Poké Ball, Pikachu 2DS XL Variants Ship in November
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Nintendo revealed new features for the Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon games during the Nintendo Direct presentation on Wednesday. In addition to previewing the new features, Nintendo's latest video for the games reveals that the Poké Ball Edition New Nintendo 2DS XL will ship in North America on November 3.
Two Pokémon-themed New Nintendo 2DS LL variants will ship in Japan on November 17, the same day that the new games will launch worldwide. The Poké Ball variant will be available through various retailers in Japan, and a Pikachu Edition will be available exclusively through Pokémon Center stores in Japan.
Nintendo also revealed that the Orange & White Edition New Nintendo 2DS XL will ship for US$149.99 in North America on October 6. The variant debuted in Japan when Nintendo began offering the New Nintendo 2DS XL (LL in Japan) on July 13. The handheld system launched in North America on July 28.
Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon games will feature new terrain and buildings in the Alola region. The story will center on Solgaleo, Lunala, and Necrozma, and will reveal Necrozma's secrets. Player characters will have new appearances in the game. A special Rockruff that can evolve into the new Dusk Form of Lycanroc will be available through the Nintendo Network from November 17 to January 10.
The player character wears a Z-Ring to use Z-Moves in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. However, players will be able to use a Z-Power Ring in the new games to reveal more Z-Moves. In addition, the new games will feature new Z-Moves for some Pokémon.
As of January, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon games had sold 14.69 million units worldwide since their launch on November 18. The games were Nintendo's best pre-selling games in history. Nintendo shipped 10 million copies worldwide in its initial shipment, a new record for the company.
Nintendo will release Pokémon Gold Version and Pokémon Silver Version for the Virtual Console service on Nintendo 3DS on September 22. The games will be compatible with the Pokémon Bank application. The games debuted for Game Boy Color in Japan in 1999, in North America and Australia in 2000, and in Europe in 2001. Players who purchase either game can receive Celebi for the Pokémon Sun, Pokémon Moon, Pokémon Ultra Sun, or Pokémon Ultra Moon games.