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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: 85 out of 87
  2. Negative: 0 out of 87
  1. Apr 8, 2017
    100
    Pokémon Sun and Moon make terrific changes the twenty-year-old formula, allowing new fans and returning ones back into the series with a wonderful lively and colourful world. It's just a little too easy for us who have been here from the start - but it's easy to forgot that when you're having such a blast.
  2. Dec 7, 2016
    95
    By taking the well known tried and reliable recipe of the old games, tweaking some of the original ideas and adding a few new ones, Game Freak delivered the best Pokemon game we've seen in years.
  3. Nov 15, 2016
    90
    A couple technical issues aside, Sun/Moon might be the best Pokémon game yet. It freshens up a formula some of us PokéManics might not have realized was growing stale until now. Trials and Grand Trials provide variations on familiar gameplay, and the removal of HMs and telling players how effective their moves are rejuvenates battling.
  4. Nov 16, 2016
    90
    Sun and Moon are the biggest changes that the core Pokemon series has ever attempted. Removing gyms, Hidden Machines (HMs), and altering original Pocket Monsters was a huge gamble – and all of it has paid off. Honoring the franchise’s past while looking to the future must have been a difficult ideal for Nintendo and The Pokemon Company to nail down, but the end result of this undertaking is a pair of lovingly-crafted, must-haves for fans new and old. Truly, this is the celebration of Pokemon that gamers have been waiting for.
  5. Dec 1, 2016
    90
    These new games take things previously thought to be untouchable elements of the Pokemon experience and turns them on their heads, delivering a completely unique experience from its predecessors.
  6. 85
    Overall, Pokemon Sun and Moon take two generational steps forward, but also take one step back. Small new intricacies like battle enhancements and a refined presentation vastly improve the moment-to-moment experience of playing Pokemon. However, a sparse catalog of new Pokemon, shallow end game, and lack of launch Pokemon Bank support hold the titles back from being truly exceptional.
  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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  1. Negative: 35 out of 180
  1. 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
  2. Mar 22, 2018
    10
    For me, THE BEST Pokémon game so far. Before this game, it was "Black and White", but "Sun and Moon" have blessed me with the best story ofFor me, THE BEST Pokémon game so far. Before this game, it was "Black and White", but "Sun and Moon" have blessed me with the best story of any Pokémon game, best desings, region, characters...

    It's maybe hard to some people to decide which story is better between "Black and White" and "Sun and Moon", but, i really loved BW story, it has an interesting theme but it gets so simple, going really nowhere, remaining as an idea without decent exploitation. BW had great potential, which was wasted. But SM it's completely different. Yeah, the story still not being so good outside Pokémon, but inside it... It's just the best. Great characters surprisingly great worked, deep story that goes beyond any other game from the franchise has ever gone, sometimes it gets really dark for a game intended for children, and a amazing and nostalgic ending. The story can be a little slower at the beginning, and its also full of plot twists that sometimes can be predicted, but it really doesn't mind, story works and it gets more and more interesting. The best part are the characters, and i'm not just talking about Lillie, Gladion, Lusamine, Hau, Guzma or Kukui that general people will love, i'm also talking about the secondary characters with great background stories that just surprised me a lot.

    I think this games also improved Pokémon difficulty, i mean, Pokémon has always been easy and "Sun and Moon" aren't different. But this time, they improved the difficulty curve a lot, and they have included bosses that can make you pass through hard times. It's a perfect game to new players but also for old players like me (i've been following the franchise since Red and Blue).

    It also improves metagame and adds great innovations, this game has changed the franchise more than any other, with difference. Trials are really good, fresh and the bosses are just a great addition, but... Sometimes it gets too easy to get to the boss, that's the only bad thing that I find in trials, and it's not annoying either, because the journey through the trial is usually fun.

    Music, as always, it's just perfect. This games has many great and catchy themes. And desings, for me are the best, the addition of Ultra Beast seems really interesting such as Z moves. Regional variants is such a awesome idea.

    The region its the MOST beautiful until now. And its great to explore it. I just loved this games, and after XY that i thought everything was lost, this have recovered hope. I would love to see a great story such as SM's in the new Nintendo Switch games. And I would love they to follow this line, just improving a bit the player's freedom to walk through the region.

    Postgame its great for a first version, much more than XY, and Red and Blue comeback its amazing.

    For me, the BEST POKÉMON GAME ever made. It really works, it brights just as the sun.
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  3. 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
  4. Dec 14, 2016
    8
    Pokemon Sun (and Moon) is everything you want in your latest Pokemon generation game. There have been overall good and interesting changes toPokemon Sun (and Moon) is everything you want in your latest Pokemon generation game. There have been overall good and interesting changes to the casual and professional player and has generally picked up most of the good things found in past games. However, it would be nice if they would invest in a game that focused more on story and there's just way too many Pokemon in the game now for it to be feasible to "catch them all", not to mention how plagued the game is with hackers. But this game was a step in the right direction.

    My suggestion is to break even more from convention with strong emphasis on story and difficulty. The reason the Pokemon franchise is so successful is because of it's roots in Pokemon Red and Blue. Gameplay was designed amazingly (either by genius or mistake), from the more difficult gym leader typings and pokemon available in the early game. As for story, I think it would be a great idea to go back to the past - a prequel if you will - that explains interesting pokemon mythology from the legendary dogs to the pokemon war.
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  5. Nov 22, 2016
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Alright, I already wrote a review for Pokemon Sun and Moon, however, I originally gave them a 6/10. I thought they were pretty decent games, but also took huge missteps as well. Well, as you can clearly see, I'm writing a second review. Overall, looking back on the 2 games, I have to say...

    My opinions on this game have shifted for the better. I suppose I just needed to adjust a bit. Don't misinterpret what I'm saying; I don't think they're perfect now, I have just grown more fond of them. Anyhow, I'm not here to be an ass-kisser, I'll keep this review as objective as possible.

    I'll start with what I liked. Firstly, I thought the Pokemon designs in the game were, for the most part, very good. There are exceptions, of course (*glares at Dhelmise*), but on the whole, I liked them. Hopefully they can keep this up.

    Another thing I though was very interesting were the Alolan forms of the older Pokemon. I liked the idea that certain Pokemon have to adapt to different regions and areas. Most of their designs were very good as well, with the only exception being Dugtrio, but I can't say that its original design was all that mesmerizing either.

    The soundtrack has grown on me as well. I originally thought it was quite sub-par, however, it has gotten better the more I listened to it. I especially like Guzma's, Lusamine's, Red's/Blue's, The Elite Four's, and the League Title Defense's themes. The credits theme is pretty damn good too... except for the amateurish vocals.

    The graphics in the game are damn good as well. The 3D Pokemon models look astonishingly good, the environments look very pleasant, an they overall appear less "Gamey," as I said in my previous review. I WILL mention one issue some folks came across, and that is the framerate. I won't lie- I was playing on the new 3DS, and the only time I encountered slowdown was during double battles. If you have a new 3DS, the framerate shouldn't be too much of an issue, but if you have a standard 3DS, you should probably be wary of this when you think about purchasing these games.

    All of that is really good, but the thing that REALLY changed my mind on the semi-negative rating...

    Was the story. I honestly didn't expect my opinion to shift as much as it did, but the more I thought about it, the better it became.

    The story in this game is easily one of the best, if not THE best, story in the entire series, only rivaled by Black and White. I am SO glad this game wasn't like X and Y with its shallow characters, non-existent emotions, and muted tone. The story in this game is really good! You feel actual tension as things start to happen, the protagonists are very down-to-earth and view you as actual FRIENDS and not battle buddies like those 5 caricatures from X and Y (shows how great they are when I can't even remember their names), and best of all, YOU FEEL ACTUAL EMOTIONS AS IT PROGRESSES. There are some genuinely touching moments in the game!

    The driving force behind this story is Lillie. Lillie is the best character in the Pokemon franchise since N. I'm not exaggerating, she really is a great character! She's not an obnoxious damsel in distress, nor an edgy 'I hate everything and everyone' if you know what I mean. She's a very grounded, yet emotional young woman with a ghastly upbringing. Her mother is a Ultra Beast obsessed lunatic, and her father is a street thug. After being through all of this, she ends up meeting the player, and as the journey goes on, she grows more autonomous and cheerful.

    The only issue I can highlight is that she CAN seem kinda cliched at times, but overall, she's a fantastic character, and a great motivation to progress through the game. I really hope she appears in another Pokemon installment.

    With all of that out of the way, it's time to talk about the negatives.

    Unfortunately, the biggest issue I had with the game is still present. The new Pokemon may have great designs but their stats are incredibly "Second-rate." The most common complaint about them is that they're too slow... and yeah, I empathize with that. Tip: When you get to the battle tree, DON'T USE GEN 7 POKEMON. THEY SIMPLY CAN'T COMPETE WITH OLDER ONES. Yes, there are exceptions, but the majority of them just can't hold their own against anything but themselves.

    The only other huge issue I have is the pacing. Not only does the story take a bit of time to gain some traction (despite its quality), but the opening tutorials like the trainer school last way longer than they should. Sorry, but taking 2 hours to tell me stuff I already know isn't acceptable.

    At the end of the day, I'm very happy that I played these games. GAMEFREAK has shown to me that even though they will always stick with the winning formula, they at least had a bit of ambition while making these games.

    I will recommend this game to any Poke-fan out there, maybe even most folks who own a 3DS. Here's hoping for a sequel of some kind.

    8/10
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  6. Nov 20, 2017
    6
    Let's be honest comparing this atrocity to normal Pokemon games is like comparing the blobfish to something beautiful like dang I can't thinkLet's be honest comparing this atrocity to normal Pokemon games is like comparing the blobfish to something beautiful like dang I can't think of anything right now but I'm telling you right now that this game is way too different from normal Pokemon games. The positives of this game are it's good graphics for the 3DS anyways, the music of the game, and the diversity of the areas of Alola. The games negatives far outweigh the positives with problems such as the game constantly holding your hand with an iron grip (in others words it's extremely easy), the replacement of HMs bother me, the new Pokemon look much weirder than all the rest (I am not a genwunner btw) , and it's postgame just feels boring. It's an okay game but not a great game. Expand
  7. Aug 18, 2017
    0
    This game was the culmination of taking all of the worst parts of pokemon and putting them front and center. 60% of the game is spent mashingThis game was the culmination of taking all of the worst parts of pokemon and putting them front and center. 60% of the game is spent mashing the A button through the pointless slow grueling mucked up narrative. The other 40% spends a lot of time in loading screens and animations. It's actually 13.4 seconds from losing control to gaining it again in wild battles. The pokemon themselves used to be the compelling feature which pushed exploration, and dialogue used to be optional. That's what made pokemon greak. This is a horrible, horrible game. Expand

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