Data miners have uncovered what appears to be an unused "buddy" system in Pokémon Sun and Moon.

This feature - which shows a Pokémon walking alongside you in the game - was showcased in previous titles but is absent from the most recent instalment, presumably to keep the game running at an acceptable pace on older 3DS consoles.

The mined data shows animations for various monsters, and a lot of effort has been put in - each type moves as you'd expect, with bird-types flying and Magikarp comically flopping along the floor.

Could these animations be reinstated in the rumoured Nintendo Switch version of the game? Time will tell, but until then, let us know what you think of this discovery by posting a comment below.

[via eurogamer.net, twitter.com]