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Pokémon Sun and Moon Is Getting A Bracelet Peripheral

[Image: Takara Tomy]
[Image: Takara Tomy]
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It’s called the Z Ring, and it’s supposed to be worn while playing Sun and Moon.

Japanese toy-maker Takara Tomy is releasing the kiddy-friendly peripheral. Children wear the bracelet, which blinks, makes noise and vibrates when characters do in-game Z-moves that can be unleashed only once per battle.

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[Image: Takara Tomy]
[Image: Takara Tomy]

There are 18 different Z Ring crystals kids can collect, and they all seem to correspond to a different Z-move.

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[Image: Takara Tomy]
[Image: Takara Tomy]

The Z Ring is priced at 2,600 yen (US$25.60) and comes with one Z Crystal. Each set of Z Crystals is 599 yen ($5.90) and comes with three different crystals. There is a special bundle that includes the Z Ring and six Z Crystals for 4,490 yen ($44.19).

[Image: Takara Tomy]
[Image: Takara Tomy]

This seems like it’s taking a page from Yokai Watch’s business playbook, but will likely be the hot toy will it launches in Japan on November 18 when Sun and Moon are released. No word yet on an international release.

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August 2 5:21am Update: Sun and Moon’s international site also lists the Z Ring, so expect a worldwide release.

Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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DISCUSSION

Okay but.

Does it actually do anything in-game? Does not having this thing (and the EIGHTEEN different parts) limit you in any way?