ByKatie Granger, writer at
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Katie Granger

Now the news is finally starting to creep in regarding the next step in Nintendo, Game Freak and The Pokémon Company's wildly popular Pokémon franchise, and the more we learn about the upcoming Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon the more excited we get about it.

From the starter Pokémon reveal (which one should you choose?) to the possibility of the games containing the Burst Evolution mechanic (yep, that's a legitimate theory), it's all starting to kick into high gear right about now.

New Pokémon Sun & Moon Trailer

And there's a shiny new trailer out now via the Japanese Pokémon YouTube channel which may contain information regarding the new locations we'll be seeing in the games. Check it out below!

So we already know that the setting for the new games is the Hawaii-inspired region of Alola, which consists of four separate islands that the player-character will be able to access and explore.

The trailer itself was created to demonstrate the new Pokédex systems we'll be introduced to in Pokémon Sun and Moon, which talk to you with slightly-creepy humanized features and guide you through the various islands.

The New Pokédes

The two Pokédex's we see in the trailer are called the Alola Pokédex and the MeleMele Pokédex, with three blank slots below them, presumably for the addition of further Pokédex systems as you move through the game.

This suggests that, while the Alola Pokédex charts all Pokémon found throughout the region, the other four are island-specific, with the starting island being that of MeleMele.

The four islands of Alola (Nintendo of America)
The four islands of Alola (Nintendo of America)

So what about the other three? According to Jaxson Tapp at the Nintendo Inquirer the video might point to the names of the four islands.

You see, Melemele is the Hawaiian word for Yellow, which you'll remember as being the name of one of the first generation of Pokémon games, alongside Red, Blue and Green.

A simpler time: Pokémon Red, Blue, Green and Yellow
A simpler time: Pokémon Red, Blue, Green and Yellow

Hang On A Minute

Three empty slots. Three more games named after colors. As Tapp points out, it could be that the names for the other islands will also correspond to the names of the earlier games translated into Hawaiian.

If so, they should be named as such:

  • Red Island — UlaUla Island
  • Blue Island — Polū Island
  • Green Island — ŌmaOma Island

This would be a perfect way to pay tribute to the first generation of Pokémon games which started it all, and it makes sense given that 2016 is the 20th Anniversary of the Pokémon series.

Back where it all began... (Game Freak)
Back where it all began... (Game Freak)

Of course, this is just a theory right now, but it's one which seems more than plausible. We'll have to wait to find out for sure when Pokémon Sun and Moon hit stores November 18, 2016.

What do you think about this theory? Tell us in the comments below!

Source: Pokémon Japan; Nintendo Inquirer; Nintendo of America


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