- System: Nintendo 3DS
- Publisher: Nintendo Co., Ltd., The Pokémon Company
- Developer: Game Freak
- Release Date: Nintendo 17, 2017
- Rating: E for Everyone
- Genre: RPG
- Players: Single Player
- Official Website: https://www.Pokemon-sunmoon.com/ultra/en-us/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Of course, if you’re not into capturing all of the Pokemon—Why are you even playing? Just kidding—there are a few new activities that we’ve received in this new installment. First, we have Mantine Surf, in which you try to score as many points as possible while doing tricks as you surf on Mantine. Then there’s the Alola Photo Club. And let’s not forget the most important: The Ultra Warp Ride, which you will use to travel through wormholes to encounter as many rare Pokemon as you possibly can!
On top of all that, certain Pokemon will be joining the growing list of Pokemon with Z-moves and Rotom has even been upgraded to include a boost rewarding feature called Roto-Loto! This way, you will be sure that your gameplay will not be exactly the same as the previous game.
Pokemon Ultra Sun & Moon Trailer
While the game does start relatively faster, that doesn’t take away from the fact that Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon plays almost the same as Sun and Moon, at least at the beginning. Unless you are blazing through the game out of sheer will, the first 20 or so hours will bore you as it plays exactly like Sun and Moon, probably forcing you to take your time with the game as there’s almost nothing new minus a few features that add small touches to your gameplay. It’s the plot that really makes the game drag as you aren’t exactly incentivised to keep playing with nothing new occuring.
However, towards the end is when things begin to change. You finally get a better idea of what is going on with the Ultra Recon Squad, which just seem to be observers until now, and you can travel through wormholes to find rare Pokemon. It is at this point that we actually see a noticeable difference between Sun and Moon and Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
Aside from the changes in the overall plot, you will notice in the game how much more depth there is in NPCs and gameplay. Game characters will mention how they wish to see one Pokemon or how they want to see if a Pokemon evolves upon being traded. One NPC asked to trade a Phantumps in hopes of seeing them evolve post trade! There are so many NPCs who give you these sort of “quests” that you are sure to keep occupied even after you finish the main story. Now, how will you ever remember where everyone is?
To add to that, we are reminded of the interactable Pokemon that you will encounter along your journey. These Pokemon will allow you to play with them. As you build up their affection, they will run up to you as you run by in order to play. While nothing is known about this feature, it is still pretty cute to have them turn your way and follow you around. We should also add that there are a few extras in-game that you may notice like characters who have their own backstories like the poor abandoned Stufful that just wants to melt your heart! Be sure to check back in with them postgame to see how they are fairing.
Of course, our favorite feature has to be the larger Pokedex in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. We enjoyed being able to catch all sorts of Pokemon this time around and took advantage of the Island Scan feature to fill our party with some of our favorites like Bulbasaur and Charmander, which were available fairly early on in the game. This helped to round out our parties in anticipation for future battles.
Before we forget, we should talk about the Mantine Surf, which is fun in itself. If you liked the Pokeathlon from HeartGold and SoulSilver, you may enjoy doing the Mantine Surf, especially beating all of the records that other NPCs have set. Of course, this may not be your thing if you’re not into the sports from the Pokeathlon or minigames like them. This is a rather novel feature that can be fun, but we must admit, we were more than happy when we realized we could take the ferry to other islands until we received Charizard to fly on.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- New additional features are great making the gameplay seem less redundant/repetitive
- Lots of cute additions like Pikachu Valley and interactable Pokemon throughout Alola
- There are various quests all over the island which will keep you busy even after finishing the main story
- Great new plot and alternate timeline which tops Sun and Moon’s plot
- All your favorite characters, and villains, come back for this alternate timeline of Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
- A hefty price for what is essentially a DLC-type of addition to the original Pokemon Sun and Moon game
- Ultra Recon Squad/Team Skull plots seem disjointed and unnatural together at first
- The new features in the game add cute touches but may not always be the most thrilling additions
- It takes a lot of willpower to power through the first part of the game, which is essentially the same as the original Sun and Moon games