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  • Summary: A new light shines on the Alola region.

    Take on the role of a Pokemon Trainer and uncover new tales, and unravel the mystery behind the two forms reminiscent of the Legendary Pokemon. With new story additions and features this earns Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon the name
    A new light shines on the Alola region.

    Take on the role of a Pokemon Trainer and uncover new tales, and unravel the mystery behind the two forms reminiscent of the Legendary Pokemon. With new story additions and features this earns Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon the name "Ultra!" Another adventure is about to begin.

    New Pokemon forms have been discovered in the Aloha region in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon. These forms are reminiscent of the Legendary Pokemon Solgaleo, Lunala, and Necrozma, first revealed in Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. Head out on an epic journey as you solve the mystery behind these Pokemon. In this expanded adventure, get ready to explore more of the Alola region, catch more amazing Pokemon, and battle more formidable foes in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon!
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Pokemon Ultra Sun/Moon - Travel Beyond Alola
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
  1. Dec 4, 2017
    100
    Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon represent everything Game Freak has worked towards in its 20 years of growing the Pokémon franchise. It has its flaws, as every game does, but they don't detract from the lively world, incredible writing, and sheer fun that the game provides. Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are likely the last big games to be released on the 3DS, and Game Freak sees the console out with a game that will be remembered as a shining example of what the series can do when at its best.
  2. Nov 14, 2017
    90
    Pokémon Ultrasun & Ultramoon are the new and last chapters of the series for the Nintendo 3DS. You will be back to Alola for a new adventure, offering different twists of the same story told in Sun & Moon. There are new activities and things to do, story is deeper and the post-game is more complex. And there all the legendary Pokémon from the previous generations. Ultrasun and Ultramoon are probably the most complete games of the series up do date, and will keep you busy and entertained for a very long time.
  3. 90
    Some things are better, some things are worse and some things are just different. So I don’t think that Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon can replace Sun and Moon, but rather they kind of just sit beside them. I don’t know that I’d recommend one set of games over the other; instead, I’m just kind of glad that I played both of them.
  4. Nov 14, 2017
    84
    Unless you can't live without a few new pokémon, Pokémon Ultrasun is a must have if and only if you still haven't played neither Sun or Moon. Postgame content is meatier but most of the game looks and plays too similar to Sun or Moon.
  5. 80
    This is a solid entry from Pokemon. If you have last year’s game, you can pass on this title, but if you’re looking to dive into the Poke-verse? This is the best way to take the plunge.
  6. Dec 1, 2017
    80
    In an age of downloadable content and add-ons, of game updates and expansions through online changes, it's just disappointing to see the game not support players who have already played Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon's story in any way other than a few small changes. For those players, it really is the definition of the oft-used review phrase "just keep at it, and eventually it gets really good."
  7. Nov 28, 2017
    65
    Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are fine games by virtue of being Pokemon games. They have the same fun battling and collecting mechanics you’d expect and offer an opportunity to re-explore the gorgeous and lore-rich Alola region. But their butchered retelling of Sun and Moon’s story and the addition of the obnoxious RotomDex should once again have you questioning why you would pay full price for almost the same game a year later.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 100
  2. Negative: 8 out of 100
  1. Mar 4, 2018
    10
    Better dex distribution, new surprise ending, multiple new Pokemon, new moves, different beginning, all nonevent legendaries, new tracksBetter dex distribution, new surprise ending, multiple new Pokemon, new moves, different beginning, all nonevent legendaries, new tracks complements previous GREAT ones, o-powers back with new name, a HUGE postgame surprise in some surprising characters and the strongest "final boss" ever in the series (and I'm talking about the story, not the champion, but that is a surprise too) Moon was good but Ultra Moon manages more in every way. Expand
  2. Nov 18, 2018
    10
    -- some totems got replaced and the replacements are superior, either stronger or with better strategy
    -you can also collect said totems by
    -- some totems got replaced and the replacements are superior, either stronger or with better strategy
    -you can also collect said totems by receiving them from Oak's cousin
    - there's also one extra trial than before
    - quicker starting, you get to start traveling with the starter at the very beginning of the game this time
    - enemy trainers revamped, elite 4, revamped
    - ubs and the origin of z-moves are now throuly explained
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  3. Apr 18, 2018
    10
    Best story, many new areas and some of the best sidegames in any pokemon game. If you group crystal, emerald, platinum and yellow together andBest story, many new areas and some of the best sidegames in any pokemon game. If you group crystal, emerald, platinum and yellow together and multiply it by 5, it also won't have as many changed from the originals as the ultra versions had so it's also the best "third/improved version" the series has gotten to this point. Add in the highened difficulty and many sidegames and it's the best 3ds pokemon games Expand
  4. Dec 3, 2017
    10
    I went after this game after having played sm just for the sake of completionism, but turns out there were way more changes than I expected,I went after this game after having played sm just for the sake of completionism, but turns out there were way more changes than I expected, even if you ignore the all new move tutors and story that third versions tend to have;

    the rotomdex was also enhanced, it can talk more or less to you depending if you choose yourself to interact with it and give you items like Mr. Bonding used to in X version. Giving it a 10 overall as it's not only a decent pokemon game, but also a game I would recommend to both fans and non-fans, both whoever played Sun/Moon (like myself) and those who haven't yet (as then the experience is all new)
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  5. Mar 5, 2019
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Pokémon Sun/Moon was one of the best experiences I had in the Pokemon world! The region is great, vibrant colors everywhere, Alolan form Pokemon, customization of your character and despite not having the best story all around, it was still enjoyable. Still, when Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon was announced I was expecting something along the lines of Black/White 2, a sequel to the previous games. Instead, and the trailers of the game show that they advertised a "different" Alola region. Was to be expected the same timeline but eventually, "mid-game" as the director of the game said, "the timeline will change". Unfortunately, in a game with 4 islands, the changes start in the last one and until then the story continues pretty much the same as in previous games, except for the addition of a new team and some new pokemon. The issues of Sun/Moon were fixed but this still felt more like a DLC and not a full game. It was the first time ever I felt buyers remorse with a Pokemon game and I regret a lot paying full price for it. Still, if you never played Sun/Moon you should go for this one. Expand
  6. Nov 17, 2017
    9
    The Awesome
    -Totem Stickers. The most fun and entertaining exploration element in any Pokémon game to date. Fun to look for these even if
    The Awesome
    -Totem Stickers. The most fun and entertaining exploration element in any Pokémon game to date. Fun to look for these even if there was no reward, but there is a pretty cool reward for every certain number of stickers. Probably the most fun I’ve had in the overworld of any Pokémon game ever.
    -Team Rainbow Rocket. For anyone who takes interest in the bad guys of the main games over the past 21 years.
    -Parallel universe ultra recon squad giving story elements and designs new to the series.
    -Best trainer placement of any Pokémon game to date by far. The karate guys on champion road, the golfer at hokulani, lotta laughs.
    -All legendary Pokémon. Probably the biggest sales point for fans of the series.
    -Charmander and all the other starters also available to catch so it’s pretty cool for old people with nostalgia. Same was with Rainbow Rocket.
    -Background Pokemon. Much like the trainer placement, the sense to have a Pokémon walk by the window outside or come down a chimney etc is superb. No value to find other than the satisfaction of seeing some neat Pokémon walking around. The rare chimney one was funny too.

    The Pretty Good
    -A ton of new sub events. Some of these are awesome, some not. Ditto becoming human being official stuff in the games was awesome etc.
    -The photo club was a lot more fun than I expected. Still don’t think there’s enough reason to spend a lot of time ther but it’s neat.
    -Surfing is also surprisingly a pretty fun mini game. But also not something I feel the urge to do too many times.

    The Not So Good
    -Main flow of game is pretty much the same as Sun and Moon, even though much of the story is different.
    -Some new backgrounds are pretty bland areas with some exceptions as well.
    -Some things in the game are jokes that will go over the majority of everyone’s head most likely. The new gym for example.
    -Nothing groundbreakingly innovative. But this can be said regarding almost all Pokémon games since the original. They stick by the if it’s not broke don’t fix it mind set, which does have its benefits.
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  7. Nov 17, 2017
    0
    Just purchased this game last night. I have been playing it a lot. It doesn't seem very different and I'm not sure I could offer this toJust purchased this game last night. I have been playing it a lot. It doesn't seem very different and I'm not sure I could offer this to anyone who has played Sun or moon. I'm not seeing a ton of differences so far and it feels like a chore to get to a point where there might be differences in the gameplay. Expand

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