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The official Japanese Twitter account has accidentally revealed the final starter evolutions of Pokemon Sun & Moon via the covers of some TCG starter decks. While these evolutions have been known for months thanks to leaks and were confirmed via datamining the recent demo, this is their first official acknowledgment. However, it seems like this was not planned – the tweet was deleted about 30 minutes after it was posted.  Rowlet’s final evolution is known as Junaiba in Japan, Litten’s is Gaogaen and Popplio’s is Ashirenu. Head past the break for the image.

This information comes from Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima…

We released the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Special Demo Version starting on October 18th. Although the demo version only released last week, it has already passed 3.5 million downloads, the fastest start for any demo in the history of the Nintendo 3DS system. This point also shows the breadth of the audience for these games.


Interviews with Pokemon Sun/Moon director Shigeru Ohmori and producer Junichi Masuda have been popping up left and right. Nintendo UK is throwing its hat into the ring with a discussion of its own. In Nintendo’s official interview, Ohmori and Masuda talked about featuring more expressive characters, what the inspiration was behind Z-Moves, the theme of relationships between people and Pokemon, and much more.

Head past the break for all of the comments from these two developers.

Did you know that Jangmo-o was the first creature created for the new generation of Pokemon? Game Freak revealed that noteworthy to tidbit during a recent interview.

As for the most entertaining Pokemon to design for Sun/Moon, director Shigeru Ohmori pointed to Alolan Exeggutor. He explained that “When the designers first came up with the idea, the background is that the sun in Alola is so strong, that [Exeggutor] just keeps growing and growing.”

Ohmori later laughed – and explained the following – when asked if some of the eccentric Pokemon creatures were made just to mess with people:

For the most part, the Pokemon Sun/Moon demo is the same on all 3DS systems. The experience itself is exactly the same obviously. Differences on New 3DS and regular 3DS (plus 2DS) systems come down to how it runs.

Just as we’ve talked about before, the demo disables things like Miiverse on older 3DS systems. It also causes the system to fully reboot when it’s closed.

You can view a comparison video between the New 3DS and regular 3DS below. Again, they’re mostly the same, though the New 3DS seems to handle the last battle better in terms of performance.

Earlier today, a special Pokemon Sun/Moon live stream was hosted on Niconico showing a ton of unique gameplay. The full archive is now available below – thanks FackingCharmander. Along with standard gameplay, we also have a look at Battle Royal.

German magazine N-Zone recently caught up with two of the primary developers behind Pokemon Sun/Moon: director Shigeru Ohmori and producer Junichi Masuda. Primarily, it was Ohmori who answered the questions. He commented on Poke Ride, the time difference, side quests, coming up with ideas for new Pokemon ideas, and more.

We’ve gone ahead and translated the interview in full. Head past the break for Ohmori’s comments.

Update 2: The second special event is available if you’ve had the demo for at least four days. There is a small conversation with Lillie, who will be a main character in the full game.

Update: The first special event is now available if you’ve had the demo for at least a day. Talk to the man outside the Pokemon Center to recieve 10 Pretty Wings.


One of the incentives for playing the Pokemon Sun & Moon demo is the ability to send stuff from the demo to the full version of the game. In the demo, there are various tasks you can take on – once you clear them, your reward will be something that you can send to the full version of the game. Just talk to Professor Kukui in the Pokemon Center and select what you want to send. Note, however, that you need save data from the full version to do this, so you can’t send anything just yet.

Here is a list of tasks and their respective rewards:

  • Clear the “main” part of the story, i.e. beat Plumeria – Greninja
  • Beat three trainers on Ten Carat Hill, then beat the Ace Trainer near the exit – Star Piece
  • Catch three Pokemon for the first time in the Pokemon-catching challenge on Ten Carat Hill – Nugget
  • Talk to the woman on the eastern exit of the city (near the Slowpoke), then clear all the rocks with Tauros – Stardust x3

As we’re getting closer to the release of Pokemon Sun & Moon, more and more Pokemon are being revealed – intentionally or not. In truth, the entire Pokedex has already been laid bare via datamining the demo that was released on Tuesday, but if you’re just sticking to the official channels, you don’t know everything just yet.

Another new Alola form has today been revealed, somewhat accidentally, via the cover of the official Japanese Alola Pokedex guide book. Among a variety of new Pokemon and Alola forms, you can also see the Alola form of Persian. Given Alolan Meowth, the existence of Alolan Persian is not exactly a surprise. For spoiler reasons, head past the break for a picture of it.

Kotaku was given the opportunity to speak with Pokemon Sun/Moon director Shigeru Ohmori and producer Junichi Masuda. During their chat, the starter Pokemon came up as a point of discussion.

When asked about the starter Pokemon he’ll be going with, Masuda pointed to Litten. He said:

“At home I have a really tiny cat. …it’s 3 kilograms. it crawls around, gets right on my shoulder, so I’m a cat man. I think I’ll probably go with Litten.”

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