Parents' Guide to

Pokémon Sun/Pokémon Moon

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

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Game Nintendo 3DS 2016
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 10+

It is the best you should watch it, it is a must It is full of adventure and you will also love it When you finished watching this series

It is the best you should watch it, it is a must It is full of adventure and you will also love it When you finished watching this series

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Great messages
age 16+

This game promotes dog fighting

This Pokémon game like all others glorifies dog fighting and makes you virtually torture animals by putting them in enclosed places and forcing them to fight for you, I thought that Nintendo was better than this but this proves otherwise I would not suggest this to any child however if you must first sit down and have a talk about how not to let this game influence them.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8):
Kids say (23):

Whether you're a seasoned Pokémon fan or brand-new to the series, these two games are excellent role-playing games for players on the go. Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon -- one taking place during the day and the other at night, with different Pokémon available per game -- hasn't changed the standard gameplay formula from previous titles, which is just fine, but there are a few enhancements and additions this time around.

Everything isn't perfect with these two games, because you'll have to forgive the lame story and some long animations you can't skip through. If you can look past these issues, the improved graphics, intuitive controls, and engaging combat sequences all make these games easy to pick up, but difficult to put down. Even the little things -- a helpful new map and an objectives list on the bottom screen of the 3DS and the ability to earn Z-crystals to unlock super powers (or Z-moves) are worth mentioning. During battles, you can also tap the "i" (information) button to see what kind of an effect your move may have on the enemy, which is a welcome new feature to prevent you from wasting time in combat. Overall, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are exactly what a good sequel should be: something that retains what made the original games so beloved, yet builds upon the foundation in a few key areas.

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