With each and every Pokémon game that is announced, comes a whole lot of speculation over what new monsters will make their debut, and the latest release of Pokémon Sun and Moon is no exception. Most of the details of the new iterations — which Nintendo officially announced back in February — have been kept under wraps, but we do know that 10 new and mysterious Pokémon will be added to the ever-expanding list.
As some of you may remember, the name of the new titles were leaked just a couple of days before the official unveiling, and it looks like history might just be repeating itself. Excitingly for us (and annoyingly for Nintendo), eagle-eyed NeoGAF user, Watch Da Birdie, has spotted a pretty revealing clue as to what the new legendaries are going to be called.
While having a quick flick through recently registered trademarks in Japan (as you do), Birdie came across two rather eye-catching entries purportedly listed by Pokémon's developer, Game Freak: Solgaleo and Lunaala, which tie in pretty perfectly with the 'Sun and Moon' theme. If these really are the names of the new mascots, it sounds like Sun's creature at least, will be some sort of lion — potentially the first legendary lion Pokémon since Gold and Silver's Entei.
Some are also speculating that the names could be alluding to a Spanish setting, with 'luna' meaning moon, 'ala' meaning wing, 'sol' meaning sun and 'león' meaning lion. As if that weren't enough of a hint, the game's director Junichi Masuda visited Spain in person back in 2014 and he even reported the trip on his blog.
However, as much as we want it to be true, I wouldn't take this as canon just yet. Pokémon news website Serebii reported that the trademarks actually weren't listed by Game Freak at all, but rather Yusuke Inui, who is an IP lawyer in Japan. Of course, there's still every possibility that the trademarks were registered via a proxy, a trick not uncommon for big companies keeping secrets.
In fact, Nintendo themselves actually employed the technique for the names, Delphox and Meowstic, prior to the release of Pokémon X and Y, and following the first incident, the gaming giant is probably pulling out all the stops to prevent any further leaks.
Although expected to be around the holidays, an official release date for Pokémon Sun and Moon has yet to be confirmed. However, it's expected that the box art (which almost always contains images of the game's Legendaries) will be revealed in May.