Perhaps more clearly than any past Pokemon games, the recently released Pokemon Sun and Moon warrant a sequel pair of games in the vein of Pokemon Black 2 and White 2. This might sound like a stretch at first, but read on. Some of the evidence is shockingly persuasive.
Pokemon Sun and Moon have been out for nearly two weeks now, and they have not been a letdown. The games were very hyped up leading up to release. Afterwards, both critics and Pokemon fans across the internet voiced how pleased they were with nearly every aspect of the new games. Now that it’s been some time since Pokemon Sun and Moon debuted, however, the rose-colored glasses worn by many of the players who at first had only praise for the games are fading away. As Reddit user PokemonTrainerJib says in a post about the subject, “the honeymoon phase is ending with most.”
Pokemon fans who have finished Sun and Moon are finally taking a step back to look at the games more critically, and one of the biggest complaints about the titles is that there are so many mysteries and plot points left unresolved. Here are a few of the bigger ones:
- There are a lot of seemingly significant landmarks in Pokemon Sun and Moon’s Alola region that are left inaccessible. These include the giant crater on Melemele Island, the circular pools on Akala Island, and the majority of the geothermal plant on Ulaula Island. Also, the player can never enter many of the buildings in the cities, even in the postgame, which is unusual for a Pokemon game.
- The game contains five vacant lots where it seems like things are being built. The fact that nothing ever appears there, even after the story mode is completed, irritates a lot of Pokemon Sun and Moon players.
- The iconic Pokemon trainers brought back to fight in the Battle Tree had no further purpose. This seems very odd considering that The Pokemon Company had to choose just a select few past game characters and build completely new 3D models just for them.
- The mechanic involving the Zygarde cells and forms is barely explained at all.
- Many other nitpicks that can be found all over the Pokemon subreddit.
For all these reasons and more, a pair of games serving as sequels to Pokemon Sun and Moon seem very likely. It would not be a new idea, as 2010’s Pokemon Black and White received the same treatment with Black 2 and White 2 in 2012.
Pokemon Sun 2 and Moon 2 seem like a definite possibility. It would allow for the tying up of many loose ends, and the sequels would doubtless be big sellers after Sun and Moon were received so well by critics and fans alike.
A Return to Regions Past
Perhaps even more interesting than the contemplation of Pokemon Sun and Moon sequels, however, is the idea that we may very well be returning to at least one past Pokemon region in the games.
The most likely candidate for an additional region in the Pokemon Sun and Moon sequels seems to be Kalos, the setting of the 2013 titles Pokemon X and Y. Plenty of speculation very similar to what is now being said about Sun and Moon seeming glaringly “unfinished” was going around in the Pokemon community for a while after X and Y came out. Reddit user Lectrobear pointed out that there were an amazingly large amount of mysterious items, undiscussed locations, cryptic messages, and strange events in the games that practically beg for a resolution. Most Pokemon fans assumed at the time that all those details would be completed in Pokemon Z, the fan name given to a hypothetical third companion game, but such a game was never released.
It seems quite feasible that Pokemon Sun 2 and Moon 2 will kill two birds with one stone, so to speak, by recreating both the Alola and Kalos regions, slightly updating both places to wrap up to unanswered questions. Or maybe even more than two regions could be involved. True, most of the lands the Pokemon games have visited do not leave as many details unfinished as Kalos or Alola, but there are plenty of bits of evidence from Pokemon Sun and Moon and their marketing materials that point to a Kanto return, for instance – the Inquisitr has, in fact, published pieces in the past about such theories.
What are your thoughts on the matter? Have you picked up on any clues of your own about Pokemon Sun and Moon sequels? And do you think we’ll be returning to past Pokemon regions if they do indeed come to be? Make yourself heard in the comments below!
And as always, Train On, Pokemon fans.
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