During the latest Nintendo Direct, The Pokémon Company surprised everyone by announcing Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon. This pair of brand new games are coming exclusively to the Nintendo 3DS family on November 17, 2017. Set in the Alola region, Ultra Sun and Moon will tell an alternate story to that of the main Pokémon Sun and Moon games, featuring new Pokémon and features.
But did you miss anything in the very first Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon trailer?
We’ve watched it over and over again – along with the slightly longer version included in the Nintendo Direct itself – so you don’t have to, and there are six major things to take note of ahead of release.
There are new versions of the Sun and Moon Legendary Pokémon
Okay this is the biggest thing about the entire reveal is that the games will feature different versions of the Pokémon Sun and Moon Legendary Pokémon – Solgaleo and Lunala. You get a quick glimpse of them in the Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon trailer, which showed they’ve gained some additional dark armour that’s reminiscent of Necrozma – one of the Ultra Beasts. The above image is the high-resolution versions of the pair released by The Pokémon Company, which shows off
Here’s what they looked like in Pokémon Sun and Moon, with Solgaleo on the left and Lunala on the right:
Pokémon may be able to follow you around
One of the best things about Pokémon Yellow originally, and then later in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, was that your Poké pals could follow you around, rather than just being stuck in their pokéballs. Well, it may well be that this feature is coming to Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon too.
In the trailer, you can clearly see a Wingull following the hero around as he runs from his home in Alola, which has made us incredibly excited for an exclusive Ultra Sun and Moon feature.
The idea is supported by the discovery of unused walking animations for all the Pokémon in Sun and Moon back in December, which suggests a companion feature has been built into the game all along but will only feature in these new games, as suggested by the Ultra Sun and Moon trailer.
The Pikachu Clubhouse is the real deal
We’re not usually massive fans of trailers, but this Pikachu-themed caravan is definitely ticking some FANDOM boxes. The adorable little home is surrounded by chattering, sleeping and playing Pikachu, which makes us think there’s some special Pikachu fanclub going on.
There is that lady in Pokémon Sun and Moon who you meet in Konikoni City surrounded by Pikachu, who eventually gives you the Pikanium Z to unlock Pikachu’s Z-Power, Catastopika.
Perhaps that lady could be taking a larger part in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon and this is her glorious home.
Pokémon isn’t hitting the Switch yet, but it’s getting a cameo
The Pokémon Company only announced Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon for the 3DS family during the Nintendo Direct, but that hasn’t stopped the Switch from making a cheeky appearance anyway.
In one shot during the Nintendo Direct when The Pokémon Company was showing off Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, they show off the pair of heroes and the shot pans to show the Switch sitting next to the TV.
Pokémon Company, stop teasing us.
But what’s with that Z-Move?
Or is it more of a foreshadowing? Not only did the Nintendo Switch appear on the press site listing for Ultra Sun and Moon platforms (which was later called a ‘clerical error’ by the company), but there’s something strange going on with the Z-Move shown off during the Nintendo Direct itself.
All of the footage shown off of Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon is very much in 3DS graphic quality, until the Z-Move is shown off. It’s at that point that the graphics switch to HD quality and it could be that this is taken from the Switch version of Ultra Sun and Moon.
It’s nothing concrete, but it definitely stands out and makes us very excited indeed.
There may be some connection to Pokémon Gold and Silver
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OK, so we said that there are five things to note from the Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon trailer, which is true. But there’s something lukring in hte trailer for the Virtual Console releases of Pokémon Gold and Silver that’s worth noting, as spotted by Twitter user Garrett.
Written on the ruin walls in the section of the trailer that talks about how you will “uncover the mysteries of the Johto region”, Ultra Sun Moon can be seen written in Unknown, which are the Pokémon from Pokémon Gold and Silver that take on the appearance of the alphabet.
Coincidence? We think not.
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon are coming exclusively to the Nintendo 3DS family on November 17, 2017.