Dec 2, 2016
Pokemon (plus Pokemon Sun and Moon)
pretty much everyone else these days, we grew up with Pokemon. And
with it being the 20th anniversary of the series, we wanted to talk
about the wonderful little pocket monsters and our history with
the most part, Void has kept up with the series, playing through
each iteration and seeing the changes that have come from Pokemon
Red and Blue and Yellow all the way to Pokemon Sun and Moon. Beej,
however, has only played Blue and Omega Ruby, so our takes on the
series are different, but we both love it.
terms of the games themselves, the generations iterate very slowly,
and despite being 20 years later, the games are fundamentally the
same. Each generation gives you modern conveniences and quality of
life improvements that make the newer games well worth playing if
you enjoy the formula.
the length and popularity of Pokemon over the past 20 years, there
have been oodles of pokemon spin off games. One of our favorites
was Pokemon Snap, where you travel on rails, competing for taking
the best photos of the critters in the jungle. It was a weird
concept and totally fun.
Most recently, there has been
Pokemon Go, and there
have been a ton of improvements made lately. We aren’t playing it
as much as we were in the beginning, but we certainly are still
interested in seeing where it goes.
really loved the TV show, and he still watches it with his kids.
The multi-generational aspect of the anime are really awesome, and
it’s great that he gets to share stories about the same characters
with them. Somehow, Ash and Pikachu are still the protagonists of
the show, despite being revamped multiple times. Beej, on the other
hand, never watched the show--he was just a bit out of the age
range when it debuted.
Pokemon Trading Card Game was Beej’s favorite, though. In high
school, he and his friends were always playing it together. They
were big card game people. Void, though, just collected the cards
and traded them but rarely played the game. It’s still going, which
is cool, and it’s still just as fun.
release of Pokemon Sun and Moon has been really cool. It’s a
totally new area that’s based around Pacific Islands, and Void is
nearing the end of it (Beej will eventually Gamefly it). There are tons of little UI improvements
to make it easier to select things you will use (like pokeballs in
battle), and there’s more of a story than ever before in Pokemon
Sun and Moon (and Void actually cared a bit!).
both Pokemon Sun and Moon, there are visual indicators of match-ups
which tell pokemon types’ strengths and weaknesses, and this is a
major improvement for players who don’t have time to memorize the
whole pokedex. The ride pokemon replace HMs, and you can call them
from anywhere to use their utility abilities without wasting slots
in your team. So you can finally have the perfect team you want
without worrying about getting stuck out in the world.
- Pokemon Sun and Moon are not hard, but they may
be the most challenging pokemon game yet because of the inclusion
of trials instead of gym battles. Overall, they’re Void’s favorite
are rumors of a third game in the Pokemon Sun and Moon series for
the Nintendo Switch. Beej would likely wait to play that one if he
can afford a Switch when it comes out. He’s a big fan of waiting on
Game of the Year-type rereleases anyway.
of us, though, tend to skip post-game content. Neither of really
enjoy filling out our pokedex, and Pokemon Sun and Moon are no
different. We go occasionally to kill some time hunting fun pokemon
or Legendaries, maybe to hatch an egg or two, but for the most
part, we like the stories and the content, but hate the repetitive
aspect of post-game content. We are kind of hoping that Pokemon Sun
and Moon have extra stuff after the main game, but we doubt it
because it’s still Pokemon Red and Blue at heart
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