Dec 2, 2016
Pokemon (plus Pokemon Sun and Moon)
- Like 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 them.
- For 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.
- In 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.
- Given 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.
- Void 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.
- The 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
- The 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
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!).
- In 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 pokemon game.
- There 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
- Both 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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