As revealed by Nintendo on June 6 during their Nintendo Direct event, Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon will be releasing on Nintendo 3DS towards the end of this year, telling an alternate story to the one told in the Sun and Moon games.
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Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon Essential Information:
- Release Date: November 17, 2017
- Price: $39.99
- Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Release Date
Although the game made a very brief appearance in the 8-minute Nintendo Direct, Nintendo did reveal that the Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon release date is November 17, 2017 - it will be releasing for 3DS worldwide on the same date.
Despite the release of the Nintendo Switch just months ago, it doesn't appear at this time as though Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon are coming to the console, but Pokken Tournament DX was instead revealed as the Pokemon game coming to the Nintendo Switch.
However, despite eagle-eyed fans noticing that the listing for Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon originally mentioned a Switch version on the official Nintendo UK press site, this listing was then removed shortly afterwards.
Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon Team Rainbow Rocket
In the trailer just below, shortly before the release of Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon, we got a look at some of the new rivals you'll be taking on later in November. Team Rainbow Rocket have been revealed for the game, which means you'll be facing off against some of the most notable members of the organisation from the past 20 years.
Elsewhere, you'll be able to venture into the Battle Agency, where you can team up with other trainers, and borrow their Pokemon to take on rival trainers. You'll be able to battle key characters met throughout the main story of Pokemon Sun and Moon, and earn rare items for your efforts. We also got a glimpse of some brand new Legendary Pokemon, including Mewtwo!
Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon include other brand new monsters, on top of evolutions for Solgaleo and Lunala, the two Legendary Pokemon that were seen in Pokemon Sun and Moon, respectively. A brand new trailer for Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon shows off the Ultra Beasts and how you can travel through Ultra Wormholes to explore worlds beyond Alola.
Later on in October, we got another brand new trailer for Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon, which showed some of the brand new content that wasn't present in the original game. We can see new conversations with Guzma, Gladion, Kukui and others, as well as glimpses of new powerful Pokemon, all of which we'll have to wait until the game releases to know anything more about.
Up to the eventual release of Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon near the end of 2017, keep an eye on this page, as we'll be updating it with any additional information revealed by Nintendo for both games.
Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon Veteran Trainer's Dual Pack Edition
You can see the brand new Veteran Trainer's Dual Pack for Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon just below, which will retail for the premium price of $79.99, and contain both Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon, 16 art cards, and a downloadable card for 200 in-game Pokeballs.
Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon New Content
Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon might have appeared to merely be re-releases of the games that released last year for the Nintendo 3DS, but this isn't the case, as Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon will tell brand new stories within the world established in Pokemon Sun and Moon.
These new stories will be set within the region of Alola, which we previously explored back in Pokemon Sun and Moon. The Pikachu Island area of Pokemon Sun and Moon could briefly be seen in the Nintendo Direct, meaning that we will be revisiting past locations.
But Pokemon director Junichi Masuda revealed that Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon would go beyond simply telling new stories, including brand new monsters, as well as new mega-evolutions of the two Legendary Pokemon from each game, these being Solgaleo for Pokemon Sun, and Lunala for Pokemon Moon.
One new feature for the re-release of Pokemon Sun and Moon will be a brand new variety of Z-Moves. If you're not familiar with the term, it's a special move unique to each type of Pokemon, that a trainer can use once during a battle in an attempt to obliterate their opponent.
New Z-Moves aren't the only new content, as players will be able to equip their characters with brand new equipment in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon. All of the brand new accessories for each character choice can be seen just below:
The new trailer below for Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon promises that new secrets of the Alola region will be revealed. What exactly are these secrets? Your guess is as good as ours.
In late September we got some additional brand new details for Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon, including the return of the island challenge, and some brand new Pokemon that weren't seen in the original version of the game.
The above trailer highlights many of the changes that will be implemented in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon, including the Mina's New Trial, a total list of more than 400 Pokemon, Alola Photo Club, and Mantine's Surf ability. We don't have any details apart from the information shared in the trailer above, but we'll keep an ear out for any information regarding brand new features like the Alola Photo Club.
Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon Dusk Form Lycanroc
Speaking of brand new monsters being revealed for Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon, Dusk Form Lycanroc has just been revealed for the upcoming reissue of the game, the image of which you can see below.
This unique form of the Lycanroc shares similarities between the Midday and Midnight versions of Lycanroc, which were found in Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, respectively. Dusk Form Lycanroc can learn both Accelerock and Counter, the former of which is a Rock-type physical move that always goes first, while the latter is a Fighting-type move that inflicts double the damage received by an opponent's physical attack.
However, in order to get the special Rockruff that is needed to evolve the Dusk Form Lycanroc, you'll need to pre-order either Pokemon Ultra Sun or Pokemon Ultra Moon, before they release on November 17, 2017.
Unfortunately, there was no mention of the long-rumored Pokemon Stars, which was slated to be the working title for the port of Pokemon Sun and Moon, which was said to be coming to the Nintendo Switch. However there is still time for an announcement.
For now, this is all the information we have to go on with Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon. We'll continually be updating this post with new information from Nintendo as soon as the company announces anything, right up until the worldwide launch of the game on November 17.