Well, it’s happened again. Despite Nintendo trying to avoid leaks by restricting review copies, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon have leaked online, a good full week before their official release date. That’s pretty embarrassing given the situation with the original games. Or the likes of Breath of the Wild, Mario & Luigi Superstar or Super Mario Odyssey since then.
But it’s also good news for us too. Why? Because it means that thanks to some plucky dataminers, we now have information about all the new Pokémon and story elements added in the new titles! So, if you want to find out about Necrozma’s new forms or the new Pokémon included in the new titles, keep reading!
Remember how a few days ago, we saw Team Rocket return in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon? How shocked we were that the original villain team had made a comeback?
Well, it seems that things have gotten crazier still. That’s because as it turns out, Team Rocket isn’t in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. No, Team Rainbow Rocket is in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
And Team Rainbow Rocket is not just a new version of Team Rocket. Nope, it’s an all new, revamped version run by Giovanni with Mewtwo under their command. As well as every single villainous team leader in the series prior to Sun and Moon.
No, we are not kidding. Archie, Maxie, Cyrus, Ghetsis and Lysandre are all returning in these games, and all as part of this new Team Rainbow Rocket organisation. Here’s a trailer in case you don’t believe us:
As well as a few nice pieces of artwork showing the villain team off:
It’s seriously something we’d never have seen coming in a million years. What’s more, it’s not the only thing we wouldn’t have seen coming either.
Oh no. As it turns out, the changes revealed in the trailer aren’t limited to a Pokémon villain team legion of doom. Instead, it seems every legendary Pokémon in the series also returns in the game!
Yes, every single one.
Every legendary trio, every cover legendary, every random legendary Pokémon not connected to anything else… they’re all available by going to Ultra Space in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. It’s like the ultimate celebration of the Pokémon series, complete with everything fans have ever wanted in a single game. Like the ultimate fan fiction made reality.
So, kudos Nintendo. You’ve turned this game from a bit of filler into a Pokémon fan’s dream Pokémon game, and dialled up the hype to eleven as a result.
When it comes to villain teams in Pokemon, there’s usually simple rule in play:
Each generation has one villain team, who will be defeated in the main storyline, and then never seen again afterwards.
That’s it. There have certainly been the odd exception sure (Team Rocket in generation 2), but as a rule, villain teams in the Pokemon series do not return generation after generation. It’s been the case for every generation from gen 3 until now.
However, rules are made to be broken. And in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the villain team rulebook is also being thrown out of the window. Why? Because as a download card for the games shows, Team Rocket is returning in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
Yes, you read that right. Team Rocket. As in, the Team Rocket that appeared in the first two generations. They’re returning as antagonists in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. Here are some pictures proving it:
As you can tell, they’re not just flash in the pan side characters either. Oh no, they’ve got a new HQ in Alola, they’ve got updated Grunt designs and well, it seems like they may well be the main antagonists of the entire game. It’s an interesting return for such a beloved group of characters.
Yet that’s not the only interesting thing about it. Think about it. How many villain teams has Alola got active now?
Four. We’ve got Team Skull and the Aether Foundation from the original Sun and Moon, the Ultra Recon Squad making their debut in these games and now Team Rocket entering the fray as well. That means for the first time in series history, we’ve got multiple villainous teams operating in the same game. Not alternate games (like with Ruby and Sapphire’s teams). The same game with the same storyline.
That’s a very interesting change, and makes us wonder how the concept could be expanded in future titles. Could we see Team Galactic return to the spotlight again, given the Ultra Beasts and extradimensional travel is now confirmed possible? Could Lysandre have survived the events of X and Y, and be planning a comeback in a future title? Might Ghetsis not be completely brain damaged after all?
Who knows, but they’re all possibilities now. And well, with these games being the first to have multiple returning teams at once, the door’s wide open for interactions between them too. A legion of doom made up of returning Pokémon villains? Seems like it could be closer than you think!
But hey, what do you think about it all?
Are you happy Team Rocket are making a comeback in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon? What do you think their roles will be in these titles?
Post your opinions on the matter (and more) in the comments below or on the Gaming Latest forums today!
Team Rocket Spotted in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon (Serebii.net)
From the minute they were announced, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon have been under fire for their choice of console. After all, the Nintendo Switch has been a massive success at launch, and it’s clear now that the 3DS Pokémon games barely run on the system at all. Just look at Pokemon Sun and Moon. The games lag like mad in every double battle!
But now it seems there’s good news ahead. That’s because in a new interview with IGN, Game Freak director Shigeru Ohmori has gone and said that they’re treating the new games as the last Pokémon games to be released on the 3DS.
Here’s his quote about the matter in full:
With Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon,” explains Ohmori, “we’ve tried to eke that out more and really, really push the system to its absolute limits, and we’re now feeling that perhaps this is the maximum of what we can get out. So we’re really treating Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon as the culmination of our work with the 3DS system.”
In other words, it ends with Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. Game Freak have decided they’ve pushed the 3DS as far as it can go, and they’re moving away from the console after the current titles are done.
Thank god for that. We were worried we’d be stuck with the 3DS for years to come.
Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Will Be Last Pokémon Titles on 3DS (IGN)
Another day, another round of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon news! This time, we’ve got an all new trailer showing off some of the changes in the game’s story, courtesy of the official YouTube channel:
And this one has some interesting hints towards the new storyline. For instance, there are now comments about Necrozma stealing light. So it’s motivation is revealed here.
Along with Lusamine’s new role. Previously she was the villain, now she’s been attacked.
Finally, there are new scenes of Necrozma battling the old legendaries. This implies it attacks you midway through the game, with your legendary trying to stop it. Interesting to know. Especially given Necrozma somehow wins the ensuing battle.
So check out the trailer if you haven’t already seen it. It’s not long, but it gives some neat hints towards the plot none the less.
Then once you’re done… Tell us your thoughts here in the comments below!