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Everything Announced on Thursday’s Nintendo Direct

Everything Announced on Thursday’s Nintendo Direct

Nintendo just dropped a huge Direct on both 3DS and Switch owners. Packed to the brim with content, it has Nintendo heads excited. Fans of almost every genre and series will be pleasantly surprised by all of Thursday’s (3/8/2018) announcements. If you don’t have time to watch the lengthy 34 minute video, here’s all the information Nintendo revealed!

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WarioWare Gold (August 3rd)

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The party game series is getting the same 3DS treatment that Mario Party received late last year! All of the most popular mini games from WarioWare are making their way to Nintendo’s 3DS family of systems.


Dillon’s Dead Heat Breakers (May 24th)

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Dillon, Nintendo’s favorite armadillo, is racing to defend the frontier! Action meets tower defense is the theme of this upcoming title heading to the 3DS.


Mario+Luigi Bowser’s Inside Story+Bowser Jr’s Journey (2019)

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The classic Mario+Luigi title is getting a 3DS makeover! Join the brothers as they try to escape the inside of Bowser’s stomach by controlling not only the duo but the giant angry turtle antagonist as well.


Detective Pikachu (March 23rd)

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Pokemon fans won’t have to wait long to play the wacky Detective Pikachu adventure. Not only did Nintendo reveal a March release date, but they showed off an Amiibo of the hero, Detective Pikachu.


Luigi’s Mansion Remake (2018)

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If you’re over 20 years old and owned a GameCube, you were probably a big fan of Luigi’s Mansion. If you fall into that category, you’ll be excited to hear that a full remake of the game is heading to the 3DS! The game will even include a brand new Boss Rush mode, perfect for fans and newcomers alike.

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Kirby Star Allies: Dream Friends

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Nintendo revealed that the Kirby game releasing out next week will include a Dream Friends mode. The round pink protagonist will be able to take friends from across the series on his journey to save Dreamland!


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Also revealed was that free expansions are coming to Dream Friends. These will include characters that long time fans will remember like the animal buddies from Kirby’s Dream Land 2.


Okami HD (Summer 2018)

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Okami the Wolf has been awakened from her slumber and is headed to the Nintendo Switch! The recent remake of the cult classic is a perfect fit for the portable system and gamers everyone can’t wait to get their hands on it.


Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushito (June 8th)

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Conveyor belt sushi action is headed to the Nintendo Switch. The goal is to eat sushi and throw plates at your enemies to defeat them (there’s probably a better way to handle bad guys). This unique adventure is sure to drive up the sale of sushi around the world.


Octopath Traveler (July 18th)

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Not only were two new travelers revealed for the upcoming JRPG but a release date that’s only a couple months away was shown off as well. This classic take on adventuring is sure to be a time eating delight!


Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes (2018)

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An arcade like version of No More Heroes is making its way to the Switch and it looks like a blast. Travis certainly has a lot of problems but being in good games is not one.


Dark Souls Remastered + Amiibo (May 25th)

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A portable version of Dark Souls?! We were already sold. Now Nintendo is making things even more exciting with the reveal of a brand new Praise the Sun Amiibo.


Mario Tennis Aces (June 22nd)

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Nintendo spent a good amount of time speaking about the ins and outs of the soon to be released Mario Tennis title, but the most important takeaway… CHAIN CHOMP IS A PLAYABLE CHARACTER! Cool courses, crazy characters, and fancy trick shots. This is exciting!


Captain Toad Treasure Tracker (July 13th)

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Everyone’s favorite Toad is exploring the Nintendo Switch! Captain Toad was a hit on the Wii U and he’s sure to make an impression on every owner of Nintendo’s latest console. There will even be a whole host of levels based on Super Mario Odyssey.


Undertale (Eventually)

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Undertale was probably one of the best emotional journeys of 2017 and now Switch owners will all get the chance to play this amazing adventure. Unfortunately, Sans said that the game is coming “eventually” so the world will have to wait a bit longer for an actual release date.


Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy (July 10th)

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This announcement was so wacky Nintendo had to keep assuring people it was real. Believe it or not, Crash Bandicoot is heading to the Switch with his N’ Sane Trilogy. Nintendo fans that haven’t gotten to play the until recently Playstation exclusive finally have their chance!


Little Nightmares: Complete Edition (May 18th)

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The recently released horror indie game finally gets a Switch release date. Fans will be able to play two different adventures in this complete edition of Little Nightmares.


South Park The Fractured But Whole (April 24th)

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Their raunchy, rude, and hysterical! The boys from South Park are going portable in the Switch version of the recently released Fractured But Whole. Fans of the game can also purchase the expansion pass and get all the DLC as well.


Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition (May 18th)

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Hyrule Warriors finally has a hard release date and its only a couple of months away! If you love Zelda and enjoy Dynasty Warriors, definitely don’t miss this Switch exclusive.


Splatoon 2 Version 3.0 and Octo Expansion (Summer 2018)

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The director of Splatoon announced that version 3.0 of the game will be out soon. New maps, weapons, and outfits are all inbound, but the most exciting announcement was the upcoming Octo Expansion that will set fans back $19.99 USD. The expansion will include an entirely new campaign that revolves around an Octoling known as Agent 8. At the end of the adventure, players will be able to play as an Octoling in online battles (FINALLY!).


Super Smash Bros. Switch (2018)

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Last but certainly not least, Nintendo revealed a small teaser trailer for the next Super Smash game. Fighters confirmed so far included Squid Boy and Squid Girl as well as Mario and Link. If you’d like to take our challenge, zoom in on the above picture and let us know what other character silhouettes you can spot in the background. There might be an ARMS character in there! Do you see it?

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Pokemon Ultra Sun/Moon Trailer Reveals Interdimensional Travel

Pokemon Ultra Sun/Moon Trailer Reveals Interdimensional Travel

A new trailer for Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon revealed plenty of new details about the pair of 3DS games. The video offers a deeper look at some of the new features Gamefreak added to the upcoming titles as well as a look at a brand new legendary.

The previously revealed UB-Burst and UB-Assembly are getting a new friend in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon that goes by the codename, UB-Adhesive. This little guy is a mysterious (and adorable) new Poison-type, said to understand humans if it spends enough time around them.

UB-Burst and UB-Assembly Info

The trailer released today revealed some new details about UB-Burst and UB-Assembly. UB-Burst has been revealed as a Fire/Ghost-type that is exclusive to Ultra Sun. It comes packaged with a unique attack called Mind Blown. This move has the horrifying monster remove his head and lob it at the defending Pokemon. UB-Assembly is more of a defensive beast that is a Rock/Steel type and exclusive to Ultra Moon. It was also revealed that the new Ultra Beasts have the same Beast Boost ability held by the previous iterations.

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Ultra Beasts come from another dimension and travel to the Alola region through portals known as Ultra Wormholes. In the two new titles, players will be able to traverse atop Solgaleo or Lunala through these rifts and visit the worlds the Ultra Beasts hail from. The trailer also revealed a dark new world known as Ultra Metalopolis, which Nintendo describes as a city that lost its light to the legendary Necrozma.

The Final Details

The final details revealed by the trailer were on a new mysterious team known as, Ultra Recon Squad, a cast of characters is made up of four trainers. In Ultra Sun, players will encounter Dulse and Zossie while in Ultra Moon, backers will run into Phyco and Soliera. Not much else was revealed on the Ultra Recon Squad but in the trailer, they show up with UB-Adhesive.

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The two new games will be released on November 17th. If you buy the game before January 18th, 2018 you also get your hands on a Rockruff that can evolve into the previously revealed Dusk Form Lycanroc.

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Nintendo Reveals More Details for Pokemon Ultra Sun/Moon

Nintendo Reveals More Details for Pokemon Ultra Sun/Moon

During the most recent Nintendo Direct event the company had plenty of details to share for Pokemon Ultra Sun/Moon, the latest game in the main Pokemon series. The biggest announcement out of the Direct itself was the addition of two new “Ultra Beasts” which are wacky looking creatures from another dimension that took the form of Sun/Moon’s legendaries.

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Details Are Scarce 

Nintendo was sparse on the details for the announcement revealing little other than the code names and pictures for the beasts. The first of the two new Pokemon is UB-Burst, a clown like monster resembling something out of your worst nightmares. Don’t worry, Ultra Moon gets its own monstrosity known as UB-Assembly that is reminiscent of a giant stone tower.

Much like the other Pokemon games third entry, Pokemon Ultra Sun/Moon will focus on the end game Legendary that can be caught. This time around it’s Necrozma and he has a problem with Solgaleo and Lunala not being under his mind control. Fortunately, this means that players will be able to catch new forms of the aforementioned legendaries. In Ultra Sun trainers can catch Dusk Mane Necrozma and in Ultra Moon Dawn Wings Necrozma.

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Wrapping It All Up

To round out their announcements, Nintendo detailed an exclusive move for the preorder bonus Pokemon, Dusk Form Lycanroc. The new Z-Move is known as Splintered Stormshards, this rock type move will be available to all forms of Lycanroc and can eliminate terrain as well as inflict damage. To secure this new Pokemon players will have to preorder Pokemon Ultra Sun/Moon before January 10th to get a special Rockruff that will evolve into Dusk Form Lycanroc.

Pokemon Ultra Sun/Moon releases on November 17th for the Nintendo 3DS. Players who also purchase the virtual console edition of Pokemon Gold/Silver will receive a special edition as a free gift for their copy of Pokemon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, or Ultra Moon.

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Pokken Tournament DX Gameplay on YouTube

Pokken Tournament DX Gameplay on YouTube

Pokken Tournament DX offers something many games cannot, full blown 1v1 pokemon battles. Forget the old way of training your pokemon, Pokken Tournament DX, pokemon, gaming, fighting games, nintendo, nintendo switch, switch, video games, gigamax, gigamax gamesPokken Tournament DX takes it to an entirely new level. Developed by Bandai Namco Entertainment, known for the Tekken series, they created a Tekken like pokemon fighter and it’s a blast to play.

A Dream Come True

The pokemon use real moves from the games and series and the animations are impeccable. This playlist opens up with the Demo of the Switch version of Pokken Tournament DX. Already released for the WiiU, Nintendo wanted to create an entirely new version of the game for their new system. Even though this shows they want to deliver something even better to the gamers, it’s a little unfortunate because they’re forced to wait until the new version is released for a chance to play.

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More to Come!

Be sure to keep checking back with the Gigamax playlist of Pokken Tournament DX. Gigs and Mack will continue to revisit this exciting fighter and of course battle against each other to see who would have been the best pokemon. Forget about becoming the best pokemon trainer the world has ever known, now it’s about being the best actual pokemon and the Gigamax crew couldn’t be more excited.

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Ash Hat Pikachu Coming Soon… To Japan

That’s One Good Looking Pikachu

After the massive Pokemon Sun and Moon data mine leak last year, players have been anticipating the release of one popular discovery. One of the many creatures hidden in the data was a Pikachu wearing Ash Ketchum’s (main character of the anime) iconic hat. No information on this stylish character was available until the recent announcement by the Japanese publication CoroCoro.

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The Japanese gaming magazine revealed that players who pre order tickets to the upcoming Pokemon movie will receive a code for the new twist on the iconic electric mouse. There are 6 in total and a different Pikachu will be given out every couple of weeks. Each wears a hat from the various seasons of the anime, starting with the first (and best) Johto region, ending with the hat from Sun and Moon.

Recently, the popular character showed off its love of hats in the recent cell phone app, Pokemon Go. Niantic celebrated Pokemon’s 20th anniversary by giving wild Pikachu a festive party hat. The same thing was done over Christmas of 2016 but instead of a party hat it was given a Santa hat.

So Many Volts

Players will also be happy to find out that along with the Pokemon, they will also receive a new Z-Crystal that works in conjunction with the pocket monster. The crystal is Pikashumium and it gives access to the move 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt, a buffed up version of one of the most iconic moves in the game.

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This news only has one downside, there is no word on a western release for the hat wearing Pokemon or the movie it’s associated with. The movie in question is called, “I Choose You” and will be the 20th movie in the Pokemon Feature Film Franchise. It will retell the story of the anime’s first few episodes. The movie will be hitting Japanese theaters on  July 15th.

If you want a slap of nostalgia, watch the trailer for “I Choose You” below and don’t forget to keep checking back with Gigamax Games for all the latest in industry news and updates!

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Top 10 Most Outstanding Games of 2016 | GIGAMAX

2016 was a beautiful year for videogames, many highly anticipated titles were released as well as some hidden gems. It seemed as though every week had a big title come out, in fact with so many releases it can become very hard to keep up with the hits and the misses. Here at Gigamax Games we believe that a good game is comprised of many different aspects. Each game is a work of art and has its own personality. Trying to select only 10 that stood out to us this year was a difficult task, but overall it was a fun look back and we had to nitpick to find the best of the best. So without any more ranting, here are our favorite games of 2016.

XCOM 2

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This top down tactical RPG was a breath of fresh air for real time strategy fans. The popularity of the first game left big shoes to fill and this game certainly filled them. From the start, it is established that you will not be fighting with the same strategies used in the first. XCOM 2 makes the player think like a guerrilla fighter facing an enemy much stronger than themselves and with far greater numbers. With a non-optional permadeath feature, creativity and quick decision making is essential. We love this game because it doesn’t hold your hand and rewards careful planning and patience in a way that is rare in today’s market.


Far Cry Primal

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It is rare to see a first-person game deviate from being just another shooter. Far Cry Primal doesn’t just stray from the path, it walks all the way back to the stone age. 10,000 B.C. was a big one for mankind and Ubisoft throws you right in the middle of it. The player takes control of a caveman trying to get revenge for a tribe that has taken him in. This game stood out because it made the bold move of taking a semi-realistic look at life in Mesolithic Era and relied heavily on melee combat. It did not stray from the Far Cry formula but ultimately the unique location and plot made this game stand out.


DOOM

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A beloved series that has stood the test of time, DOOM got a reboot this year and it was spectacular. Slaying demons has never felt so right and this game makes sure the carnage never stops. Many fans were nervous when the reboot was announced and rightfully so. This action staple has been around since the early 90’s and is beloved by many. To everyone’s delight DOOM managed to maintain a retro feel for series veterans while also making adjustments in all the right places for newcomers. A first-person shooter with non-regenerative health and guns you don’t reload is an almost extinct style. This game stood out by daring to challenge the genre norms and restored confidence in developers that the classic FPS feel is still a viable option.


Dark Souls 3

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Difficult games have a niche following that typically won’t reach very far. Dark Souls 3 tears down that barrier,almost as well as it destroys a gamers free time. This game is an infamous term in the gaming industry, even those that aren’t enthusiasts have heard of the series and that its insane difficulty. Dark Souls 3 managed to live up its name and upped the difficulty even higher. Most impressive this time around was the amount of casual gamers it got to attempt the unforgiving challenge. This game makes the list because it not only built a beautifully obscure world, but it managed to welcome a ton of newcomers while also being as unwelcoming as possible, and that’s fascinating.


Overwatch

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A multiplayer hero based shooter with a ton of character and characters. Overwatch was an instant hit, taking the competitive gaming scene by storm and establishing itself as the new standard for a multiplayer game. Critically this game did amazing and it deserved the recognition. Blizzard managed to combine teamwork, hectic gameplay and an interesting world in a package that appeals to casual and hardcore gamers. They continued to impress by supporting the game after launch with a ton of free content which shows no signs of stopping. Overwatch makes the list because of Blizzard’s unrelenting stream of free content updates as well as the awesome fast paced gameplay.


Abzu

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Not every game needs to be about murdering someone, some games can build a beautiful world and let the player enjoy a wonderful story without combat. Abzu starts you as a lone diver in the middle of a vast ocean,and throughout the course of the game it becomes so much more than that. As you swim through the story, interacting with marine life big and small, you learn a lot about the world without so much as a word spoken. The player is simply tasked with making it to the end and is never forced forward leaving plenty of time to get lost in its gorgeous setting. Abzu stands out because it manages to get you emotionally invested in a world that has no dialogue and offers an experience for those who love to game but need a break from the violence typically associated with the industry.  


Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

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The last entry in a series that almost every playstation owner has experienced. Uncharted 4 was an amazing end to Nathan Drake’s story and wrapped it up before growing stale. Huge set pieces and hectic firefights constantly appear and unexpected twists keep the story interesting. Drake has the most to lose this time around, this can be felt throughout the game. Situations that old Nathan would’ve run into with a smile are now faced with hesitance. This is why the game resonated with us, it tells a relatable story about growing up and taking responsibility for your actions. Uncharted 4 successfully finished Nate’s story while simultaneously making him a more relatable character with real world problems.


Pokemon Sun & Moon

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Sun and Moon were one of the most anticipated games to come out this year. This time around Game Freak went to great lengths to appeal to both old fans and newcomers. Removing a ton of the convoluted systems from the series, Sun and Moon is still Pokemon at it’s core and that’s a good thing. Gone are the days of HM mules, confusing pc’s and weakness memorizing. All of those common inconveniences have been overhauled to make a streamlined experience. Newcomers will find the game accessible and veterans will be surprised by the copious amount of references to the first game. Pokemon Sun and Moon makes the list because it shows that the developers are listening to the fans and are finally willing to start making changes that have been asked for since Red and Blue version.


Battlefield 1

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World War 1 was a devastating time in history that changed the world. This monumental event is rarely covered in games but something tells me that is going to change. Battlefield 1 dared to be different this year. While other first-person shooter developers were making space combat games, Dice went back in time. It felt amazing to finally play a competitive shooter without wall running as this game relies on your marksmanship and survival instincts. Online battles are intense and require teamwork to come out on top. Destructible cover makes the battlefield feel alive and every bomb, bullet, and vehicle transforms the landscape a little more. The campaign also does a great job of educating players on the different sides of the war. Told through a series of vignettes, players take control of different soldiers spread out in the various conflicts that made up the Great War. Battlefield 1 makes the list because it took a risk in a market that was pointing toward the future and moved it forward by going to the past.


Final Fantasy XV

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2016 saw a ton of amazing games come out but none struck us quite as well as Final Fantasy XV. 10 years in the making Square Enix finally delivered and it was certainly worth the wait. It starts out as a simple journey but turns into a quest of friendship, love, and redemption. From the moment you meet the main characters it is obvious they all have very unique personalities. Before long you’ve become emotionally invested in their story, each character has a ton of dialogue and will remark on almost every situation. The new battle system is flashy and keeps the player engaged, while the open world immerses you even further. Our playthrough was quick and even that took 40 hours, with plenty of side quests ignored their, is easily another 30 hours in the game. Final Fantasy XV is our game of the year because of how quickly it captivated us. The minute we picked up the controller stopping wasn’t an option. It is rare to see a game make you care so deeply about a group of virtual people. This game is going to become a cornerstone of the FF series, right next to VII, and will always be a Gigamax favorite.

Pokemon Sun & Moon: Gigamax Review

The Time Has Come

The Pokemon series has changed quite a bit since the launch of Red and Blue 20 years ago. Each new iteration brought with it new gameplay mechanics that changed the game ever so slightly. It is no surprise then that Sun and Moon brought a host of new changes but this time they are much more dramatic. These two new versions are an excellent adventure that manage to retain the Pokemon charm that we all know and love, while at the same time adding features that have been long sought after.

Your journey begins with the series staple, new child moving to a region that players have never seen before. This time you’re brought to Alola region, an obvious representation of Hawaii that does it’s best to charm trainers with it’s tropical feel. The game does a lot to get you in the island spirit, this is accomplished through a refreshing soundtrack, beautiful aesthetics and visuals that set a new bar for the Pokemon series. The region feels much bigger this time around and that is in part due to it being split into four islands. These islands have substantial space and contain their own collection of pocket monsters to collect. While the locale feels different than any other previous game, it is still largely the same.

Players will still find themselves running through tall grass and hopping over one-way ledges. This seems to be the trend with Sun and Moon as aspects of the game feel very different but are fundamentally the same. Battles are still turn based, rock-paper-scissors style fights with Pokemon of varying types fighting for the win. Leveling your monsters is still a satisfying grind and seeing your team evolve feels better than ever. Those are all pieces of the game that are important to the series, risks were not taken with this release and that is not necessarily a bad thing.

Big Changes

The big changes in Sun and Moon are very welcomed. Gone are the days of the “HM mule”, with Hidden Machines being entirely removed from the game. These are replaced with the ability to summon rideable pokemon that will accomplish the same tasks as these pesky moves did. The PC was changed so you don’t need to click through a complex menu system any longer. Boot up the PC and the organize screen is right in front of you. Some of the changes make the game a little too easy, such as the pokemon grooming which can remove any status effect on the fly. There also seems to be so many more NPC’s that will heal your pokemon during difficult sections.

The new collection of Pokemon looks and feels great. Around 70 new critters were added to the roster and each of them feels relatively unique. New abilities have been added to most of them and Game Freak even changed some of the beloved pokemon from the original series to fit the new region. Alolan forms of old Pokemon make what could’ve felt like laziness, into a refreshing take on something old time fans will definitely appreciate. The monsters themselves feel more alive than ever and the game offers more ways to interact with them than ever before.

Overall Sun and Moon is a fantastic entry in the Pokemon series. I would recommend this game to old trainers as well as those choosing their first starter. Game Freak has changed some key things that needed addressing but fundamentally it remains a Pokemon game. I’m looking forward to playing both the games and building way more teams than any trainer could need.

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