It’s really the year of Pokémon: The summer’s Pokémon Go mania, now in abeyance, has graduated to the next big thing: Pokémon Sun and Moon, out today for the Nintendo 3DS. A lot of mobile players aren’t Nintendo 3DS owners or just discovered Pokémon for the first time through Pokémon Go, but now the big kahuna is out there. A real, full-fledged pair of Pokémon games that happen to be the best ones ever. Should the casual Pokémon Go player give them a try?
Should Pokémon Go Players Try Pokémon Sun and Moon?
Pokémon Sun And Moon
Pokémon Go is pretty in-depth as far as mobile games go, and captures part of the essence of the Pokémon series very well. Namely, the quest to catch ‘em all, enhanced through a real-life map and AR technology. But Pokémon Go is just a tiny portion of the essence of Pokémon, an essence that is expressed like never before in Pokémon Sun and Moon. The game has so much to offer that Pokémon Go doesn’t have, most notably leveling up and evolving Pokémon, fighting other trainers, and having a grand ol’ adventure.
Pokémon Go isn’t an RPG like Pokémon Sun and Moon… these kinds of games aren’t really a casual experience. The Pokémon RPGs aren’t terribly difficult or hard to understand, but you can’t just play them for five to ten minutes a day while you’re walking on the street. You’re going to need a reasonable amount of time—twenty hours or so—to really sink your teeth into the game. But you’ll get a lot more out of it.
Pokémon Sun and Moon have something for pretty much everyone. If you’re a really serious trainer, beating the game and diving into competitive online multiplayer can both be very rewarding. If you like collecting Pokémon, that element is obviously very prevalent. If you just want to play with some cute Pokémon, the Pokémon Refresh feature is perfect for you. Pokémon Go only scratches one or two itches; the new games offer a far greater array of features, each of which has more depth than any of the gameplay in Pokémon Go.
Pokémon Go players who were intrigued by the world of Pokémon should absolutely give Pokémon Sun and Moon a try. They’re very different games, but they evoke many of the same feelings as Pokémon Go, even though you won’t be seeing any Pokémon in the real world. They’re a far more in-depth experience, and demand a little more commitment over time… but it pays off handsomely.