Amazon recently put up a description for Pokemon Sun and Moon on their website, inadvertently revealing a spoiler that most people had already guessed anyways. The description for the games reads "[e]mbark on a new adventure as a Pokemon Trainer and catch, battle, and trade all-new Pokemon on the tropical islands of a new Region and become a Pokemon Champion!" Amazon's description confirms the theory that the Alola region will be a series of islands. Of course, most Pokemon fans had already guessed that "spoiler", as the Alola region is based off of the Hawaiian island chain in the Pacific Ocean. Some fans had worried that the one island revealed in the Pokemon Sun and Moon trailers, which was based off of the island Oahu, might be the extent of the Alola region due to the new games' more realistic look and character to background ratios.
While this spoiler is hardly surprising, it does mark a departure from past Pokemon games. While other regions in the Pokemon world usually have one or more islands, the bulk of past Pokemon games typically takes place on a large landmass connected by traditional routes. It'll be interesting to see whether players will learn the Surf HM early in the game, or whether Pokemon Sun and Moon will introduce alternate means of travel. The most recent Pokemon games, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, were infamously criticized by IGN for having "too much water", so we'll see if Pokemon Sun and Moon finds a way to bypass hours of ocean travel.
Of course, the Alola region isn't the first island region to appear in the Pokemon world. Ash, Misty and Tracy previously traveled through the Orange Islands in between Ash's travels through the Kanto and Johto regions. The Orange Islands remain the only Pokemon League Ash ever won.
Pokemon Sun and Moon comes out on November 18th for everyone not living in Europe. The European version comes out November 23rd.0comments