After the success of Pokémon Go, fans should be extra excited about Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. Here’s why:
There’s so much game. You’ll play at least 25 hours to complete the main story and more than 100 if you want to accomplish everything. Enjoy the beautiful graphics, including rolling beach waves and starry night skies.
New monsters. More than 20 new Pokémon populate the four islands of Alola. These creatures seem cute, but they’re powerful. Keep an eye out for the mosquito/bee-like Cutiefly, which appears when characters are happy or sad. The dragon, Drampa, which looks like it is made of clouds, lives 10,000 feet high in the mountains and comes down to save kids in danger.
Lush locations. The land of Alola is based on Hawaii, and it’s full of waterfalls, volcanoes, jungles and oceans. There’s even a scientist named after Hawaii’s state tree, the kukui. Some characters evolve in very island-ish ways. Exeggutor, for example, looks like a palm tree with three coconut heads.
Ride ’em all! You can journey around Alola on the back of, say, Sharkpedo. With its sharp, smiling jaws and wide eyes, Sharkpedo seems to like having you aboard. It’s a fast way to get from island to island.
Z-Moves, multiplayer and hyper training: Z-Moves let you pull off one awesome fireworks-filled power move each fight. Multiplayer lets you take on three friends in an arena. And once you have a level-100 Pokémon, you can tweak its individual strengths for battling. The catch? You’ll have to find Mr. Hyper first — and bring him Bottle Caps.
A new high-powered accessory. The Z-Ring is a bracelet you buy separately. It lets you unlock special Z-Moves. Lights flicker, whistles blow and the whole thing vibrates when you pull off attacks.