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Sun and Moon Devs Talk About New Features

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Thanks to Go Nintendo, we’ve learned a little bit more about the upcoming Generation VII games, and how the new features will influence the games in a chat with Shigeki Morimoto, Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori.

In this interview, we learn more about the Battle Royal, Hyper Training, and about a few of the new Pokémon. And a little Easter egg of sorts regarding Morimoto and a certain Legendary Pokémon.

Below are some things that Shigeki Morimoto, the battle director, said regarding Pokemon Sun and Moon’s new Battle Royal Feature.

  • Battle Royal came from the team’s desire to design a battle that allows as many players as possible at the same time.
  • It was also important that the strongest player may not end up winning in a Battle Royal. The winner is determined by the number of Pokémon defeated by each player and how many they have left.
  • One gold star (seen in the Battle Royale UI) marks 1 defeated Pokémon.
  • If it’s a draw, the remaining HP of the remaining Pokémon determines the winner.

Shigeki Morimoto had a few more things to say. This is in regards to addition to Mew back in the Generation 1 games.

  • Morimoto is the one who included Mew in Pokémon Red/Green.
  • Morimoto include Mew because he thought it might be used in some way further down the line.
  • Alola Exeggcutor is Morimoto’s favorite newly introduced Pokemon.

Lastly, there were some comments from Junichi Masuda and director Shigeru Ohmori regarding Pokemon Sun and Moon.

  • Ohmori said he learned a lot from Masuda about what it takes to develop a Pokémon game.
  • Ohmori wanted to deliver his own interpretation of that accumulated knowledge to players with Sun and Moon.
  • Level 100 Pokemon can be made even stronger via Hyper Training which will add more depth to battles.
  • Hyper Training was designed so all players can experience that intense battles with a lot more depth.
  • Ohmori said Mimikyu is his favorite new Pokemon so far and sympathizes with its sad backstory.
  • Mimiyku will have a special/unusual appearance as in how it appears or enters battle but not in the way it looks.

Source: Go Nintendo

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