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Pokémon US&UM: New Footage, Legendaries, and Ultra Beasts Shown; Compatability With VC Gold and Silver

A solid helping of details regarding Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon have started to trickle out thanks to a new overview trailer.

Featured as the starting point of Wednesday’s Nintendo Direct, the video begins to give fans a clearer picture when it comes to the differences between the new installments and their previous versions from last year. As one could expect, these involve several new areas, a couple Ultra Beasts, and a customary tradition for any new Pokémon title: new legendary creatures.

Similar in a way to Kyurem fusing with Reshiram and Zekrom in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, the newest legendary Pokémon involve a fusion of Solgaleo and Lunala with the parasitic creature Necrozma. These new forms are dubbed Dusk Mane Necrozma and Dawn Wings Necrozma, respectively after absorbing the two previous legendary Pokémon.


On top of these altered encounters with the legendaries of each version, it is stated that the game will have multiple altered scenes as well. For instance, the trailer specifically notes that the player’s trainer will meet their own starter Pokémon in a different way this time around, while also traveling to some new locations. Interestingly enough, certain familiar NPCs such as Lillie or any of the trial leaders have not been featured so far, potentially pointing towards an alternate storyline altogether.

Adding to this mystery, it appears that two previously unknown Ultra Beasts have surfaced: UB Burst and UB Assembly. Each Pokémon will be exclusive to the separate versions however, with Burst coming to Ultra Sun and Assembly debuting in Ultra Moon. No further details on either creature were given.

Furthermore, a couple of bonuses were also announced for the games that the most avid Pokémon fans will want to take advantage of. As it turns out, the previously announced Dusk Form of wolf Pokémon Lycanroc will seemingly only be available as it’s pre-evolution Rockruff to those who purchase either title between the dates of November 17 and January 10. To top it off, trainers who choose to download the digital version of either title during this timespan will also receive 12 quick balls to be used in-game.

It was also finally confirmed that the Virtual Console releases of Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver will be coming to the Nintendo 3DS eShop on September 22. As a special cross-play promotion, those who purchase these classic versions within a full year after their release will receive a download code for the legendary Pokémon Celebi to be used in Pokémon Ultra Sun or Ultra Moon, or even their predecessors, Pokémon Sun or Moon.

To wrap it all up, the commemorative Poké Ball themed New Nintendo 2DS XL that we reported on yesterday was also confirmed for a November 3 release, just two weeks before the launch of both Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon on November 17.

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