Three new Pokémon games are slated for this year, and they couldn’t be more different. One is a mobile phone augmented reality game from Niantic, called Pokémon GO, and the other two are the next 3DS entries in the main series, Pokémon Sun and Moon.
Pokémon GO and Pokémon Sun and Moon are all Pokémon games, and as such they share a few basic characteristics: you’ll catch Pokémon, train them, evolve them into more powerful forms, and fight other trainers while challenging Pokémon Gyms. However, there are many differences.
The main draw of Pokémon GO is its use of augmented reality to let you catch Pokémon in the real world. Your physical location determines which Pokémon you can encounter, and key locations in the real world will be PokéStops where you can get items, or Pokémon Gyms defended by players’ Pokémon.
In contrast, Pokémon Sun and Moon takes place within the Pokémon universe and is set in a new region called Alola. The Alola region is a series of islands based on Hawaii, where you’ll encounter new characters and Pokémon as you fight Gym Leaders to eventually challenge the Pokémon Champion.
Right now, it’s unknown if Pokémon GO has a plot, but Pokémon Sun and Moon will.
Pokémon GO also deviates from the main series by having action combat. The field tests have shown a fast attack, a more powerful charged attack, and the ability to dodge your opponent.
Pokémon Sun and Moon should have the series’ traditional turn-based combat, where your Pokémon knows different moves depending on its type and level.
There are many other little differences between the games, as well. For example, it does not appear you actually fight wild Pokémon in Pokémon GO, which is a key part of catching Pokémon in the main series. As another example, you’ll evolve your Sun and Moon Pokémon by leveling them up, while Pokémon GO evolution occurs when you catch many of the same type of Pokémon.
Finally, of course, Pokémon GO is for iOS and Android phones, and Pokémon Sun and Moon are for the Nintendo 3DS.
Are you excited for Pokémon GO? Pokémon Sun and Moon? Which are you looking forward to the most?
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