Well, isn’t this a bit surprise? It’s only been a few days since the starter Pokemon and legendaries from Pokemon Sun and Moon were shown, and now we know of another new one! How? Well, Japanese magazine CoroCoro released a new trailer today:
In said trailer though, they messed up. Namely, they included footage showing a new Pokemon! It’s only visible for about a second or two, but it can clearly be seen at the left side of the screen 12 seconds in. Here’s a picture in case you missed it:
So what is it? Well, that’s a good question really. Personally, I think it looks like a small dog. Maybe a poodle or chihuahua type Pokemon? Other people think it could be the common normal type of the generation. Like Rattata, or Bidoof, or Bunnelby. Either way, it’s a new Pokemon. And presumably a fairly common one too.
But what do you think? What is this mysterious new generation 7 Pokemon seen in the trailer?
Well, it seems like that video announcement we were getting was really important after all! This is because earlier today, the official Pokemon Youtube channel posted up the first ever ‘real’ trailer for Pokemon Sun and Moon. The new trailer showed off the starter Pokemon, cover legendaries and region for the first time, and gave the game’s official release date as November 18th 2016. Here’s the video:
So let’s start with… well, the starter Pokemon. These are called Rowlet, Litten and Popplio, and are Grass/Flying, Fire and Water types respectively. Here’s Rowlett, the owl like Grass/Flying type starter Pokemon for generation 7:
Above: It’s called Mokuroh in Japan
Known as the Grass Quill Pokemon, it has the ability Overgrow as well as a new attack called Leafage, which has it attack opponents with its leaves. Said move is available the minute you get it in game (presumably at level 5).
The second starter Pokemon revealed is Litten. A fire cat known as the… well, Fire Cat Pokemon, it has the ability Blaze. No new moves for this Pokemon just yet, but apparently it uses the fur collected by grooming itself as fuel for its attacks. So yeah, your cat Pokemon is basically shooting fiery furballs at opponents. Here are some pictures showing off this kitty Pokemon:
Above: This cat is named Nyabby in Japan.
The final new starter is Popplio. A cute Water type seal, this Pokemon has the ability Torrent and uses ‘water balloons’ as part of its battle strategy. Again, no new moves have been revealed just yet, but it’s likely at least one future attack will draw on this gimmick. Either way, here are pictures of Popplio:
Above: Named Ashimari in Japan. Noticed a trend yet?
Other than the starters, the video also confirms the popular fan theory that the new region is based on Hawaii. This is backed up by not only the region’s very name (Alola), but also the tropical setting and tribal esque statues shown in the footage of the game. Also of note, the person who gives the main character their starter is named Hala in this game, and there’s another new character called Kukui as well. No idea who exactly these people are, but it’s likely the former is either the Pokemon professor or associated with them, given that past games had the starters given out by the main professor of the region.
Finally, the trailer also shows off the two main legendary Pokemon for the generation. No names given here yet, but here are pictures of the two regardless:
Based on the above pictures (and the box art), it seems clear that the rumours of a Sun Lion and a weird Moon like Pokemon were correct. And those leaked trademarks? Actually match the Japanese names of the revealed Sun/Moon starters! So I’ll call the fire legendary Solgaleo and Lunaala, since all evidence is pointing to those being the real names, and legendary names never change much when translated.
And before I forget, here are the box art designs for the new games:
They give you a nice clear view of Solgaleo and Lunaala here, and make it clear that they’re intended to represent the new regions.
Pokemon Sun and Moon will be released worldwide on November 18th 2016. If you want to visit the official website for the game, you can do so here.
The newest installment in EA’s Battlefield series has been announced. Officially called ‘Battlefield 1’, the game departs from the standard FPS cliches by being set during World War 1 rather than World War 2 or the present day. Here’s a trailer for the game:
Above: Not quite your usual FPS game setup…
As you can see, the setting has done wonders for the game’s originality. You got the brutal trench warfare that characterised this conflict. You’ve got horseback combat, since this was the last major war where mounted calvalry played an important role. The planes are all styled after the old school biplanes of the era. Either way, it seems a bit more interesting than the usual FPS game, and EA says it will feature some of the ‘largest and most dynamic battles in FPS history’.
There will also apparently be a heavy focus on melee combat, since weapons like bayonets, batons and rapiers were used more often in this conflict.
Battlefield 1 will be released on October 21st for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One, and will be available early through EA Access.
But what do you think about the game? Are you interested in the idea of an FPS game set during World War 1? Could this time period and setting make a nice change from the endless glut of modern day and futuristic shooters on the market?
Battlefield 1 Officially Confirmed – IGN
A short while ago, Nintendo announced that Medli from the Legend of Zelda The Wind Waker would be added as a new playable character in Hyrule Warriors Legends via DLC. However, while she was announced as a character a while back, we never saw much of her in game. A screenshot there, an artwork picture there… it was a small taste, but didn’t really suggest much gameplay wise.
But that’s now changed! Nintendo have released footage of her in Hyrule Warriors Legends at WonderCon 2016, as can be seen in this video:
So what’s interesting? Well, as somewhat fits a Rito character, she seems to use wind and air powers to take down enemies. Indeed, one even has her become some sort of tornado that tears through the forces of evil like a knife through butter! She also seems to use her harp as a weapon, though it doesn’t shine light like in the Wind Waker.
Either way, Medli looks to be a pretty cool character in Hyrule Warriors Legends. I just wish she was anything like this useful at fighting back in the Wind Waker itself…
It’s coming next month, so Nintendo have now released a new ‘game trailer’ for Star Fox Zero! Here it is:
So what’s interesting here? Well for one thing, I’d say the game looks a lot better than it did when it was first announced, and gives off the impression it might be the return to form the Star Fox series has long needed. Too much like Star Fox 64/Lylat Wars? Not really, since that’s exactly the kind of gameplay people have wanted for years. Would you rather have Star Fox, Lylat Force or something?
And the commentary is also something I guess. Okay, maybe it’s a little tired to keep rattling off the ‘do a barrel roll’ line now, but it’s at least not annoying like the voices in too many other Nintendo trailers and ads.
But what do you think? Are you excited for Star Fox Zero based on what you’ve seen in the trailer above?