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23 Observations From The Pokémon Sun & Moon Trailers

by Kyle Hilliard on May 11, 2016 at 03:35 PM

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Nintendo and Game Freak offered up a number of new details this morning with English and Japanese trailers for the new Pokémon. The three new starters were revealed, as well as the new legendaries and the release date: November 18. Outside of those details, however, a number of tiny reveals were included. If you blinked, you might have missed them, but not us.

For whatever reason, the new starters will be presented to you on a stage.

One of them seems less thrilled than the others to be up for grabs.

Here's what the screen will look like when it comes to making the most important decision of your life.

You will be able to choose from a handful of skin tones, as well as hair, eye, and hat styles. It doesn't appear (at least from this screen) that you can select those elements individually.

Rowlet is a grass and flying type Pokémon, and his name is dangerously close to the word toilet.

Litten is a fire type Pokémon, and his name kind of sounds like litter.

Popplio is a water type Pokémon, and his name only needs one extra vowel to be as equally toilet-themed as his brothers.

I'm not sure who this guy is but he seems happy to see you.

I think he is telling you that you are allowed to take your hat off, something the protagonists of the previous two games didn't seem to realize.

The new location is called the Alola region and is heavily influenced by Hawaii.

Here's what it looks like from a plane.

This appears to be your mom. She has a pet Meowth, even though she could probably go next door and get a much cooler cat made of fire.

Despite the tropical setting, there will be a city.

Here's what it looks like up close. That guy in front of the yellow truck seems unreasonably suspicious of you.

Get ready to climb some hills.

You will also have to deal with the sun going down. Sun, Moon? Day, night cycle? It all makes sense.

For more Pokémon Sun & Moon nuggets, head to page two.

You will definitely be spending a lot of time outside.

When you pick your new Pokémon you will have to impress it by showing it how high you can lift it in order to gain its affection. It's what Rafiki did in the beginning of The Lion King. It's a common thing when it comes to dealing with cats destined to grow into terrifying ferocious beasts.

Rowlet seems like a trouble-maker because of how excited he is to fight other Pokémon.

Litten seems less enthused about the prospect of battle.

Popplio clearly can't take anything seriously.

This screen shows people will still run up to you and pick fights for no apparent reason.

He seems like a friendly guy.

But he clearly did not expect Litten to destroy his Pokémon so violently.

Shirts are still things in the world of Pokémon.

So are shoes.

The continent on that globe looks very close to Africa. Does this prove Pokémon takes place in a future version of our world?

Here's what the boxes will look like (in Japan).

There is one big important life lesson you may have missed that was sneaked into the Japanese trailer for the game: Life without Pokémon is sad and isolating.

Life with Pokémon is full of friendship and thumbs-ups.

And playing the game is the only way to make your mother truly happy.

For more on Pokémon Sun & Moon, head here.