With Niantics Huge success with Pokemon Go, Nintendo have to raise the stakes with its new installment to the pokemon series Sun & Moon, they have made a couple of changes such as the new Alola forms of previous pokemon. What is New is Pokemon Sun & Moon.
Pokémon introduces Alola forms
The new versions, called Alola forms, represent “the different microclimates in the Alola region”, the part of the Pokémon world where the two new games are set. In practice, they represent the first inklings of evolution in the Pokémon universe, as specific Pokémon adapt to the climates in which they live.
Among the Pokémon revealed in Monday’s trailer were new forms of Vulpix and Ninetails, the fire-foxes from the original games, and Sandshrew and Sandslash, the … armadillo moles? The Alolan forms of the four Pokémon have changed to better suit “the harsh environment of the snow mountains” in which they now live. Vulpix and Ninetails are now Ice and Ice/Fairy respectively, as opposed to the Fire types of the originals, while Sandshrew and Sandslash are Ice/Steel instead of their original Ground types.
The biggest change is reserved for Exeggutor, the weird squat egg/palm tree hybrid which is a combined Grass/Psychic type in the original games. In Alola, “strong sunlight pours down all year round”, and Exeggutor thrives, growing to 35 feet tall and swapping its Psychic subtype for a Dragon.
Also one of its heads moves to its tail, “and can take on opponents to the rear that can’t be reached by the main heads’ attacks”. Which seems like a pretty bum deal.
It is probably not a coincidence that the change affects five Pokémon all hailing from the original trio of Pokémon games, Red, Blue and Green. As the number of Pokémon has ballooned to over 700, the franchise has seen diminishing returns with each new introduction: while the success of Pokémon Go reveals that the fan connection with the original 150 Pokémon is as strong as it ever was, the number of people who can tell a Pancham from a Swirlix is much smaller.
So expanding the Pokémon pool by offering new spins on old favourites could work to get players excited about the new games. It already seems to be working: the fan reaction to the Alola forms is some of the most positive since Pokémon Sun and Moon were first announced.
Ever since the Release of Pokemon X & Y the Company has had to change the original routine and mechanics of the Pokemon Games to bring new Material and Ideas to the Game. Are you guys excited about Sun & Moon? What is New is Pokemon Sun & Moon.