Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon: Surfs Up!

A new trailer for Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon has been posted online. The trailer showcases some changes to the island trials from the original Sun and Moon games along with a few other features both new and already known. Take a look.

As as seen in the above video, some of the island trials in the games have had their challenges revamped or even have different Totem Pokemon at the end. For instance, an Alolan Marowak serves as the Totem Pokemon for the Wella Volcano challenge in place of Salazzle. There's also going to be a brand new trial in the game run by the character of Mina.

It's also been revealed that some classic Pokemon not found in the original Sun and Moon games will be showing up in these reboots. Here's a short list of some of the Pokemon that have been confirmed.

  • Mareep
  • Flaffy
  • Ampharos
  • Houndour
  • Houndoom
  • Larvitar
  • Pupitar
  • Tyranitar
  • Electrike
  • Manectric
  • Tropius
  • Zorua
  • Zoroark
  • Larvesta
  • Volcarona

There are likely many more classic Pokemon besides the ones listed here that will be showing up in the new games as well. A more detailed list seems to be available on serebii.net. To see that list, click here. Another bit of info from serebii.net on these classic Pokemon is that the Houndoom line seems exclusive to Ultra Sun while the Manectric line is exclusive to Ultra Moon.

The biggest feature revealed in the above trailer though is a new Poke Ride option known as Mantine Surf. This new ride provides transport between the islands, but also has a mini game feature that has you score points by surfing up waves. It's totally unknown at the moment what rewards come from racking up these points, but I'm sure we'll find out soon. For me though, this mini game reminds me of the Surfing Pikachu mini game from Pokemon Yellow that I played a couple of times. Years ago a friend of mine borrowed my copy of the Yellow Version for a few weeks and used his Game Shark device to get a Surfing Pikachu without the use of that Pokemon Colosseum game. I played the Surfing Pikachu mini game a few times before resetting the whole thing.

That's all there is to report at the moment. Stay tuned for more updates.