Published On: Sat, Dec 21st, 2019

Best Of 2019: A Pokémon Retrospective: Generation 7


From now until a finish of 2019 we’ll be celebrating a entrance year by looking behind and republishing some of a excellent facilities from a past twelve months, in serve to a unchanging output. This essay initial seemed on a site behind in Feb before Generation 8 arrived with Pokémon Sword and Shield. Enjoy!

Three years ago, as we approached a exhibit of Pokémon’s seventh era and a 20th anniversary, we looked behind on all before 6 generations of Pokémon. Now, 3 years later, as we proceed a finish of a seventh era and a unavoidable exhibit of a subsequent generation, it’s time to demeanour behind over a final 3 years of Pokémon – and what a time it has been!

Before we begin, we competence wish to check out a before retrospectives here:

  • Generation 1 – 1996 to 1999
  • Generation 2 – 1999 to 2002
  • Generation 3 – 2002 to 2006
  • Generation 4 – 2006 to 2010
  • Generation 5 – 2010 to 2013
  • Generation 6 – 2013 to 2016

The Build-Up

It all started with a exhibit of Magearna, a initial famous Generation VII Pokémon, in Feb 2016 to tie in with a movie, Volcanion The Mechanical Marvel. When that came, a round started rolling and after that month, on a 20th anniversary of Pokémon itself, a Pokémon Direct suggested Pokémon Sun Moon in pretension only. Then, usually dual and a half months later, we got a initial demeanour during Alola and a new Pokémon that inhabited it. From there, information was expelled customarily any integrate of weeks and, when Pokémon GO was expelled in Jun of 2016, a hype began again as Pokémon strike a mainstream.

9 months after a reveal, Pokémon Sun Moon were expelled worldwide and a seventh era began in earnest!

The Main Series


Generation 7 was singular in that it didn’t have a singular year opening on a categorical series; any singular year has presented us with a categorical array title.

The initial – expelled on Nov 18th 2016 in Japan, Australia and North America and Nov 23rd 2016 in Europe – was Pokémon Sun Moon. Pokémon Sun Moon acted as a soothing reboot of a authorization by throwing out a lot of what we suspicion were ubiquitous conventions in a Pokémon game. Like Generation 6, it was a full-3D tour with a battles being generally identical in appearance, yet a overworld was massively altered with a demeanour being distant some-more required and anime-styled. Set in a pleasant Alola region, players trafficked opposite a 4 islands completing Island ‘Trials’, tiny tasks on any island that cap in a conflict with a Totem Pokémon – radically a trainer Pokémon that gets a stat boost. This total a new dimension to how a stories went with Pokémon games, creation it reduction about a gyms and helped make a segment feel like a impression in a possess right.

Story-wise, Sun Moon presented a many in-depth tract to strike a Pokémon game, to a consequence or wreckage depending, on who we pronounce to. In this game, while exploring a region, we assistance a lady called Lillie and a puzzling Pokémon she has nicknamed as Nebby. You learn of Team Skull, a organisation of thugs who unsuccessful a Island Trial Challenge, and a Aether Foundation, a organisation who set out to strengthen Pokémon, yet things go badly when a conduct of a Aether Foundation discovers puzzling Pokémon from other universes famous as Ultra Beasts, and Lilly and Nebby are dragged serve into this divergent plot.

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