Nintendo Reveals the Adorable Starters for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon

Nintendo Reveals the Adorable Starters for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon

A fire cat! A clown seal! An owl with a leaf for a bow tie!

Good day, Pokémon fans. The new starters for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon have been unveiled, and they're lined up to receive your adulation and your apathy, your excitement and your scorn.

As per Pokémon tradition, the starters are a Fire type, a Grass type, and a Water type. Litten is a black "Fire Cat Pokémon" with striking red markings. Rowlet is a "Grass Quill Pokémon" whose adorable leaf bow tie is almost enough to make you forget it can do that 180-degree Exorcist thing with its head. Popplio, the "Sea Lion Pokémon," is pretty goofy looking, which means he'll probably have the coolest final form out of the three starters.

The trailer for Pokémon Sun and Moon reveals the games take place in the balmy Alola region. Azure seas, palm trees, and open shirts abound. Even the background music features beats from a Samoan pahu drum.

The covers for Pokémon Sun and Moon feature artwork of what's assumed to be the games' legendary Pokémon. The Sun cover highlights a huge white lion, whereas Moon appropriately showcases a giant bat. Maybe if you capture it, it'll keep swarms of Zubats from harassing you whenever you set one foot into a cave.

Pokémon Sun and Moon are coming to the Nintendo 2DS and 3DS on November 18. It's worth throwing out the reminder that this is the first official set of Pokémon games coming to China. In fact, the Japanese trailer for the games carries a theme of making new friends in new countries. It's pretty adorable.

So, how about it? Are you Team Litten, Team Rowlet, or Team Popplio? Obviously Team Litten is the only correct answer, but let's have an exchange of opinions.

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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,, 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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