Pokemon Sun 3DS

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  • Summary: Using Pokemon Bank, you'll be able to transfer Pokemon you've caught in the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console versions of Pokemon Red, Pokemon Blue, and Pokemon Yellow into your copy of Pokemon Sun or Pokemon Moon. Pokemon from Pokemon Omega Ruby, Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon X, and Pokemon YUsing Pokemon Bank, you'll be able to transfer Pokemon you've caught in the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console versions of Pokemon Red, Pokemon Blue, and Pokemon Yellow into your copy of Pokemon Sun or Pokemon Moon. Pokemon from Pokemon Omega Ruby, Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon X, and Pokemon Y can also be brought into Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon in the same way. Expand
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  1. Positive: 81 out of 83
  2. Negative: 0 out of 83
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jan 12, 2017
    100
    Trip to Hawaii after twenty years was a great move, which shows that even after so long time there is still will to make quality games and offer new experiences. The new Pokémon game doesn´t need to worry for the players’ attention at all. The new game can entertain for the countless hours. [Issue #270]
  2. Nov 15, 2016
    95
    Pokémon Sun and Moon are filled with so much you’ll be absorbed in every facet from the moment you begin.
  3. Nov 15, 2016
    90
    Pokémon Sun is simply amazing. Alola is beautiful and offers a balanced mix between old and new Pokémon. The many new features help keep the gameplay fresh and there's no need for HM slaves anymore.
  4. Nov 15, 2016
    90
    The result is a vibrant, energetic game in a manner Pokemon hasn't managed since Gold & Silver. Sun & Moon have clearly been made with a love and reverence for the series' past but also, crucially, with an eye on evolution. It's all the better for it.
  5. Nov 30, 2016
    90
    Pokémon has been a classic series for twenty years and with 2016 being its 20th, Pokémon Sun and Moon is a perfect way to celebrate such a milestone. It still holds all the charm and fun from the original titles yet creates an entire new world to explore. It’s a must-have for fans and a worthy place to begin for newcomers. The future of the Pokémon series shines bright like Pokémon Sun and beautiful like Pokémon Moon.
  6. Nov 15, 2016
    85
    The newest pair of games prove that the series is ready and able to make big changes without sacrificing that original spirit. Without the heaps of content of series-defining entries like Red, Silver and X, Sun and Moon don't quite stand as endlessly replayable classics, but they're a wonderful testament to why Pokémon is still so special all these years later.
  7. Nov 18, 2016
    60
    It is not the blow-away game of 2016, nor does it seem to have the staying power of Ruby and Sapphire, but it’s enjoyable. Pokémon games are their own beasts, and hopefully Sun and Moon is a show of further changes and things to come for the franchise.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 96
  2. Negative: 27 out of 96
  1. Dec 3, 2016
    10
    At first I was kind of iffy on the game because of the long start but the graphics are really incredible and the atmosphere of the game isAt first I was kind of iffy on the game because of the long start but the graphics are really incredible and the atmosphere of the game is more how I imagined it to be when I was little, friendly. So for that I think its a great pick up and wonderful game for long time Pokemon Caretaking. Expand
  2. Nov 21, 2016
    10
    I thought this game was great, some things were kinda annoying like the cutscenes but they're interesting to watch the first time through, theI thought this game was great, some things were kinda annoying like the cutscenes but they're interesting to watch the first time through, the story is pretty darn good in my opinion, some of the alolan form Pokemon are just bad but that's fine, getting rid of gyms and adding trials and kahuna battles was an excellent replacement for gyms, this is a great Pokemon game that's not afraid to try something different. Expand
  3. Nov 18, 2016
    10
    Pokemon Sun shines brighter than any predecessor in the Pokemon franchise. The graphics are fresh and lush. The story is entertaining. AbovePokemon Sun shines brighter than any predecessor in the Pokemon franchise. The graphics are fresh and lush. The story is entertaining. Above all, it's the most lively Pokemon adventure yet. Expand
  4. Nov 23, 2016
    8
    Pokemon Sun is a great game to start off with for new Pokemon fans, but doesn't bring too much to the table for experienced pokemon trainers.Pokemon Sun is a great game to start off with for new Pokemon fans, but doesn't bring too much to the table for experienced pokemon trainers.

    Let's start with a quick look at the pros and cons.

    Pros:
    -Amazing graphics and animations for a Pokemon title
    -Features are more refined and user friendly
    -Map on lower screen makes it easy to find your next objective
    -New 'Alolan Form' Pokemon bring back some fan favorites
    -'Z-Move' mechanic adds a new layer to movesets
    -Unique puzzles take the place of the battle-heavy gym system
    -'Poke pelago' allows pokemon in your PC to be productive
    -EXCELLENT soundtrack for boss/rival/legendary battles

    Cons:
    -Very, VERY linear story: No freedom to explore
    -Incredibly predicatble plot twists
    -Vague and sometimes nonsensical storyline
    -Limited post-game content
    -Pokemon cannot be transferred from old games until January
    -Only a few new pokemon are added
    -Many, MANY pointless loadscreens and cutaways
    -Unskippable cutscenes (Some of which are 5+ minutes)
    -Lengthy and dull tutorial that can't be skipped
    -Multiplayer features are buried behind the new 'Festival Plaza'
    -Communication features limited (no more typed out messages or shoutouts)
    -Main Rival (AKA 'Edgelord Supreme') has very little screen time
    -Pokedex talks too much (Yes, it TALKS now)
    -You can't even buy Black Jeans if you're playing Sun >:(

    Overall, this game was worth the money spent. For only $40 USD, I got about 30 hours out of the storyline, and I'm up to 50 and counting now that I'm building up my usual competetive teams. However, the story was somewhat lacking, and there is very little postgame content to play through if you aren't a hardcore player. If you don't intend to play competetive multiplayer, complete the pokedex, or complete some other obscure long term goal, this game will most likely only last you 30-40 hours before you move on.

    For multiplayer fans, the replacement of the PSS (Player Search System) will hit you rather hard. Instead of having the ability to have a short, typed message displaying what you are looking for or whether or no you'd like to battle, you must choose from vague, unhelpful preset phrases along the lines of "Willing to trade any time!" You will no longer be able to tell the world that you need a level 97 female Alolan Ninetales with 5 perfect IV's, Moonblast, and its hidden ability. Not only that, but you won't even be able to USE the multiplayer features until you complete a few completely unrelated tasks in the festival plaza, which many people haven't even located in their menus in the first place. These barriers make it seem almost like Game Freak didn't want people to interact with the multiplayer menus, and leave us wondering why they even opted to get rid of the brilliant PSS system in the first place.

    Final verdict: New pokemon players will find this to be a great introduction to the Pokemon games, and hardcore players will enjoy some of the new battle systems and Pokemon. However, if you're a casual Pokemon player that's just in it for the story, and you want something more along the lines of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire in terms of content, you're going to want to pass on this one.

    8.5/10 (from a hardcore player's perspective)

    9/10 (from a new player's perspective)

    6.5/10 (from a casual player's perspective)
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  5. Nov 19, 2016
    7
    Its a good game so far, imo. but from wht ive been hearing from ppl tht the load times are long and Double battles hav framerate drops. If IIts a good game so far, imo. but from wht ive been hearing from ppl tht the load times are long and Double battles hav framerate drops. If I remember right, I read somewhere a couple of days ago tht the game is best played on a New 3DS. And I hav one, so far I have rarely seen a single framerate drop and the load times are about 3 seconds long, sometimes less. It looks like we're hitting the point where games are being demanding enough to where u will actually need a New model to hav the best exp with them. So it looks like the old models are slowly, but surely, phasing out. If Nintendo is planning to keep the 3DS life span going any longer. Im glad I dont use an old model anymore. Expand
  6. Nov 18, 2016
    4
    There are SOOO many cutscenes. I played for an hour, and literally 30-45 min of it was cutscenes. In addition, the load times are brutal, asThere are SOOO many cutscenes. I played for an hour, and literally 30-45 min of it was cutscenes. In addition, the load times are brutal, as every time you enter/exit a cutscene THERE'S A LOAD TIME. Furthermore, they found a way to make the training school required, which... I mean, just kill me. Expand
  7. Dec 19, 2016
    0
    This game feels more like some weird spinoff to the anime series than a mainstream Pokemon game. There's so many pointless cutscenes and dumbThis game feels more like some weird spinoff to the anime series than a mainstream Pokemon game. There's so many pointless cutscenes and dumb tutorials....it doesn't feel like a Pokemon game. 5 Hours in and I just can't play it anymore. Super boring compared to the other games.Asd Come to this Expand

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