Interview: Pokemon Sun and Moon's Terry Chan

LevelCamp chats with Terry Chan about Pokemon Sun and Moon.

Pokemon Sun and Moon, the two newest games in Nintendo’s long-running Pokemon franchise, are set to be released next month. Recently, we sat down with Nintendo’s Terry Chan to learn more about how the two games are reinvigorating the time-weathered Pokemon formula.

As Chan notes in the video interview below, Pokemon Sun and Moon will herald the beginning of the seventh generation of Pokemon, which means there will be a whole new series of Pokemon to find, battle, and capture. Not only that, but old favorites like Grimer and Meowth will get new “Alola” versions which feature both new appearances and new battle moves.

Chan also touched upon the new Trials system which will essentially replace the standard Gym Leader battles from previous Pokemon games. Instead of having all of a region’s top trainers gathered in a singular gym, players will instead have to seek out and best a series of high-rank trainers who are spread out across the region before they can challenge that region’s top trainer.

Towards the end of our interview Chan discussed Z-moves, powerful new abilities which will be tied to a specific “Z-Crystal” or even to a specific Pokemon in some instances (Pikachu, Raichu, and Snorlax will all have their own signature Z-moves).  

As of the time of this writing, special demo versions of both Pokemon Sun and Moon are now available to download and play. In addition to offering a small sampling of the new features and Pokemon found in the full versions, the demo versions of both games allow players to transfer any Pokemon they capture into the full version upon release, including a special “Ash Greninja” Alola version of Greninja which is exclusive to the demo versions.

Pokemon Sun and Moon will launch simultaneously on November 18th for the Nintendo 3DS.

Nate Hohl

Nate Hohl got his start in the video games journalism industry shortly after graduating college and since then he has come to find enjoyment in critiquing various forms of media (games, movies, books, etc.) and seeing how they affect our ever-developing idea of culture. If you'd like to contact him, you can do so via his email address,, or his admittedly oft-neglected Twitter account @NateHohl.

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