Well, it’s that time again folks! Yep, Nintendo’s released another trailer for Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, and this one shows all kinds of new features in the game. Here’s the video if you haven’t seen it yourself:
As you can see, there are all kinds of changes here. You’ve got tons more Pokémon, with a massive 400 of them in the Alola Pokedex alone. There are all new trial layouts and themes, with Mina even getting a trial of her own this time.
And well, things like the photo mechanics have been improved significantly. No longer are you merely photographing Pokémon in certain spots, now you’re able to take photos with you and your team in them instead! That’s pretty cool really. Especially if said pictures can be shared online afterwards.
But these aren’t the most interesting changes here. Oh no, that’s the surfing.
Because not only does Mantine now exist as a Ride Pokémon you can use, but you can use it to surf between the islands in Alola now!
Yup, no more needing boat rides to get around. You can now ride the waves between the islands on an actual Pokémon instead, complete with fancy tricks and giant waves to master. It’s a neat addition, and makes the world feel a bit more interconnected than it did before.
Add the other new mechanics we seen in the video, and well, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon just look more interesting than ever before. They’re not simple third versions, they’re all new games with major features.
It’s a pleasant surprise given their muted announcement back in June this year.
So, what do you think about it? Are you happy Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are getting these new surfing mechanics? Or the other things shown in the video?
Have your say on the matter at the Gaming Latest forums today!
In under a month, Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions will be released for the Nintendo 3DS. A remake of the original Superstar Saga on GBA, it promises to update the title for an all new generation, with improved graphics, music and gameplay elements to make it feel just as modern as its contemporaries.
But while the aesthetic changes are the most notable, it seems they’re not the only interesting ones. Nope, quite a few characters and mechanics have been switched or changed in the title too, ranging from the minor to the incredibly important.
So, let’s look at them, shall we? Let’s look at ten of the most interesting changes coming to Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions…
10. Mechawfuls are now involved in the storyline!
Starting with an interesting addition to the storyline. Namely, the Mechawful enemies from Mario & Luigi Bowser’s Inside Story.
These robot foes are now shown destroying Beanbean Castle Town when you first arrive, with a greater role being given to them in the Minion Quest mode too.
That’s interesting. Why? Well in the original Superstar Saga, Fawful wasn’t quite as much of an independent villain as he was in the later games. So, to see these guys appear now hints that his megalomania was present all along, and that he may not have been entirely loyal to Cackletta at all.
It’s an interesting change with quite a few implications for the series in general.
9. Along with Bowser Jr
Which is also the case with another early appearance from a later game foe. Yep, Bowser Jr makes an appearance in this game too.
We know this because he’s clearly shown in this piece of artwork for the Minion’s Quest mode included in the remake:
So, what’s his role?
Well, it’s hard to tell really. Based on the fact he’s only shown in Minion’s Quest, it’s likely he’s not making an appearance in the main mode.
But why would Bowser’s army fight his own son? Hmm, the plot thickens. Perhaps Fawful or Cackletta mind controlled them/ordered them around like the Koopalings in the main adventure?
We’ll have to wait and see!
8. The posters in the Yoshi Theatre get an overhaul
We won’t have to wait to find out about this change though! Because unfortunately for Wario and Starfy fans, the posters in the Yoshi Theatre got a major overhaul.
Yep, gone are the old ones, with cameos based on other Nintendo franchises. In their place are posters advertising films based on the other Mario & Luigi titles. Like one with the Shroobs, one with Prince Dreambert and one with the Brocks from Bowser’s Inside Story.
It’s an interesting change, and the new posters do look nice. However, it’s also a bit disappointing given the prominence of these cameos, or how they were the one-real Wario reference seen in a major Mario game in the last decade or so.
And it’s not just poster designs that have been affected here…
6. As does Blink’s design in his mini game
It’s character ones too. Because for whatever reason, Blink now looks nothing like Donkey Kong. Instead, he looks like a generic skeleton pirate:
And that’s disappointing if you ask me. There’s no real reason AlphaDream changed this, so it’s just taking away some of the character variety for the sake of it.
But this isn’t the last ‘interesting’ character design difference here. Oh no, another familiar face has been changed too…
5. Psycho Kamek is replaced by Dr Toadley
With Little Fungitown’s resident psychiatrist Psycho Kamek being replaced with Dr Toadley from Bowser’s Inside Story.
No, I’m not making this up. They switched out a character from Superstar Saga with a completely unrelated one from Bowser’s Inside Story:
That’s odd for a remake. But still, at least it’s a positive change. Psycho Kamek was a rather dull character in his only appearance, whereas Dr Toadley actually had a personality and unique way of speaking in his.
So, to see a one off replaced by a more interesting character isn’t a bad thing here. Just a completely unexpected change for a remake.
As you may have realised by this point, there seems to be a tendency for Nintendo games to leak online early. It’s happened to every Pokémon game known to man, with internet users getting both X and Y and Sun and Moon way before their intended release day.
It’s happened to Paper Mario Color Splash, thanks to an eShop blunder.
And now it seems to happen to Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions too! That’s because somehow, a user on 4chan managed to get the game early. One upload online later, and the whole game is now out there to download on various ROM sites.
It’s not the best situation for Nintendo to say the least. All that work hyping people up for a remake, and now it’s available illegally for free about a month before its release date. It’s the company’s worse nightmare.
But hey, every cloud has a silver lining. And when it comes to Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions, that silver lining is the soundtrack.
Why? Well, because that leaked online with the game too. What’s more, as people like Vector Harbour have proven, it’s an amazing soundtrack with all kinds of great songs. Like say, this new rendition of the Bowser’s Castle theme:
Or this incredible new boss theme for the Bowser’s Minions mode:
So, it’s good news for music lovers. Just go out, type the game’s name into Google and you’ll find all the music from the game you could ever want.
Just try and avoid any spoilers. Since with the game and music out there online, it’s not gonna be long till the endgame footage for the new content goes up as well…
With Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon fast approaching, it’s easy to forget that events are still happening for the original gen 7 games. After all, the new titles have the new Ultra Beasts we saw announced and Marshadow has already been distributed in a decent part of the world. What’s event left to see in Sun and Moon?
Well, Cap Pikachu that’s what! Because as the title suggests, Nintendo’s next event for the game is live and features special Pikachu forms with caps based on all the major generations. You’ve got the original cap version based on Red and Blue:
There are the Hoenn and Sinnoh versions based on gen 3 and 4:
And well, every other generation is represented there too. Right up to generation 7 with the Alola cap version:
It’s a nice series of Pikachu forms for every occasion.
Unfortunately for fans though, there’s just one catch.
You can only get ONE of these forms at a time. This form will be whatever one is being distributed when you type the special code into Mystery Gift, with the dates for each form being listed below:
- 19th September – 25th September 2017 – Original Cap Pikachu
- 26th September – 2nd October 2017 – Hoenn Cap Pikachu
- 3rd October – 9th October 2017 – Sinnoh Cap Pikachu
- 10th October 2017 – 16th October 2017 – Unova Cap Pikachu
- 17th October – 23rd October 2017 – Kalos Cap Pikachu
- 24th October – 30th October 2017 – Alola Cap Pikachu
Ever since Dusk Lycanroc was revealed, we’ve been getting more and more information about the differences in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. We found out that existing Pokémon have new forms and Z-Moves.
That additional areas would be added to the game:
Heck, we even got a surprise when new Pokémon were announced as exclusive to the new titles, in the form of UB Burst and UB Assembly:
As a result, it’s certainly looking more substantial than we initially imagined.
And it seems there’s even more surprises to come too. Why? Because a new poster for the game has been spotted in Japan, and this one holds some very interesting secrets. Have a look at it below:
Obviously, there’s quite a few confirmations of things we already know here. Like say, Gladion and Hau making reappearances. And there are some minor changes too. Like Lillie holding a Poke Ball (hinting she’ll be an actual trainer this time around).
But then there’s those people. Those ominous looking figures in front of the giant vortex.
Who are they? What are their goals?
It’s pretty obvious they’re up to no good. They dress like a hybrid of Team Galactic and the Aether Foundation and holding things akin to the Snag Machines in the Pokémon Colosseum series. So, it’s rather likely these are our new villains.
I mean, there’s already an unused music slot for a third villain team theme in the source code for Sun and Moon:
So, it seems like the song is for these guys. Additionally, we also have at least some idea about who one of the people is. That’s because it appears to be Faba from Sun and Moon, the mysterious Aether Foundation ‘branch chief’ who clearly had his own agenda throughout the game’s storyline. You can see what seems to be him on the left.
However, he’s not the main character here. No, those are the mysterious taller figures in front of him, who don’t match any characters we’ve seen as of this point in time.
This indicates the new antagonists are from outside Alola. Or at least, don’t have an immediate counterpart in the original titles.
And that’s not all it indicates too. No, it also indicates that Lusamine and Guzma might have a less important role in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
We know this because in the trailer for the game, Lusamine looks identical to how she did in Sun and Moon:
That doesn’t jive at all with the new uniform style shown by the new antagonists, and proves she’s likely not connected to them in any direct way.
Add Team Skull’s lack of presence here (Guzma aside), and it really does make you wonder what Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon have in store on a story level.
So, what do you think of it? Who are these new villains in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon? How do the existing villain teams factor into the whole deal?
Have your say in the comments below or on the Gaming Latest forums today!