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42 days until Sun & Moon release!

Some of our older readers maybe remember our Journey to X & Y and Road to Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire countdowns back in 2013 and 2014. Now, we’re with back Road to Sun & Moon!


What we want to see in the demo

I am just as excited as everyone else for the October 18th demo version of Pokémon Sun and Moon, but I really hope we don’t see a repeat of the Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire demo.

The demo itself is likely already finished, as it has been rated in some countries, but here are some of the things I really hope the demo does right:

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Poké Ride is one of the hotly anticipated new features of Pokémon Sun & Moon

Demonstrates features of the game

Everybody already knows how a basic Pokémon game will function, so instead of a lame 10-minute section of basic gameplay, give us a taste of some of the new features like Z-Crystals, the Poké Finder, and Poké Ride.

Show off an actual area in the game

Obviously, we aren’t going to be able to traverse all of Alola in the demo, but in the Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire demo we were only allowed to see a small portion of Mossdeep City (which wasn’t exactly new), and a small demo area with no interesting features. If Game Freak wants to impress us, then they need to let us wander around a small chunk of Alola and explore to our heart’s content.

Don’t force Ash-Greninja down the player’s throat

While fans of the anime will likely be excited to get a Greninja, there is nothing about Ash-Greninja that demonstrates anything about what makes Sun and Moon interesting games.

Make it easy to get

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Make sure the demo is more difficult to mine than Skull Fossils were in Diamond and Pearl!

When the Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire demos first came out, only those who received a code via the Pokémon Trainer Newsletter could download it, but that led to many players not being able to get the demo. Many players also had trouble activating their codes. Nintendo and Game Freak seemed to have thought ahead this time, though, as the demo will be up on the eShop for everyone. It will also be available on Nintendo’s website to alleviate server load for the eShop, and make it easier to download for those without a strong wireless internet connection.

Don’t make it easy to data mine

Because the demo for Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire basically contained all the same files as the full game, tech-savvy fans were able to find out almost everything the games had to offer by data mining the demo. While more information about the games is exciting, Sun and Moon will be coming out just one month after the demo is released, it would be disappointing to have all the surprises ruined so close to release, as we have already had more leaks and spoilers than usual.

Those are just a few things Game Freak really should get right with the demo version of Sun & Moon and with less than two weeks remaining until the Pokémon Sun and Moon demo is released, we don’t have to wait much longer for our first hands-on peek at Generation 7.


Catch you in the next episode of Road to Sun & Moon!

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Collin Cochran
I'm just a humble salamander rancher that likes to complain about video-games and movies. Check out my awful tweets and re-tweets @OG_IronPirate_