Nintendo Reveals New Pokémon Sun and Moon Trailer, Plus Additional Plans for E3 2016

Nintendo Reveals New Pokémon Sun and Moon Trailer, Plus Additional Plans for E3 2016

The new Legend of Zelda is still Nintendo's main course at E3 2016, but Pokémon, Dragon Quest, and other Nintendo 3DS games are side-dishes.

Aloha! Nintendo delivered a new trailer for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon to us earlier this morning, along with some information about E3 2016: Contrary to appearances, Nintendo's role at the show won't be All Zelda All the Time.

Though Nintendo's show floor is still dedicated to the new Legend of Zelda game for the Wii U and NX, Nintendo Treehouse will stream the first live gameplay of Pokémon Sun and Moon on June 14, starting 9 a.m. PT. Day two of the Treehouse stream on June 15 includes more Zelda and more Pokémon (including Pokémon GO for mobile), as well as footage of Monster Hunter Generations, Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past, and Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE.

So you'll have to wait a couple of weeks to really see Pokémon Sun and Moon in action, but for now the latest trailer offers some cool footage of the new Legendaries, along with their names and types. The lion-like Sun Legendary is called Solgaleo, and it's a Psychic Steel hybrid. The bat-like Moon Legendary is called Lunala, and it's a Psychic Ghost hybrid.

The video also shows off the Legendaries' abilities, which Serebii outlines in detail. Solgaleo's "Full Metal Body" protects it against stat-lowering abilities like Intimidate, and Lunala's "Shadow Shield" dampens attacks that land when the attacker has full HP.

The new trailer takes a moment to introduce us to the games' new mentor, Professor Kukui. He appears laid-back and disinterested in wearing a shirt under his lab coat.

Finally, your new PokéDex has an injection of personality via a Rotom who's hitching a ride in the device. Rotom are Pokémon capable of possessing electronics, and it seems your PokéDex is no exception. It's not clear what the Rotom / PokéDex hybrid is capable of, but maybe it'll gently advise you against making disastrous team decisions ("It looks like your team contains six Bidoofs. Would you like some helpful advice?").

While Nintendo has its reasons for focusing its showing at this year's E3 around the new Legend of Zelda game, it's a little odd that it didn't assure us from the start that we'd also be seeing footage of Nintendo 3DS games like Dragon Quest VII and Pokémon Sun and Moon. Regardless, it looks like there's actually a bit of variety on the menu.

Nintendo will be streaming its Treehouse footage on June 14 and 15 through its YouTube channel, its Twitch channel, and its website. Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon will be available on November 18.

We're at E3 next week, covering the year's biggest gaming event. Be sure to check out all our coverage on our E3 2016 hub!

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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