Pokemon Ultra Sun & Moon are now available for the 3DS. There is a a real possibility Nintendo is planning to release the game for the Switch as well. A mistake on Nintendo's website might have already confirmed it.
Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are the two new games for the Nintendo 3DS that build on the story of their predecessors - Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon.
Pokemon Sun and Moon were released exactly one year ago to become third-best-selling Nintendo 3DS titles. In case you were wondering, they are ranked right after Mario Kart 7 and Pokemon X and Y. Coincidentally, X and Y are the first installments in the sixth generation of the Pokemon series of role-playing games.
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Very confusing, I know, we're in the same boat here, grab a paddle.
So why are we here exactly? Well, you are here because you want to be, and I can't discuss my position on the issue at the moment. Also to talk about how the new Ultra titles will build on the story of Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon, as well as why the hugely successful games haven't found their way onto a Switch or two in the eight months the hybrid handheld has been available.
I have a few theories but let's start with the story. The Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon games tell the same story as the Sun and Moon titles, with the same cast of major characters. Even the 12 hour time difference will be present. Get is? Present? I would pay money for a ba-dum-tss sound effect right now. Ultra Sun will reflect the time set on your 3DS and Ultra Moon will make like it's in Fiji and be 12 hours ahead.
The new: A mysterious group named called the Ultra Recon Squad used the Ultra Wormhole to travel to Alola. They have an ultra connection to the Ultra Beasts. You'll go up against different members of the Ultra Recon Squad, depending on which version you play. In Ultra Sun, there are Dulse and Zossie; in Ultra Moon, you'll meet Phyco and Soliera.
As for the Pokemon you'll have the chance to encounter, they will also be different depending on which version you purchase, but most importantly, there will be new forms of the legendary Pokemon Necrozma, known as Dusk Mane Necrozma and Dawn Wings Necrozma.
Every single Legendary Pokemon from previous generations will return in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon (because of the Ultra Wormhole). On top of that, some new Pokemon that didn't appear in Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon will do so in the Ultra titles. To recap: all Legendary Pokemon will make an appearance either in Ultra Sun or Ultra Moon, along with some new Legendaries and some regular Pokemon.
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I think that was simple enough. Now to my theories and various speculations. Why did Nintendo overlook their highly successful hybrid handheld and go for the 3DS? Well, I think they didn't. There is a real possibility that the company has plans to release Ultra Sun and Moon for the Switch, and a slip up on their website only poured more fuel onto the bonfire.
You see, back in June, a Pokemon Direct announced the new Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon versions of the game for the 3DS. Right after that, below a listing that showed the fall 3DS release date, there was an entry that said "Switch: TBA". Now, Nintendo seems like too big of a company to let mistakes like that fly under the radar. Even though the mistake has since been shot down and a Switch release denied, I can't really see the downside of releasing such popular games on the Switch as well .
Oh wait. Yes I can. Nintendo is aware that time is not on their side and 3DS' is running out. Maybe this is a way to squeeze everything they can out of the old handheld. The grievances people have with the Ultra Sun and Moon games are one: they were released too soon after Pokemon Sun and Moon, and two: they're not on the Switch. A delayed release for the Switch would solve both problems plus allow Nintendo time to polish the titles' graphics for the hybrid.
This is not to say the handhelds are dead, heck, if Nintendo thought so, the Switch would probably look a lot different. They might just be testing the waters, not wanting to jump head first into the shallow end of the pool and risk a head injury on top of looking greedy.
There's no denying that a Pokemon title would be perfectly positioned to recruit new fans from the Switch and cause the returning fans to purchase the hybrid console given they haven't splurged on it already. Because why would they? Their favourite Pokemon game is right there on their trusty 3DS and it's not going anywhere.