Pokémon Sun and Moon E3 Footage (New Pokémon, Battle Mode and more!)

The first E3 Pokémon event of three shows off more on the upcoming Sun and Moon games.

Today at E3, we got another look at the Pokémon Sun and Moon games during the Nintendo Treehouse segment. Here you can see the full demonstration video:

Before the hosts take us through some gameplay, it is revealed that the legendary mascot Pokémon (Solgaleo and Lunala) are to tie in with the storyline in a new unique way that the mascot legendaries never have before. The mysterious bracelets the main characters wear is also touched upon briefly, but no new information is revealed. This does suggest that they do have some significance to the game however.

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Into the gameplay, we get a look at the start of the game, the players room and the starting town.

Wild and Trainer Battles

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A look at the battle screen.

During a battle, the view of the action  is constantly changing. This gives us a good view of the area the Pokémon are battling in and of the trainers watching the battle as well as the more close-in shots you might be more familiar with. It also gives a good feel for the interaction between people and their Pokémon partners. Some shots even show bystanders watching your battles.

In the moves screen you get a new button which you can use to see how effective your moves will be against the opposing Pokémon. You can also see how moves have affected the opposing Pokémon’s stats, too.


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The capture screen shows a white PokéBall which indicates a Pokémon has a pair or an evolution.

In addition to Pikachu, Caterpie and Leydba being confirmed as being in the game, new Pokemon called Yungoos and Pikipek were also revealed. Yungoos is said to always be hungry whilst Pikipek appears to be the bird Pokémon we first saw as a wire frame.

Yungoos seems to perpetually be in a bad mood. Maybe it’s because it’s always hungry?


Looks much better with some colour!

The Alola Region

Hala is confirmed to be the town elder who gives you your starter. Pokémon. He talks briefly about the four islands of the Alola region, stating each has a special guardian Pokémon. He also mentions in a scene before you battle your rival that you have seen the guardian of that island.

Battle Royal

A new multiplayer battle mode has been introduced: Battle Royal.  In these battles, four players face each other in a free-for-all. The players choose up to 6 Pokémon and battle with one at a time. When the first trainer loses all of their Pokémon the battle is over. The game tallies up each Pokémon they’ve defeated and lost on their team.

A view of the colourful Battle Royal arena.


An image of the Battle Royale confirms full character customisation.


The brief Nintendo Treehouse event at E3 revealed a lot of interesting information about the new Pokémon Sun and Moon but also hinted that there is still a lot more for us to discover. Keep an eye out for more exciting news in the future!

Images from the official Sun and Moon Website and from the Nintendo Treehouse at E3.
Edited by bobandbill and gimmepie.