both reveal two brand new Legendary Pokémon, which don“t have official names just yet. Pokémon Sun boasts a white lion very similar in appearance to Entei, while Pokémon Moon has a lunar bat whose closed wings form a complete circle that kind of reminds me of a clock. There“s a lot to love about both--they join the three starters, Magearna, and the two “wire-frame Pokémon” as the first handful of brand new Pokémon ushering in what is now unmistakably 7th Gen. Here“s an interesting thread about the subtle nods The Pokémon Company has made to more than one generation of Pokémon on specific hardware.

 

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Now then. There“s definitely talk of there being more to Alola than meets the eye...e.g. more than what the trailer has shown so far, which seems rather tiny in comparison to other regions. Here“s one school of thought that paints Alola as being several islands, like Hawaii itself. I, for one, think that the reason the trailer seems to have this obsession with showing just the southern parts of the region, hiding the rest behind mountains and clever camera angles, is because Alola is directly connected to Kalos, as discussed here. Only time will tell if one or both schools of thought are right, though. If 6th and 7th Gen are directly connected like Kanto and Johto, will it be a surprise revealed in the game, or will Game Freak heavily market it? It“s going to be interesting to watch this unfold.

 

The Japanese trailer is so much more sentimental than the English one. It feels more like a natural extension of the

that focuses on our own personal connections to the world of Pokémon and the real one. Here“s some things of note: 1) The Japanese trailer is listed as “#1”, so this is probably a “real life journey” that will continue a few more times until the game releases. And 2) There are a bunch more CoroCoro issues coming before the game“s release, and arguably no major Pokémon presence at E3, so...information could come a few more times, just like it did today. I know there are people out there who play differently than I do--but I“d honestly prefer to know as little about these games as possible, going in. I hope they keep new information to a minimum! And hey, here“s one last thing. Could the more sentimental Japanese trailer be hiding allusions to the new games, like the Super Bowl ad did?

 

That settles it. The first major bit of news for Pokémon Sun & Moon is behind us. Have you decided which version you“re going to get based on its Legendary Pokémon alone? Which starter are you the most excited about? Be sure to let us know!

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