As we celebrate 20 years since the launch of Pokèmon Red and Pokémon Green in Japan, the next era of Pokèmon games is being announced! Pokèmon Sun and Pokèmon Moon are coming out for systems in the Nintendo 3DS family in late 2016, with a new world, new Pokèmon, and new adventures to discover!
Your new adventures in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon will take place on the tropical islands of the Alola region! The Alola region centers around four islands rich in natural beauty and an artificial island. Many Pokémon that have never been seen before occupy these islands.
The world of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon is filled with many colorful people in addition to the fascinating Pokémon. Meet some of the folks you'll encounter as you travel through the Alola region.
You will choose to be a hero or heroine in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, and you can name yourself whatever you'd like. The story begins right after your character has moved to the Alola region. No sooner have you arrived than your adventures begin to unfold, and you'll meet many people and Pokémon as you grow and learn.
Following in the tradition of previous games in the Pokémon series, players choose one of three special Pokémon to be their first partner. These are among the first Pokémon players will encounter in the game. In Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, players will be able to choose between the newly discovered Grass- and Flying-type Pokémon Rowlet, Fire-type Litten, and Water-type Popplio.
Rowlet can attack without making a sound! It flies silently through the skies, drawing near to its opponent without being noticed, and then lashing out with powerful kicks. It can also attack from a distance using the razor-sharp leaves that form part of its feathers.
Its visual abilities are impressive. The darkness of night is no obstacle to Rowlet! It can twist its neck nearly 180° from front to back so it can see directly behind itself. It has a habit of turning its head in battle to face its Trainer and receive instructions.
The move Leafage attacks an opponent by striking it with leaves. Rowlet knows this move from the moment it becomes your partner!
Logical but also passionate, Litten always remains coolheaded and doesn't show its emotions on the surface.
Litten can attack with flaming hairballs! Its fur is rich in oils and immensely flammable. Litten grooms itself by licking its fur, and then uses the collected fur as fuel for fireball attacks!
When the time comes for Litten to shed its old fur, it all burns up in a glorious blaze.
The move Ember attacks an opponent by firing a small flame at it. Litten knows this move from the moment it becomes your partner!
Popplio's swimming speed is known to exceed 25 mph. It's better at moving in the water than on land. Still, when it's on land, it takes advantage of the elasticity of its balloons to perform acrobatic stunts and jumps.
Popplio can snort out balloons made of water! Watch it spin water balloons into a playful battle strategy!
Both frivolous and hard-working, Popplio can easily get carried away—unleashing enough power in battle to make quite a spectacle! But Popplio’s determined spirit means it can usually be found practicing hard on its balloon skills.
The Water Gun move attacks an opponent by firing a jet of water. Popplio knows this move from the moment it becomes your partner!
The Pokédex is a convenient tool that records information about the Pokémon you see and catch during your adventure. In Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, your character receives a special Pokédex from Professor Kukui to support you in your travels. It's known as the Rotom Pokédex, and it's inhabited by Rotom, a Pokémon with the power to reside in various electronic appliances. It does much more than record Pokémon info—it sparkles with its own personality. The Rotom Pokédex shows your current location and your next destination, and it also gives you advice on where to go next, based on the conversations you have with others! It's likely to be of great help to you in many parts of your adventure.
The Rotom Pokédex is an extremely rare device. There are only a few Trainers that have one, even in the Alola region.
Major updates are planned for Pokèmon Bank to work with Pokèmon Sun and Pokèmon Moon.
Once Pokèmon Bank has been updated, you'll be able to use it to transfer Pokèmon you've caught in the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console versions of Pokèmon Red, Pokèmon Blue, and Pokèmon Yellow into your copy of Pokèmon Sun or Pokèmon Moon. Pokèmon from Pokèmon Omega Ruby, Pokèmon Alpha Sapphire, Pokèmon X, and Pokèmon Y can also be brought into Pokèmon Sun and Pokèmon Moon in the same way.
You will be able to use your existing Pokèmon Bank account to transfer Pokèmon from Pokèmon Red, Pokèmon Blue, and Pokèmon Yellow to Pokèmon Sun and Pokèmon Moon. Due to certain limitations, it is recommended that you install Pokèmon Red, Pokèmon Blue, and Pokèmon Yellow on the same Nintendo 3DS system as Pokèmon Bank.