I remember when there were only 151 Pokemon. It was a simpler time, when “catching them all” was a fun mission and not a Herculean task on par with counting all the brown pebbles on the beach.
As of 2016, there are over 700 Pokemon. I know what you’re thinking, and yes, that is an excessive number. Hurray for Nintendo then, as they’ve just announced seven more of the little bastards.
Drampa, Togedemaru, Vikavolt, Cutiefly, Bruxish, Charjabug and Tapu Koko were recently revealed for Pokemon Sun & Moon for the 3DS.
If you think their names are weird, just wait until you seem them. They were shown off in a new gameplay trailer, which you can see below.
It really doesn’t help that they’re starring opposite a number of the older (better designed) monsters.
Maybe I’m old and jaded, or clouded by nostalgia, but I miss the days when the strangest Pokemon out there was a bunch of magnets stuck together, I really do.
Still, we might as well take a look at the runners and riders in more detail. I could use a laugh.
Presumably these days the Pokemon Company just kind of go with whatever.
It’s a flying/fairy type, and despite resembling an unholy union between the hummingbird and the mosquito, it’s kind of cute.
“Nailed it, they’ll never notice!”
An electric bug type, I can already tell this poor little fucker is gonna get as much love as your average Zubat.
It still doesn’t really make up for the fact that Nintendo thought a green box was an acceptable design, but whatever.
Bruxish is a water/psychic type, and it will be haunting my nightmares for years to come.
In other words, it looks like shit.
Still, it’s not all bad. The new starter Pokemon (which you can see below) are actually pretty cool. Especially the fire type cat Pokemon which I didn’t know I needed in my life till I saw it.
Pokemon Sun & Moon comes to 3DS on November 18, and is set in the tropical region of Alola.
The new monsters may look rubbish, but you can still count on the classic series’ addictive gameplay, which only improves with each entry (trust me).