Demos have come an awfully long way over the years, even to the point where these bite-sized chunks can be considered full games in their own right; you only have to look at the Bravely series to know what we're talking about. So it was no surprise when Nintendo announced the arrival of a demo for the upcoming Pokémon Sun & Moon, but will it heighten hype levels?
Naturally we're going to go into detail on what happens in the demo, so consider this your spoiler alert.
Straight away, having played the full game recently, the demo feels a bit out of place. Much like previous demos before it, it supposedly takes place before the events of the full title in a way in which it simply can't. Thankfully we're not pedantic enough to really care about the chronology for the demo of a game featuring fantastical creatures that defy countless physical laws, so let's move on.
You're gifted a Greninja by an anonymous letter-writer whom you carry around for the duration of the demo. Unfortunately, due to all the Poké Marts being "out of stock" and not being handed any Poké Balls by any characters, this is the only permanent member of your party.
You're treated to the usual 'welcome to this region' speech that you receive from most Pokémon games - before being guided around the various elements - that any long-time fan is probably sick to death of hearing. We understand that for new players these have to be explained, but an option to skip would be greatly appreciated nonetheless.
Once the tutorial has worn off you're asked if you want to take on a Trial in a nearby cave, which you heartily accept unless you downloaded the game and got this far somehow by accident. This Trial is very different to the one we indulged in during our preview, as you're required to use the Poké Finder to take photographs of two Jangmo-o and two Hakamo-o. As you photograph each one you startle it and have to engage it in the old-fashioned combat established back in Kanto.
The final Hakamo-o isn't of the ordinary variety, and turns out instead to be the Trial's Totem Pokémon. You have a quick battle alongside your largely overpowered Greninja and the battle comes to an end. What is nice, however, is that this is the first time you'll see Ash Greninja in the flesh thanks to its Battle Bond ability, which causes it to transform into this new self after causing an enemy monster to faint. Finally getting to see this beast in action is a really lovely feeling, but its ability becomes defunct at the end of the match, so you won't see much of it - which is a shame.
That's not the only new slice of action you'll get either; throughout the entire Trial Professor Kukui allows you to use his prized Pikachu, and upon completing the Trial he'll also give you a Z-Ring and Z-Stone which you can use in a brief battle against Team Skull Admin Plumeria.
Once you've sent Pulmeria packing you're gifted with a flashy video advertising the full game, which caused us initially to think that the entire demo was over. It wasn't, but there really isn't a lot more to do after this promotion.
Once you plunge back into the game you can try your hand at a few other bits and pieces. Most pleasingly you're able to ride around the back of a Tauros and smash through rocks in a glorious overhaul of the woefully outdated TM system. It functions very similarly to Soar from Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, only with no cutscene to slow you down - which is seriously welcome.
Using this new-fangled ability you can find a new Pokémon catching contest, which tasks you with catching as many Pokémon as possible, if you can believe it. It's a bit bare-bones and you don't actually get to keep any of the Pokémon you find, so beyond showing how catching works it's not really worth your time. If you catch enough you do get a Nugget which you can transfer to the main game, but it's still a bit 'meh'.
Continuing on your Tauros adventure you can head out to a very small area of rocks that require retribution in the form of smashing them to dust. Once you've smashed your way to the top in all of about six seconds, a curious man hands you some Stardust for use in the main game.
If you fancy more Stardust you can always return to just outside of the Trial cave and battle a load of Trainers, culminating in what is probably the toughest fight the demo has to offer. You're slapped across the face with a bit more Stardust and that's your lot; there's nothing left to do in the demo beyond grinding your way through weak foes to power up your Greninja.
That's not to say that'll always be the case though; various NPCs talk about various things happening in a certain number of days, ranging from five to 24 at the time of writing. It's entirely possible that these will open up new things for you to do which would be extremely welcome and a clever way to draw people back in again and again leading up to release.
In short what we have here is nothing exemplary, but also not bad by any means. It's very similar in terms of scope as the previous Pokémon demos Game Freak has given us, and it is a chance to get a good luck at the Alola region, try out some mechanics and get a taste of the updates in this new generation.
The QR code above will allow you to pick up this demo from 18th October onwards.
i havent played pokemon before but will get this demo
The QR code doesn't work in the US.
how have you got a hands on, it still says coming soon for me
The QR says the 18th so maybe it will work tomorrow ?
Since you say check back in an hour dies that mean that's when the demo is available?
@The__Goomba ''Please check back one hour after publication for the finished product.'' It means one hour after the demo is released.
Ohohohoho... Tomorrow is spoiler day!!!!
For those of you who can't download it yet it's probably due to the fact that in Europe and Australia it's already the 18th. Unfortunately you guys will have to wait a bit longer until then
I didn't read past the second paragraph since I don't want to spoil myself, but I can't wait to pick up the demo! Unfortunately due to my busy week, I won't have time to play it for a couple of days.
Adulting sucks sometimes.
Apparently Game Freak properly scrubbed the demo this time.
Tomorrow huh? Well that should keep my kids in a good mood for a day. Too bad it's going to be 75' out, summer's last hurrah. Maybe they'll play it on the steps?
I'll get the demo after my work time.
As long I can customize my character looking, revival Pokemons to catch for full version, I'm sure it can engaging me more.
This was found in the demo.
I can't get the spoiler tag to work for some reason.
@DarkKirby Umm... That's interesting. Lol
This was my first time trying S&M and I really enjoyed it. Still not sure about the picture taking but maybe I'll get used to it.
Two thumbs up from me. 😃👍👍
Tomorrow, tomorrow comes today!! Gorillaz I'm full of hope for Sun and Moon, playing Pokémon since 1998.
I'm looking forward to playing this game...but I think this'll be the last Pokemon game I feel that way about. I'm personally getting tired of the dated structure. I think random encounters in set grass patches, pixelated graphics, and linear, restricted world design need to go soon. Really hoping Pokemon gets a Zelda BotW-like overall come NX. That would be hype city
Beware the internet, it sounds like Game Freak removed all unannounced Pokemon from the game, but not the shiny models
It seems it's a bit underwhelming. Just finished it right now.
Hoping for the different days thing, as the demo is 380mb.
This is the big data-mining reddit thread. From what I've heard across the internet, Game Freak forgot to scrub the images for shiny Pokemon. At the rate they're going, we should have images of every shiny in Pokemon Sun & Moon within a few hours.
Can't download ir for some reason. I can;t find it on the e shop, scanning the QR code tells me 'There is no information available for this software title."
It's available to download now....
@Fandabidozi LOL. That comment was hilarious due to your abbrievieation.
I heard it's compatible with Yellow which I really like so I'm looking forward to that.
Here are the actual dates that correspond to the NPCs that you can talk to in the specific amount of days.
1 day – man right outside the Pokemon Center
5 days – woman wearing a big hat west of Hau’oli City Hall
12 days – man with a Pikachu inside Hau’oli City Hall
18 days – police officer at the Marina
24 days – woman inside the Ferry Terminal
1 Day: Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
5 Days: Sunday, October 23, 2016
12 Days: Sunday, October 30, 2016
18 Days: Friday, November 4, 2016
24 Days: Thursday, November 10, 2016
Make sure to open up the demo and visit the specific NPCs on those days as you might get extra items or dialogue.
downloading now cant wait !!!
The demo was decent. I noticed that the game sometimes tells you if attacks are effective, super effective or not very effective before you attack. I hope that's not in the final game, because it makes it way too easy. Another thing that annoyed me was the background music in the the town, but that's not a big deal.
@rjejr You can come over to Arizona, we're still pushing mid-90s
@Ninten-san It definitely is in the final game. You might be able to turn it off? It's not THAT big a deal, but I think it would have been cool if they made it so that you could only get that info if you were battling a Pokemon you'd previously caught (and thus know the types of).
@Fandabidozi Was that on purpose? Bravo xD
@TeslaChippie A little to warm for me, but thanks for the offer.
If you ever want to feel better about any weather, watch Ken Burns 2 part miniseries about The Dust Bowl. Holy heck, people were dieing from breathing dirt, it was insane. In the US, just 80 years ago. It was like a life on Mars sci-if movie, completely insane.
I'm still gonna buy it but damn...
Forced to travel with that undesirable pokemon, the city feeling kinda empty, letting me catch pokemon but not keeping them and that "trial" made me sleepy.
I don't know what I was expecting from a demo, but it totally killed my hype.
I liked the OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire demo a bit better as it allows you to go to different areas each playthrough. This one has you waiting a couple days before something new can be done. In the meantime, there isn't much to do though.
At least I liked how you can actually enter the buildings and find wild Pokémon in the city. In the Hoenn demo, the city itself was kinda dissapointing and the little islets was where all the action was.
Why "can't" this happen a month before the main game?
I don't get it.
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