Is Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Worth It to Someone Who Already Owns Sun and Moon?

Introduction

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are the final main series games of Generation Seven. I have played through Sun and after purchasing Ultra Sun and playing through it, I am going to try to write an article depicting the two and whether or not it’s worth it to buy both or have one over the other. Join me in my journey of Pokémon discovery.

Week 1

I haven’t played much of Ultra Sun. Despite most people hating how slow the beginning is and how much story there is, I’m actually a fan of a more story focused Pokémon game if it can still be interesting and I think Generation Seven did really well with making it interesting.

That being said, as far as I can notice, there’s not much difference in the story from the original Sun which is kind of making it a lot harder to play through. I’m sure I’ll get through it eventually.

Week 2

I’ve played quite a bit more into the game. I can see some minor and major differences between the original Sun and this one. Right now, I just got done with Po Town and the Aether Foundation confrontation. The story here actually seems to make a lot more sense. I like that they included a father this time, even though he’s a bit absent from the story. That being said, gameplay wise, it’s been a bit harder to play, because if there not being so many new Pokémon. When I play a Pokémon game, I only allow myself to use the Pokémon new to that region and with there not being so many in Generation Seven, it’s a bit more tedious to make a team that I like that’s different from the one I made in the original Sun.

Week 3

I finished the game. As of yet, I have not started any of the post-game quests. Nevertheless, Ultra Sun is a better and more improved version of Ultra Sun, but if you own one, I don’t think there’s a point in getting the other. I’m used to Red and Blue being similar or Pearl and Diamond, but Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon were not Yellows or Platinums. I was expecting them to be something like Black 2 and White 2 with those being sequels to Black and White. Instead, I kind of got what Pokemon Sun and Moon should’ve been to begin with. Don’t get me wrong, I was very impressed with Ultra Sun and it’s definitely better than the original Sun, but it’s pretty lame that everything that made Ultra Sun better could have been included into Sun to begin with.

Yeah, yeah, I know. That’s what every middle game is, but these weren’t advertised as middle games. I love Game Freak and Nintendo and I’ll usually support anything that they produce. That includes every Pokemon game. But after the Delta episode in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, they kind of proved that everything in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon could have just came as an after game quest. It feels very much like story dlc with new content sold as a full game. And that’s not the Nintendo I know. Everything included in Ultra Sun was a major improvement and I am so excited to have it, but why did I buy Sun? Despite what everyone says, the story is relatively the same. There are new characters and of course there’s a different legendary, but instead of it feeling like a separate game like most middle games, it just feels like a ROM hack of the original Sun and Moon. That being said, it’s a phenomenal ROM hack, but it still doesn’t feel like its own game. I’ll still be playing the heck out of this game and I’ll probably hunt for everything I can find, but my Sun cartridge is just going to go unused.

As of now, these are my views on the game without any spoilers included. I will update this article when I do the post game. Maybe the post-game stuff will change my mind? I doubt it, but maybe, just maybe.

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