Our Hopes for Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon
When Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon were first announced, many fans were confused over what they even were. Sequels to Pokémon Sun and Moon? A traditional “third version,” but released as two games? And if they’re updated versions of Sun and Moon, how different would they be?
Fortunately, The Pokémon Company has since revealed answers: they are indeed like the old third versions, but with even more changes than Emerald and Platinum had. With that in mind and with their release date set for this Friday, let’s talk about our biggest hopes for Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon.
Less Tutorial Content
This might be a minor point, but the tutorial section of Sun and Moon went on for… quite a while. Since many players will be coming from Sun and Moon, we hope Ultra Sun and Moon will tone down the tutorial a bit.
A Long Scenario
Around the same time that the “Darkness Approaches Alola” trailer came out, it was revealed in an interview that Ultra Sun and Moon would have a scenario about twice that of Sun and Moon. That would make the games roughly twice as long. However, a different translation said Ultra Sun and Moon would make the Sun/Moon/US/UM generation twice as long as Sun/Moon alone, which would make them roughly the same length. Personally, since Ultra Sun and Moon will retread some of the same ground as Sun/Moon, we hope to see a lengthy scenario that makes them stand on their own as worthy entries in the series.
Rainbow Rocket Storyline
Before we go any further, check out the Rainbow Rocket trailer if you haven’t already seen it.
To make a long story short, Giovanni has assembled a new evil team that includes the villains of past Pokémon games. According to leaks about Team Rainbow Rocket ahead of the official announcement, they come from alternate universes where they won.
Whether that is true or not, there is tons of awesome story potential in Team Rainbow Rocket. Therefore, while this could be some sort of boss rush (which would be a disappointment), we hope there’s genuine story content around Team Rainbow Rocket that does them justice.
Satisfying Story Differences
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon feature an alternate version of the story in the original Sun and Moon, including a new plot about Necrozma and another new team called the Ultra Recon Squad. The Ultra Recon Squad is supposed to show up early in the game, leading to storyline differences from near the beginning. We hope these differences are substantial enough to make it feel like a new adventure.
While it doesn’t need to be the Player Search System specifically, the PSS was a much more convenient system than Sun and Moon’s Festival Plaza, so we’d love to see a more functional system return in Ultra Sun and Moon. We’d like to see the Festival Plaza system revamped, if nothing else.
This is a divisive feature, but there’s nothing more annoying when you’re trying to catch a Pokémon in Sun and Moon than when it calls for help. Whether they restrict the “SOS Battle” feature to Totem Pokémon or make it so that you can catch a Pokémon even while more than one is on the field, there are many ways this could be adjusted to be less frustrating. They mentioned in an interview that Pokémon catching will be easier in Ultra Sun and Moon, so we hope this is what that referred to.
These are our biggest hopes for Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon based on the information we currently know. What features and content do you hope to see? Let us know in the comments!