21st Pokémon Movie announces its Western title: ‘The Power of Us’ and hints at previous movie throwback

Previously known in Japan as ‘Pokémon the Movie: Everyone’s Story’ the next Pokémon movie to be released will be titled in the West as ‘The Power of Us‘. Judging from the name and with the poster featuring Lugia at the top it looks like there will be some references to the second movie in the franchise ‘The Power of One’.

The main premise of the movie will be of a town that lives in harmony with the wind and holds a festival each year to celebrate the legendary Pokémon Lugia (who is previously known for bringing balance to potential weather disasters and in this movie keeps the wind blowing). Lugia isn’t the only dynamic Pokémon to feature in this movie as new mythical Pokémon Zeraora who was revealed in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon makes their first on-screen appearance. From the trailer it looks like Zeraora has a connection to one of the newly introduced characters.

It’s a classic Pokémon movie where everything is going well and then disaster strikes and it is up to our heroes and their friends to save the day…what’s not to love?

From the trailer it appears that there is a message in the movie: ‘if you feel you cannot do something on your own, together with your friends you can achieve it’. The movie has introduced multiple characters all of different ages and I’m sure their backgrounds will be revealed in the film. The recent Pokémon series related to the Sun & Moon games have certainly provided a maturer feel to its content and it looks like this movie will carry on that approach will nicely reflects those fans who have grown up with the series over the last 22 years. Judging by the Pokémon in the trailer I presume this will be in the Johto region and will be interesting to see if Ash has any of his other Pokémon with him.

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Ash is once again sporting his classic cap.
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Team Rocket will also feature in the movie and are the only noted original characters besides Ash and Pikachu to be shown in the trailer.

The movie will be in US cinemas at the end of November in association with Fathom Events due to the success of last year’s special showing of the movie ‘I Choose You’ which was an alternate idea towards the origins of Ash and Pikachu as well as featuring the legendary bird Ho-oh. It has not been announced yet whether the movie will be shown in cinemas in the UK and Europe but fingers crossed! It would also be great to see a Pikachu short this time around as the nostalgia of having a Pokémon movie in the cinema was great, but nothing starts off a Pokémon movie better than a Pikachu adventure.

Here is the official movie poster:
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Kanto’s Calling: Let’s Go Pikachu & Let’s Go Eevee announced for the Nintendo Switch

It has been rumoured for a long time but finally Pokémon is coming to the Nintendo Switch in the form of two titles: ‘Let’s Go Pikachu‘ and ‘Let’s Go Eevee‘ which represent the starter Pokémon from Pokémon Yellow. The games which are set to be released November 16th and are being made by Gamefreak, will see players return to Kanto from the first generation of games. However, the games you once knew have been given major updates and a fresh coating of paint.

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Protagonist Red is seen here with Pikachu clasping to his shoulder similar to the anime. Pikachu (and Eevee) will travel outside of their pokéball like in Yellow.

The new titles which take place in the first generation of the games have a new 3D look and gameplay which looks more like Pokémon GO than the traditional Pokémon style. The majority of the trailer shows players catching Pokémon rather than battling them (although the trailer shows trainer battle glimpses) like you would when playing Pokémon GO. One way of catching the creatures is to detach the joy-con controller from the Switch console and use one of them free hand and incorporate the motion controls to throw a pokéball which makes the experience all the more realistic. Even more so is the addition of the ‘Pokéball Plus’ which is like Pokémon GO’s ‘Plus’ watch but with many more upgrades such as it working as a controller and letting you carry Pikachu or Eevee with you wherever you go like the pokéwalker you got with Heart Gold and Soul Silver.

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Towns will appear much bigger due to the 3D design and have a great colour scheme.

That’s not the only similarity to the aforementioned games, because once again Pokémon will travel with you outside of the pokéball with certain Pokémon appearing much larger now that they’re in 3D such as Nidoking, Nidoqueen, Electrode and Gengar whom were shown in the trailer. Riding Pokémon appear to be continuing in the games which were introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon where you can use certain Pokémon to travel through terrains and this is shown with Onix, Lapras and Charizard for rock surfaces, water and air travel. Starting with Pikachu or Eevee feels like a major throwback to Yellow and because of another feature to the game I imagine that you will be able to catch the starter Pokémon as well.

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A preview of what it might look like travelling on a Charizard and will feature shadows on the ground as well. 

The feature I am referencing is the Pokémon GO catching style to which I would assume you can catch Bulbasaur, Squirtle and Charmander in the game as there is a Bulbasaur featured in the trailer. The interesting part to this would be where will these Pokémon be placed because in a shot of Mt. Moon the Pokémon you see inside are the ones you’d expect to find. In Yellow the starters were given to you in different towns…but obviously the gameplay looks to be different. The Pokémon that were seen in Mt. Moon were ones that you could actually see which finally confirmed that roaming Pokémon are in the game (like GO) and the sprites used like really well designed and colourful.

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Inside Mt. Moon with Pokémon roaming freely. 

In the image above there are two trainers and this is because grabbing the other joy-con enables a second person to enter the game and that helps with catching Pokémon where there are two pokéballs used. This adds an extra chance of catching Pokémon by the looks of things and two people can battle together against trainers in the game as well…which sets an unfair advantage for Youngster Joey and his top percentage Rattata. This raises the question of how battling and levelling up will work in the game if you don’t catch Pokémon by battling which is sad because that’s one of my favourite aspects of the game but only time will tell. Having two people on the same screen together reminds me of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl where you and a friend could link up and harvest fossils and gems underground (where is our gen 4 remake Nintendo?). From other images the game appears to play out similar to the first games featuring notable landmarks and faces such as Professor Oak, Team Rocket and the all-powerful Mewtwo.

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Professor Samuel Oak who definitely looks like he’s had a few years taken off of him.

Pokémon GO is definitely a big part in influencing this game (it’s sort of in the name) and it is practically a part of it as well because you can send Pokémon that you have caught on your mobile over to the ‘poké park’ on the Switch games. It is not said whether these will be used in the regular game, but it wouldn’t surprise me after a certain point in the game if you could…maybe a new Safari Zone? This kind of makes me wish I had done more events on Pokémon Go to build a better roster. I assume there will be a way to care for your companions in the park like feeding them berries or brushing them like in Pokémon X and Y. Those titles introduced character customisation and outfits and funnily enough the trailer shows that you can get custom outfits for Pikachu and Eevee which I assume may be limited to just them or certain characters.

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Pikachu will now be stylin’, profilin’ and electrifying!

The final thing to add is that the trailer finished off by saying we will meet a very special Pokémon in the game or perhaps receive in an event as it looked like it was being opened as a gift received from GO. This could potentially be Mew, a new evolution for Pikachu or Eevee or maybe a generation 8 Pokémon as it is said a new line of games will be out next year.

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Who could it be? It looks as though the special Pokémon will be on both Go and Let’s Go.

The announcement has certainly created a lot of excitement with Pokémon trending all over social media and I assume a lot more will be revealed at E3 in a couple of weeks. It looks like this will be one of the most adventurous Pokémon titles with you playing the game on the go and connecting your smart phones to the Switch. Will Pokémon be on different games like Vulpix and Growlithe? How many Pokémon can you hold at one time or will there be a GO carry system? Will there be other generation Pokémon? How many Eeveelutions will there be? Will there be monthly events? Can we trade via the Switch?  How are levels and moves based? Will gyms be like raids in GO? Does this dress make Pikachu look fat? Stay tuned for more information here on Wardculture!

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Nintendo: New battles, lands and most importantly Pokémon!

Pokémon Sun and Moon are set to hit shelves on November 18 and we have just been told of plenty of info for what’s to come! Here is a list of everything that’s coming!

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-The names of the games are to do with the earth and how the sun is a source of life and the moon effects all of our lives. The region of Alola will be teaming with life.
-Solgaleo and Lunala will play unique roles within the series.
-Zygarde will appear in the game and in its different forms.
-Alola consists of four islands and one man-made island. The area is like the Galapagos Islands – out of the way and full of new creatures.
– The three starters were made to look cute in battles and creators were careful with colours.

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-You begin in your bedroom where there is a huge widescreen TV, a Wii U and a Pikachu doll. (However, the game is still in development so this might not be in the final game).
-You go downstairs and your mother has a Meowth.
-Your character has just moved to the Alola Region.
-Humour from the start as your mother says “packing will be the death of me.”
-Your house is a huge wooden built building with a garage.
-There’s lots of greenery and palm trees and you leave from the left into Route 1.
-Some Pokémon returning include – Ledyba, CaterpiePikachu and Pichu.
-Move sets for Popplio: water gun, pound, growl and then disarming voice.
-Litten knows ember and Rowlett knows Leafage.
-New Pokémon: Grubbin (bug hermit creature) Yungoos (normal mongoose) and Pikipek (flying woodpecker).
-Yungoos always gets hugry and is looking for food. During its hunger it gets aggressive.
-Pikipeck can peck 16 times in one second.

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-When catching a Pokémon there might be a white Pokéball next to it which encourages catching more creatures as it indicates an evolution or pairing.
-When catching a Pokémon, it will be ‘Regsitered’ in the Rotom Pokédex.
-Battles are different with mini screens of the battle set out on the bottom screen.
-Each option has a colour specific.
-Trainers stand behind their Pokémon in the battle.
-The lighting and camera change with the time of day.
-Popplio stands up on its feet like a seal when waiting for a move selection.
-There is an ‘i’ icon which gives you a detailed explanation of a move.
-You can click on the enemy Pokémon after using a status effect and it will tell you how it has effected the Pokémon.
-Pokémon in battle will have shadows.
-When approaching a trainer, a shadow will fall on the top and bottom of the screen to indicate they will battle you.
-The stats for levelling up all have their own colour.

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-There is a festival in the nearest town which has lots of characters and cut-scenes.
-There are plenty of torches lit in the scene.
-Hala – guy who gives first pokemon
-Hau – friend and has starter pokemon
-You battle Hau in a festival pokemon battle
– Lillie (the professor’s assistant) doesn’t like seeing pokemon get hurt and isnot a trainer
– Culture is integrated into a big battleground at the festival
-‘Tapu Koko’ is important
– Hau is the grandson of Hala and Hala gives you your first Pokémon.

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-Nintendo workers took trips to Hawaii to study the area and get a better idea.

-Once you battle a Pokémon once, you learn which moves are effective and which aren’t.

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-There’s a new gameplay mode: ‘Battle Royal’.
-It is a communication tool between players in an all new multiplayer mode.
-You can have up to four players and battle one at a time.
-First person who loses all three of their Pokémon means the battle is over.
-Person who has defeated more Pokémon becomes overall winner.
-One on one battle but you can have two more opponents against you.
– This battling will have a strong strategy focus seeing as there can be three on one.
-Matches can be up to an hour log.
-Trainers can customise different outfits.

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