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Pokémon Sun And Moon Confirmed, Out This Year For 3DS

Ladies and gentlemen, get ready for a new generation of Pokémon. About time, too: Pokémon X and Y came out in 2013, so it’s been a while since we’ve gotten a new game in the main series.

While the logos for the new Pokemon games leaked yesterday, we actually got to see a second or two of concept art during today’s Pokémon Direct. You can see it above in the top GIF, or near the end of the trailer, which spends 99% of its runtime reminding you that it’s Pokémon’s 20th anniversary. Honestly, despite all that legacy hype leading up to the announcement in this trailer, we don’t actually get to see much that’s new here.

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You can’t even tell where the next locale is, though you can make out a Blastoise riding in a damn fire truck, along with what appears to be a Machamp in the back of another truck. This is the bulk of what we know about the new games, hilariously enough: Pokémon Sun and Moon will have many different varieties of trucks.

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The Pokecenters appear to have a new look as well:

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It’s also kind of cool to see how they actually make Pokémon designs in this footage. Could this be whatever bird Pokémon players can catch at the start of the game—the new Pidgey, if you will?

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According to The Pokémon Company, Pokémon Sun and Moon will be out later this year for the holidays, and they will release worldwide in nine different languages. Awesome, though I am kind of bummed we’re apparently not getting a Pokémon Z. Sorry, Zygarde.

We are, however, getting a re-release of Pokémon Red and Blue tomorrow, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pokémon. The timing here is important, as having the ability to play the older games on newer hardware means players will be able to upload those critters to Pokémon Bank. Here’s how it’ll work, according to The Pokémon Company.

This online storage application will make it possible for fans to move Pokémon wirelessly from Pokémon Red Version, Pokémon Blue Version and Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition, which come to the Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS on February 27, to Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. Pokémon from Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, and Pokémon Y can also be transferred to Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon through Pokémon Bank

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DISCUSSION

So, let’s speculate. They said that you can send RBY Pokémon from Bank to Sun/Moon. Now, the reason given for not allowing transfer from GSC to RSE is a difference in the GB & GBA hardware. While this is likely true, the data structure for Pokémon also changed significantly between the second and third generations. In other words, when you send an RBY Pokémon to Bank, there are going to be some massive conversions.

1) IVs. In RBY, IVs go from 0-15 and the HP IV is calculated based on the other four (remember, Special wasn’t split into SpAtk & SpDef until Gold/Silver). In all games since Ruby/Sapphire, IVs go from 0-31. Will transferred Pokémon have their IVs adjusted to the new scale, or will all RBY Pokémon be mediocre at best?
2) EVs. RBY used Stat EXP, which is wildly different than the EV system used in RSE. I think the solution here is obvious- just wipe Stat EXP on transfer. Unless they remove the 510 EV cap, there’s no way to convert Stat EXP to EVs since under the old system you could max every stat. This will look weird when the Pokémon you raised from level 5 to level 70 looks essentially “untrained”, but eh.
3) Nature/Ability. I’m pretty sure these will just be assigned at random. It’d be nice if transferring a Pokémon could result in a Hidden Ability, but I doubt it.
4) Gender. Just tossing this out since it could go one of two ways- use Gold/Silver’s method of assigning gender based on IVs, or assign at random.
5) Shinies. This is another “if they were also doing GSC” question- a Pokémon from the original RBY could be shiny in GSC if it had the right criteria. My guess is that RBY transferred Pokémon won’t be able to be Shiny, but they could either assign it at random or use the GSC criteria.