Hello, my dear PUCLonians, and welcome to the first post-Pokémon Direct edition of The Fluff! Yes, as the Internet was able to figure out one day in advance (due to Europe again, somehow… we’re so rogueish), Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon were announced on Friday. And I can’t stop listening to the trailer. (I even asked Pokémon to let me buy the music on Twitter, but no luck with that so far.)
So… what does it mean? What are we getting? What can we expect? We have exceedingly few facts to go on, and yet, I think there’s a lot to be said.
Like you ever have trouble finding things to talk about.
Er… Whimsicott, if you butt in, the article isn’t going to get any shorter.
First off, kudos to Pokémon for making a super hype, amazingly compelling trailer without, you know, showing a single image of the actual game. I am hoping beyond hope that it doesn’t mean there’s no game footage available, because that would make for rather rushed games, with the end of year release date. Which, by the way, was announced as worldwide, so if I end up getting the game late again, someone at Nintendo is going to find their house filled to the brim with cotton balls.
I’d say you should ask me before promising that, but you know I can’t pass up an opportunity like that.
I figured. Of course, the wham factor of the Sun and Moon reveal was rather dulled by the leak, so I ended up freaking out more about the fact that the Virtual Console Gen I games will be able to interact with Sun and Moon through Pokémon Bank. I really did not see that coming.
After I got over the disappointment of not getting to see Starters, Legendaries, or, well, anything besides the names, I immediately went back to the trailer to pore over the few glimpses of concept art and development work we got. And boy, was there ever a lot in those few seconds. (I uploaded giant pictures to the website. I apologize if they took a while to load, but hey, you can click on them and join the hunt for details! Or even read the text, if you know Japanese!)
The Pokémon Center is adorably round… and we can see its back. Dare I hope that it means we’ll get a fully explorable world with more than one or two camera angles? I doubt Pokémon would abandon the third person, fixed view, but wouldn’t that be amazingly immersive?
And while we’re at it, can we ride in a truck with a Pokémon? I mean, I can live without that, but isn’t the Blastoise-equipped (presumable) fire truck fantastic? And that ambulance! Could you find one on a longer Route, to heal your Pokémon on the go? And speaking of Pokémon…
Yes! This is undoubtedly a new Pokémon. Which the Internet has already drawn in many adorable ways. I won’t say much about it, because we can’t really see a lot… but its head has a very cool shape. Could it be based on a woodpecker? Other people think so, too.
This image is one that has really captured my attention… and which is apparently even more interesting than I thought. Twitter user @T_Tokemaru has pointed out that the hotel in the picture is a dead ringer for the famous Raffles hotel in Singapore.
The resemblance is indeed uncanny, and obviously intentional. Could this mean the games will be set in Singapore? We’ll be going back to geographical speculation later, because there’s actually another very convincing theory about where the game will be set…
You seem very sure it’s going to be a new region.
Yes! Let me tell you why.
Gen VII? Well… yes.
First off, the official website says: “Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are coming out for systems in the Nintendo 3DS family in holiday 2016, with a new world, new Pokémon, and new adventures to discover!” That sounds like a new Gen to me. Plus, also from the official website, we have the information that Pokémon from X&Y and ORAS will be able to be brought into Sun and Moon… through Pokémon Bank, much like those from the VC games. Add to that a new location and a new Pokémon, and it’s rather obvious that Sun and Moon are going to be Gen VII.
It is pretty convincing so far.
Want more evidence? Well, this isn’t as factual as the above, but check out the trailer again (which, by the way, calls Sun and Moon “an all-new Pokémon game”). In the lead up to the Sun and Moon announcement, we get 1996 (Red and Green), 1999 (Gold and Silver), 2002 (Ruby and Sapphire), 2006 (Diamond and Pearl), 2010 (Black and White), 2013 (X and Y)… and then, in 2016, Sun and Moon. We only get mentions of the release dates of the games that actually started each generation; if you go back to the very start of the trailer, these are also the only starting screens you see. There are no third versions and no remakes pictured in that first sequence. The intention is pretty clear: Sun and Moon are the same as these games, and not the same as Crystal or ORAS. So yes, it’s going to be Gen VII. In fact, you know what’s written on the Italian website? “… è stata annunciata la nuova generazione dei giochi Pokémon: arrivano Pokémon Sole e Pokémon Luna!” I’m guessing you don’t need a translator to know what nuova generazione literally means.
So, that region thing?
Yes, let’s go back to that. As I said, the hotel and the palm trees are like a photograph of Singapore. So that seems pretty set, right? And yet… while Singapore is a very interesting country, it is also extremely tiny. A city-state, in fact. But of course they could pull another Unova, which was really just the New York area stretched and reimagined as a whole region. Singapore’s main language is Chinese, and they’re adding Chinese and Simplified Chinese to the languages available in the game. It all comes together quite nicely. But… there’s another theory.
Yeah? Where did you get it?
From my trusty Italian website, Pokémon Millennium. Cydonia, an awesome, awesome guy, made this video: https://youtu.be/j8LvW1aMB78, which I wish you all could understand. This theory has been brought up by others on YouTube, but I got extra details from this video. I’ll just tell you the most interesting parts. Remember that Niji rumor? It was apparently true, as the filenames for the logos found on the official website and in press release kits are not Sun and Moon, but Niji_A_logo and Niji_B_logo! And now, look at the license plate on this car.
Yes, that’s a rainbow. My dear Americans, does that remind you of any of your lovely States? Yup! That’s a Hawaiian license plate! And that fire truck with Blastoise is yellow… guess what the most famous place in the world with yellow fire trucks is? And the Strange Souvenir from X&Y looks a lot like the Hawaiian tiki statues depicting deities like, oh, Maui, who reined in the Sun, and his mother Hina, the… Goddess of the Moon, said to reside in a cave behind… Rainbow Falls.
Wow. That could fit pretty nicely.
Indeed. And remember the “flowers” hint from J. C. Smith a while back?
Yes, Cydonia has me pretty convinced. Besides, people started screaming “Sun and Moon confirmed!” when the trailer showed a double battle with Solrock and Lunatone, but the trailer also showed this:
And besides teeny tiny Reunion Island, where’s the only place in the world where you can be (or fool your 3DS into thinking you are) in order to have an Ocean pattern Vivillon?
Yes. We might be going to Hawaii, baby!
But… why Sun and Moon?
Oh, boy. I really, really don’t know. I mean, when the names and logos leaked, I thought Nintendo might be seriously trolling us, because they sounded so… fake! Come on, doesn’t Sun and Moon sound like a fan-made pair of games? And yet… here we are. I honestly don’t know if the Sun and the Moon refer to that Hawaiian myth, to Amaterasu and Tsukuyomi, to Mayan heroes/deities, or to whatever else. Every culture on Earth has given great importance to the Sun and Moon, obviously, so just from the names it’s impossible to tell. I do kind of wish we’ll get some more astronomy themes or references, because when they tried doing that before, I got so bored I forgot all about it.
I think Thatch’s Feraligatr might be about to Ice Punch us. Quick, change the subject!
Uh… logos! Right. Have you seen the Japanese ones?
Like their predecessors, they have an extra detail that might turn out to be very important (like the Mega Evolution symbol in the X&Y logos). See those gems? They look a lot like a Revive and, well, a blue Revive. But could they be something else? And why is the yellow gem in the blue game’s logo, and vice versa? Are we getting another Yin-Yang thing like in Black and White? I’m definitely waiting to find out what this means before picking my main version. As for what the gems might be… another Twitter user, @RogersBase, pointed out that something that looks very similar, the “Burst Heart, that allows humans to combine with Pokémon”, exists in the manga.
Now, the design is very generic, and I’m not sure if the games ever got inspiration from the manga on stuff like this, but I thought it was interesting enough to put it here.
You are not using one of those on me even if they are a thing, I’m warning you.
Oh dear, no. I haven’t forgotten the harsh lesson imparted by Bill in Gen I: keep your Pokémon as Pokémon and your humans as humans.
But what do you want?
Well… where do I start? I am, as you could probably tell, favoring the Hawaii thing over Singapore, because I watch Hawaii 5-0 and that stupid show is stupidly effective as a 45-minute promo for the Hawaiian Tourism Authority (if you don’t mind imaginary crimes, that is). Plus, rainbows. I love rainbows.
I dearly hope I can finally have one starter I can 100% fall in love with in each and every one of its evolutionary stages. I haven’t quite gotten that yet. And of course I hope I love the Pokémon: the night after the Direct, I had a dream that the Pokémon from Sun and Moon leaked and I hated every single one of them, and I was desperate.
I want a Fire/Grass Jalapeño Pokémon. I want a Fire/Fairy Will-o’-the-Wisp Pokémon. I’d love a Fairy/Dark one, too. And Thatch is still waiting on that Poison/Electric ant, Game Freak.
I want character customization back. I want Cottonee and Whimsicott to be catchable before the postgame. I want an interesting story with interesting characters, like in Gen V.
I hope, even though it’s looking unlikely, that we are indeed getting the Gold and Silver double-region deal, because there’s so much left behind in Kalos! I can’t believe we’re never going back there. Although… well… I’ll say this, even though there’s absolutely no way. The trailer says, after listing off the old games, “it all comes together” in Sun and Moon. And the website’s link to the news about the Virtual Console releases reads: “Begin your return to Kanto”. Begin. As in… there’s more returning to do? I’ll just put this out here and shut up, because that’s just reading too much into the wording, and as much as this is the year of Kanto, and there’s stuff left to do in Kalos, and the TCG is slowly covering all the generations, there’s no way it means that. Absolutely no way.
Until next time,
The Fluffiest Whimsicott