POKEMON has made its long awaited return to handheld consoles.
Pokémon Sun and Moon were released in the UK last week and have become Nintendo’s biggest UK release, beating both previous Pokémon games, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, and every game released for the Wii console.
In the first three days of release, the game rose to the top of the individual formats chart, naming it the best-selling game on a solo platform, as it was designed solely for the 3DS.
Nintendo has announced that a potential third game, Pokémon Stars, could be released for the new console, the Switch, upon its release in March next year, but this is still to be confirmed.
With a new format and some new features, fans are excited about the new region, Hawaii-inspired Alola, as well as battling Pokémon in new trials and replacing in-game transport like the bike and roller-skates for riding Pokémon like Tauros around the islands.
Players get to choose between three new starters – Rowlet, a grass and flying type Pokémon, Litten, a fire type Pokémon, and Popplio, a water type Pokémon. Each starter gets their own individual move, known as a Z-Move, which is one of the new features of the game.
Game Freak are hosting the first global event since the games release, inviting players to collectively catch 100 million Pokémon before December 13 to win 1000 festival coins each. Contributors will still get in-game rewards just for participating even if the goal is not reached.
Pokémon as a franchise is also celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and has released commemorative memorabilia to mark the celebration.
This includes limited edition 2DS consoles in the colours of the original 4 games, red, green, blue and yellow, with a newer version of the corresponding Pokémon game preinstalled.
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by Sophie Luckett (@Sophie_Luckett), Stephanie Wan (@Sinyingwan1) and Chanté Goodman (@Chante_Goodman)