Pokémon Sun - Nintendo 3DS

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    • Pokémon Sun

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2225 out of 2258)

    Product Details


    • Developer: Game Freak
    • Publisher: Nintendo
    • Platform: Nintendo 3DS
    • Genre: Role Playing
    • Release Date: 11/18/2016

    Synopsis


    Celebrate 20 years of adventures in the Pokémon universe with Pokémon Sun for Nintendo 3DS. This new game features compatibility with previous Pokémon games, so you can transfer your old characters and continue to collect powerful fighters. With vibrant graphics, Pokémon Sun for Nintendo 3DS helps you on your quest to "catch 'em all".

    Features


    For systems in the Nintendo 3DS family

    New world, new Pokémon, and new adventures to discover.

    Transfer Pokémon you've caught in other versions of Pokémon.

    By Using Pokémon Bank.

    Nine languages

    Choose from English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish, Traditional and Simplified Chinese.

    2D and 3D playable

    3D mode in some areas.



    Customer rating

    4.8
    99%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A massive change...for the better!

      Posted
      hollowfenix
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      Huge changes to the pokemon formula since Pokemon X & Y, no longer as it's strictly battle and collecting focused (although still present) as they added variety of mechanics to switch things up a bit and to bring more variety in gameplay. Changes include: 1. No HMs No longer do you have to carry around a HM slave (s). This has bothered me in the past games as I have to restrict 1 or 2 slots out of my party of 6 to help traverse certain areas of the world. In the place of HMs there are Poké Rides where you can ride pokemon interacting with them on the world map, some you may not be able to access until you've completed mission within the game. 2. Is it super effective? No longer do you have to look up guides online (unless it's your first encounter) to tell if a move is super effective or not very effective against the pokemon you're up against. After you battle a pokemon once, the game will tell you what moves is super effective or not in the battle menu once you encounter the same pokemon the second time. 3. No Traditional Gyms No longer do you have to battle your way through gym after gym to prove you're the best out of brute force. There are 4 islands in the game, each of which are controlled by 4 Island Kahunas To get to them you have to get pass Trail Captains and Todum Pokemon Trail captain will give you quizzes, side quests to complete, and/or fight in traditional battles Todum Pokemon. Basically typical pokemon you find the wild, but significantly stronger and have grunts that help them battle. 4. Rotom Pokédex Typical pokedex, but with a face and personality attached to it. 5. Alola Forms Basically different forms of pokemon you seen in previous generations. Either it's there physical form that is different and/or the pokemon's typing 6. Z-Moves With a Z-Ring and a Z-Crystal you can use a pokemon's ultimate move once per battle. It's not like Mega Evolutions where it stays constant 7. QR Scanner. You can now scan QR codes to get event pokemon. Also if you scan a random QR codes it will give you 10 points. Once you reach 100, you are able search an island for a rare pokemon. Each scan also gives you random trivia about pokemon 8. Battle Royal A 4 player free-for-all where the battle ends after all of one's pokemon trainer's faints. They tally the win-losses of each trainer and the one with best stats at the end wins 9. Hyper Training. Once a pokemon reaches level 100, they can go through hyper training which can improve a Pokemon's IV 10. Poké Pelago Your PC Box now has functionality to it. It's like a day care sort of thing, instead of just depositing your pokemon, you can passively train them in the PC or have them search for items 11. Festival Plaza. An online mode where you can battle other trainers and trade with them. You get festival coins for each interaction which you can spend on clothes, shop or upgrade your pokemon's stats. There's also missions you can undertake to get more coins. 12. Night and Day phase, New Pokemon Pokemon Sun goes the traditional time route while Moon does the opposite. In Pokemon Moon if you're playing in the daytime, the game will consider it night time in-game. Some events also play out differently like different Totum Pokemon on the same island/trail In traditional Pokemon fashion you can only get some pokemon in each version so trading is required either with a friend or if you own both versions. Also some pokemon evolve differently in each version now. I'd say some of overall models of new pokemon are better looking than the last batch in previous iterations of the pokemon series. 13. Auto Run Your run is as fast as a bike now, and it has unlimited use. You can now move in all directions instead of the traditional 4 and it feels very fluid 14. No Rod Fishing is now dedicated to specific regions in the world. You cannot fish wherever you want anymore. 15. Photo Taking You can now take Photos of pokemon in the wild. 16. Team Skull and Aether Foundation Team Skull is the new antagonist group like Team Rocket, but they have a new style to them as they try act gangster-ish with their animated hand gesters/movements. They have more personality and have a darker tone to their backstory and mission. Aether Foundation is the opposite of Team Skull as thier mission is to cure injured and hurt pokemon. The group is also conducting research on the Ultra Beast (Pokemon) which is a good mystery story in and of itself. 17. Graphical Upgrade Game looks better than the last, although there are some pixelation around the edges still. Models look more realistic than before, and the battle animations are more visually impressive. There are some framerate issues on 2v2 battles for some reason, but then again I own the launch 3DS. You may not have the issue if you own the New 3DS? It's a turn-based system so it doesn't really matter much in terms of gameplay, but the slow down is noticeable -Returning mechanics: Pokebank return, you can now transfer all your pokemon to Sun and Moon Clothing Options: Although more options are available, it still feel very limited. Mega Evolutions return, but none for new pokemon from what i've discovered Pokemon Refresh: don't remember if it's in the last game, but you can groom your pokemon in your party If you discover more changes, please put in comment below. Overall, love the changes to the traditional formula as it gives the Pokemon Series a nice refresh and is more streamline to play.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Most refined Pokemon game yet, but at some cost

      Posted
      DefinitelyNotJackieChan
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      Pokemon Sun and Moon are the most refined Pokemon games ever made it terms of gameplay. Every generation adds more and more user-minded features that make the game more streamlined and less cumbersome, and this generation does that more than ever. For the first time they've really nailed the 3D environment (the 2D Pokemon games were perfect; they struggled with going to 3D for the first time in Pokemon X & Y). It feels more like a world designed in 3D from the start, rather than a 2D world that drawn with 3D art. They've also changed the Pokemon formula more than ever before. Gone are the Pokemon Gyms that we've all grown accustomed to, now replaced with a system of travelling from island to island to challenge trials and eventually each island's respective kahuna. The story is also a larger focus with each new generation; expect a number of cutscenes as well as scene jumps where you're skipped ahead in time to a slightly different location. Things are not just "character talks to you in a speech bubble for a while, and then you move on". The downsides? That 3D world I mentioned can sometimes be a pain to navigate and learn. I found myself constantly forgetting where important locations were, and how to get back to them. This is because of a few things: for one, the camera will spin and pan around cinematic-style, which screws with your sense of direction; you may be running downwards (South) onscreen, and the road hooks to the left, but instead of turning your character, the camera turns, so you're still running downwards, except now you're running West. Over hours of playing you do start to get twisted around. On top of that there's the scene jumping I mentioned. A character may encounter you on a road, and says "follow me", so the screen fades to black and then you're in new location, and then they say "let's head back home", so it fades to black and now you're at that character's house. It hinders your ability to form a proper "mental map" of the world, learning how each place connects to the next, which makes navigation very frustrating sometimes, The map is awful; they put in on the bottom screen, and when you click on the center, it just talks to you. You have to click off-center to open. I couldn't figure out how to open the map for hours. Actually, you don't even get the map for quite a while as it is. All the multiplayer features are in one part of the menu in a strange 2nd world kind of environment, with a sort of mini-game aspect to it. It's called Festival Plaza. They've done this type of thing over many generations, and it always turns out being very weird and disconnected from the rest of the game, so much so that I usually don't use these features. I think it's the developers' way of taking years worth of various multiplayer features, added game-by-game, and trying to collect them all into one cohesive menu. It's just not gonna work. And finally, the actual gameplay itself. Like I said it deviates from the norm more than ever, but it also feels less like Pokemon with each passing generation, and more like any other generic JRPG. Also, there's not many new Pokemon; over the first 12 HOURS of play I had only caught 2 of the new generation Pokemon. Most of the others were Gen 1. Perhaps that is because of the popularity of Pokemon Go, they know a bunch of people are gonna be returning to the games, so they crammed the beginning with Gen 1 Pokemon. Maybe not. Either way it's pretty disappointing. Overall the game is fun, but I honestly think the problems I mentioned all combine to to make the new Pokemon games feel just a little less like Pokemon than they should. They're missing a lot of the charm of the older games. Pretty much the only thing that's still around from those days is catch Pokemon and battle them. All the other aspects of the game, the atmosphere, the FEEL of Pokemon gen 1-3 is gone, and these new games are left feeling a bit empty, generic, and kind of part their prime. Please know, this is coming from someone who has played every single mainline Pokemon game; and yes, I mean every single game, each version, not just 1 version from each generation. I don't like having to say it, but it's what I feel; Pokemon is getting more and more refined while also becoming less and less of what many of us consider to be "Pokemon". I think that new players will enjoy Sun and Moon quite a lot for what it is, but players with experience in older Pokemon games will likely notice the significant change, and may find that it doesn't quite measure up to what they're looking for. I am sticking with a 4-star rating, as I do recommend the game, but with the understanding of the qualifiers that I've mentioned here.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best Pokemon Game Yet! A Must Buy!

      Posted
      Handsomemilo

      Over the Thanksgiving Weekend I found myself walking out of Bestbuy with a New Nintendo 3ds and a copy of Pokemon Sun which is the counterpart to Pokemon Moon. What drove me to buy it was the promise of new and different gameplay and an exciting new region to explore. But did it deliver on those promises? The last Pokemon game I played was Pokemon White which came out about 6 years ago. However even though some time has passed the last couple of releases have stuck to the old style of gameplay. You start off with your first Pokemon given to you at the start of the game. Then as you progress through the game you collect more Pokemon to add to your team which You use to battle other Pokemon trainers. Your ultimate goal in the game is to go through different cities and towns and challenge the gym leaders who are the strongest Pokemon trainers in their city. After defeating each leader you obtain a gym badge and once you collect all eight badges you go on to face the Elite Four and the Pokemon League Champion. This formula of gameplay has been used for the past 20 years with minor tweaks and adjustments for each new installment. This type of gameplay may get boring after a while but fans of the series still enjoy it. Upon first starting my adventure I immediately realized the graphical improvement over its predecessors. That may be a given as it has been 6 years since I played a Pokemon game but the leap from 2d to 3d models have definitely made the game a treat to look at. Pokemon Sun and Moon take place in region based on Hawaii called Alola, so the setting is dense with lush foliage and vibrant colors. The game started off like many of the ones before it, get your first Pokemon from the Pokemon Professor and begin your adventure to become the very best Pokemon trainer. However the objective was quite different. Instead of collecting gym badges there were four different islands to visit and you must take each of the Island Trials. These trials don't only consist of battling though. They include little minigames such as scavenger hunts and puzzles which is a breath of fresh air from all the constant battling.. This game also ties in the story much better than before. In previous games you could almost entirely skip over the story as your main objective was to win the Pokemon League. In Pokemon Sun and Moon you help a Pokemon named Cosmog from being used for evil by the two antagonistic groups, the Aether Foundation and Team Skull. After you save Cosmog and finish all the Island Trials you still have to take on the Pokemon League and cement yourself as Champion of the Alola region. Even after the main story is over there is still plenty to do as their is an online mode where you can battle against and trade with your friends in which you can pour several more hours into. Pokemon Sun and Moon may be the best pokemon games I’ve ever played because the setting was beautiful, the different types of pokemon were awesome, and the gameplay was fresh and exciting. That is why, in my opinion, Pokemon Sun and Moon is a must buy for any fan or newcomer to the series.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      I like it....but

      Posted
      Casey

      A few hours into game play and I knew I needed to write a review on this particular game. I absolutely love Pokemon games, and I have been playing since Leaf Green/Fire Red. Here are my impressions from the game. Pokemon Sun is a good game. I love all the new Pokemon, especially the three adorable new starters. The graphics are great. You can tell the improvement from Alpha Sapphire and XY. The overall theme, characters, colors, and customization are great. I'm glad they decided to bring back being able to chose different clothing items and stuff like that to make it a unique experience. However, they got rid of gym battles..... Which in my opinion is a major downfall. Any die heart Pokemon fan lives for gym battles and gym badges. Now we have something called Island Trails. Which are okay.... in terms, but no where near as fun as gyms. They also got rid of HM's and replaced them with pagers that you can use to call different Pokemon to aid you in your quest. This isn't a bad feature. Overall the game is very very different compared to what we have had in the past. There is ALOT alot alot of commentary in this game. Which I usually enjoy but it is a little excessive this time. If you can get past the changes the game is still a good buy. It still has the great Pokemon atmosphere we all know and love, just with several changes. I would recommend this game to a friend.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Pokemon title

      Posted
      TTC817
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      Pokemon has long been one of my favorite video game franchises of all time. Deceptively cute, the series actually requires a good deal of thought and strategy to win battles. This, along with a massive collectors element, has made the game a huge hit with people of all ages. Pokemon Sun stays true to the traditions of the old games; you pick a starter monster and set off on an adventure, battling wild monsters you can capture, as well as other monster trainers. However, Sun takes things in a few different directions. The game is set in the new Alola region, based loosely on the Hawaiian Islands, so rather than being stuck on one big land mass, you find yourself island hopping. Additionally, the "Gyms" and "Badges" of the games are no more, and in their places, you will participate in "Island Trials," completing a task and battling a "totem" monster to further advance in the game. As the last few games got a little too creative and frustrating with the gym designs, this is a welcome change. The game introduces new monsters and adventure elements, plus you may even see some new "Alolan Forms" of your old favorites (for instance, Rattata/Raticate in the old games is simply a Normal type, but in Alola it has taken on a different appearance and become a Dark type). You will still see a few of your old favorites as well though. Starting early next year, the game is supposed to become compatible with Pokemon Transfer and Bank, so you will be able to import creatures from the older games. So don't delete your save files on the old games just yet! Overall, this is a great new addition to one of Nintendo's most endearing franchises. Strongly recommended!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Game

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      PSpoke
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      Great game and my kids loves it. A few hours into game play and I knew I needed to write a review on this particular game. I absolutely love Pokemon games, and I have been playing since Leaf Green/Fire Red. Here are my impressions from the game. Pokemon Sun is a good game. I love all the new Pokemon, especially the three adorable new starters. The graphics are great. You can tell the improvement from Alpha Sapphire and XY. The overall theme, characters, colors, and customization are great. I'm glad they decided to bring back being able to chose different clothing items and stuff like that to make it a unique experience. However, they got rid of gym battles..... Which in my opinion is a major downfall. Any die heart Pokemon fan lives for gym battles and gym badges. Now we have something called Island Trails. Which are okay.... in terms, but no where near as fun as gyms. They also got rid of HM's and replaced them with pagers that you can use to call different Pokemon to aid you in your quest. This isn't a bad feature. Overall the game is very very different compared to what we have had in the past. There is ALOT alot alot of commentary in this game. Which I usually enjoy but it is a little excessive this time. If you can get past the changes the game is still a good buy. It still has the great Pokemon atmosphere we all know and love, just with several changes. I would recommend this game to a friend.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Another great entry.

      Posted
      Christine
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      I've been into pokemon since the start, my first version being Pokémon Yellow. For those first few years, I played pokemon all the time. Going on that same adventure over and over. And this continued with each generation throughout the years. When the series moved to 3d in XY, I was fully immersed once again, and could not wait for what was next. With Sun and Moon, I was not disappointed. You still have the usual. A grand adventure through a new home, gotta catchem all, defeat the greats and work your way up to the top of the league. But it's also new, and refreshed. Gone are the traditional battle the minions and then battle the gym leader. Now you have challenges, each one different, using many different features before you get to the actual battle. These island challenges really kept me interested and I looked forward to seeing what the next one would bring. The story, one of my personal favorites. It has a lot of weight to it, and I felt actually engaged as the problems began to grow more series, furthering my need to save this world and it's people. The pokemon? Love them. The new designs are fun, and the alolan versions of kanto pokemon made playing with old favorites all the more interesting. Wether your new to the series or a returning fan, this game is an excellent entry in the series. Can't wait for the next one, keep em coming Game Freak

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Newcomer friendly to a fault

      Posted
      CitizenErased
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      Overall this was a pretty charming, decent pokemon game. I've been playing since Red and Blue though so that's where I'm coming from when reviewing this game. The intro of the game is charming but the constant tutorials outstay their welcome imo. If it was all story I wouldn't mind. But 10 minute one sided dialogue exchanges about desert quickly get boring. Beware if you own any DS that is NOT a NEW 3DS or NEW 2dsXL, the loading times might get on your nerves especially during battles with many pokemon or very flashy moves. That being said, it's still a fun pokemon journey with interesting new monsters this 7th gen. Try it but do your research first so you know what you're getting into.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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