Pokémon Ultra Sun

Last November in our review of Pokémon Sun and Moon, where we gave the game 9/10 , we shared how these two titles revived our love for this 20 year old series, with beautiful Hawaii-inspired surroundings and brand new supplements to the series as Alola variants and eye tests. One year later, and with the sad news that this will be the last Pokémon game for 3DS, we get two improved editions: Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. These two releases are reportedly the cumulation of the series; former legendary Pokémons and villain organizations make a comeback, while several aspects of the seventh generation are improved. These games are by far the best choice for those who missed Sun and M4oon last year, but are there enough to tempt old fans back to Alola's tropical beaches?

I can say right away that those who are looking for a whole new experience in these games will be disappointed. Just like Yellow, Crystal and Emerald, the Ultra Sun / Moon follows the same path as the predecessors, and you will undergo the same trials, fight the same coaches and scroll through much of the same dialog you did in Sun / Moon. But although all these elements are the same, Gamefreak has taken into account old fans and added some variations to the games. Many of the island trials have gotten new totem Pokémon, they have brand new Z attacks you can try out in matches and now you can capture about 400 different poker monsters.

The main attraction of the Ultra versions has been the new and improved story, where the threat is greater and we are recalling some famous faces. The legendary poker monkey Necrozma is the big star of the show this time, threatening to remove all light from the world. All the horrors of previous generations appear in a super group called Rainbow Rocket, led by Giovani. I do not want to say so much more than that, other than that the story was much more engaging this time and was a nostalgic hoist from beginning to end.

As mentioned earlier, Ultra Sun and Moon boasts over 400 Pokémon, from Gen 1 favorites to brand new creatures and Alola variants. The games also go one step further and introduces brand new ultrabeist and pokémon variants. The new ultra-beasts include super cute UB Adhesive, clumpy UB Burst, and UB Assembly, resembling a bunch of bricks. The new Rockruff variant is a cool mix of midnight and morning variants, but is only available for a short period of launch (something a little frustrating if you're late for the party to say that). But that said, you have plenty of opportunity to put together the perfect team, even though it is a bit short of new Alola variants.

Around Alola you will find totem brands that you can collect and change to a totem-sized pokemon. These brands can be found anywhere; in someone's fridge or in the middle of a fountain, and it encourages you to explore every inch of the tropical region. Some of the brands also require you to return to areas you have already explored because, for example, you need a fishing rod to fish a mark out of a stream. The very treasure hunt is mostly fun, we are just a bit disappointed with the treasure. Many of the totem poker monsters can be caught out in nature and we wish Gamefreak had only given us the opportunity to catch our own totem pokemon. In addition, you have the Pokémon Battle Agency where you can rent any poker monkey and use them in combat, and really feel how it's fighting creatures you have not caught yet.