Pokémon: Game info
Pok émon is one of the most popular game franchises of all time, having sold more than 279 million games since the original Red and Blue titles arrived in 1996.
The series involves catching, training and battling virtual monsters, and the games have always focused on the community, whether trading and going head-to-head with other players.
The competitive side of the game sees players training their Pok émon to the nth degree, and considering advanced tactics and strategies in order to beat their opponents. Pok émon typically features a rock, paper, scissors type approach, with fire Pok émon beating grass Pok émon, grass beating water and water beating fire, for example.
The latest traditional Pok émon games in the series are Sun and Moon, while in 2015 Nintendo launched Pokken Tournament, a fighting game based on the franchise, which has received some competitive play.
There is also the physical Pok émon Trading Card Game which has its own competitive scene, and augmented reality mobile app game Pok émon Go, which cannot be played competitively (yet).
Pokémon Sun and Moon
For 20 years, Pokémon has delighted millions of fans of all ages and has become one of the most successful entertainment brands in the world.
Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are the newest additions to a legendary series that has sold more than 275 million video games since the debut of Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green in 1996 for the Game Boy system in Japan.
Following in the tradition of previous games in the Pokémon series, players choose one of three special Pokémon to be their first partner. These are among the first Pokémon players will encounter in the game. In Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, players will be able to choose between the newly discovered Grass- and Flying-type Pokémon Rowlet, Fire-type Litten, and Water-type Popplio.
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Platforms: 3DS, 2DS (Pokémon Sun and Moon), Wii U (Pokken Tournament)
Typical game length: 10-15mins
Price: Around £40
Notable tournaments: Pokémon World Championships, Pok émon Championship Series
Popularity: 279m+ game sales
Twitch: 1m hours watched in October 2016 across all viewers
Launched: 1996 (original Red and Blue), 2016 (Sun and Moon), 2015 (Pokken Tournament)
Pegi age rating: 7
Other Pegi info: Non realistic looking violence towards fantasy characters.