Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

So what is exactly Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon? Well, there is a long-running Japanese role-playing game series that puts players in the shoes of a pocket monster trainer. It sets them out on a quest to defeat other trainers. This series of games from The Pokémon Company, a subsidiary of Nintendo, has captured the hearts of countless gamers since their debut on the Game Boy back in 1996. It managed to cause a global sensation that saw gamers of every age collecting Pokémon virtually and in print as the card game’s popularity rose in tandem with that of the game.

How to Download Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon

To download the bundle of the two Pokémon games you need to click on the Download button at the end of the review. The digital version of Ultra Moon is available through the Nintendo Store. To enter it you need a Nintendo account.

The Game Review

Now Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, two new releases for Nintendo’s 3DS handheld system, have stepped forward. Not only do they continue their forebears’ tradition but also build upon it with a selection of new Pokémon, bright, colorful graphics, and a gameplay system that never gets old but always stays challenging – a medium that Nintendo straddles well in the video games industry.

It is not hard to see why the original Pokémon games were so popular. Combining the charm of Nintendo with the compulsive collector dwelling deep in the soul of every gamer, Pokémon games often trade heavily on nostalgia, tradition, community, and continuity. Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon do not rock the boat in any major way – in fact, they keep most of the sound effects found in previous games even though the graphics of now as compared with then are as different as night and day.

Of course, as in any Japanese role-playing game, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon involve deep stories and give the player an incentive to explore trade, and collect monsters throughout the in-game world. Broken up into two games as is the series tradition, this JRPG is a complete game unto itself but the full experience can only be unlocked if players own and play both iterations. There are different Pokémon across the two versions as well as unique lore and narrative options. Again, each is a full game unto itself but the combination of the two games gives players the full experience.

The narrative, while new, hews closely to the established Pokémon formula in that the player character encounters rivals as well as friendly though competitive trainers in their journey across the Alola region, a locale based on the islands of Hawaii. The graphics are bright and vibrant, eerily reminiscent of a beautiful but rendered cartoon. The combination of new graphics with old-school sound effects is jarring to modern senses but makes perfect sense when given Pokémon’s adherence to tradition.

As in other games, this anime RPG is accessible for newcomers without being isolating for returning fans. Employing a simple rock-paper-scissors mechanic when it comes to matching Pokémon against each other, these games become extremely involved at higher levels. As usual, players will not only train but also evolve their Pokémon. Obtaining new Pokémon through exploration forms a lot of the game’s fun and objective material.

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon is a Japanese RPG game with an 11 years old protagonist. Download it and play on your Nintendo 3DS.
9 Total Score

User Rating: Be the first one!
Game Freak
Publisher Website
Operating System
Nintendo 3DS
full version
File Size
3.6 GB
Kehl Lutz

Kehl Lutz

Kehl Lutz, also known as Kehl Bayern is our staff writer and has over a decade of experience in online media and publishing. In terms of video games, he is interested in strategy, simulation, FPS, RPG, fighting, and retro games. Kehl Bayern is also the author of the science fiction thriller Animus Proxy. He is based in Boston, Massachusetts, and spends much of his time traveling up and down the east coast of the United States. You can follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.