Pokemon Sun and Moon were fantastic games. The story was among the best since Black and Whit, the new Pokemon were interesting and cool, great music, and beautiful on the Hand-held system. It's truly one of the best games in the series, but like a lot of people noticing this, Sun and Moon had too many short comings that prevented it from becoming the masterpiece we were hoping for. With the rumors of the "next" game coming out on the Switch, I think I'd like to share my thoughts on what the supposed third game Needs to do.
1): Fix the Frame-rate issue.
One of the biggest complaints is the frame rate quality on older 3DS'. For the most part it works fine, but when multi-battles are started, the frame-rate drops significantly. It's not as bad on the newer 3DS system, but it can still happen. Luckily, if the next game IS going to be on the upcoming Nintendo Switch, then this issue will definitely be resolved. Of course that's "if" the next game comes on the Switch. If not, then I'm definitely getting a New 3DS.
2): Bring back the Dex Navi, Super Training, and the PSS
Another real big controversy is the removal of these three features. Why Game Freak removed these features has been a raging controversy among players ever since it was discovered, and I can see why. The Dex Navi made it easier to know what pokemon are in the current area your in. Also it made it easier to find specific pokemon to find. Not only that, but also ones that had hidden abilities, and IV's. Can you imagine how much easier it would have been to find a female Salandit without running into other wild pokemon all the time?
EV training has taken a major step backwards since the Super Training feature was removed. Why didn't they make Hyper Training an improved version of it? Not just for IV's, but also for EV's as well? Sure Super Training had gotten some criticism for being tedious, but it was so convenient to have access to EV training so early in the game, also to reset those unwanted EV's you don't want your pokemon to have. So why not combine both Hyper and Super training into one? I might make a separate article on what this merged Hyper gaining needs to do later.
And finally There's the PSS. That was a great way to find specific trainers you wanted to play with. But the Festival Plaza made it hard to do so. This one I honestly haven't tried out yet, but I heard it's a very convoluted process without the PSS. Just bring this feature back so we can find our friends!
3): Make the "IV's" gained from Hyper Training REAL IV's! And more Accessible
When hyper gaining was announced, we were excited to finally be able to raise the IV's of our pokemon! But now a lot of people are severally disappointed because of how tedious it is to get Hyper Training. First off, you NEED to have your pokemon at Lv. 100 to do Hyper Training. With no real fast way to level up like with the Blissy Bases, that a chore all on it's own. Not only that, but getting the bottle caps are a pain as well! They are extremely rare and can only be gotten uncertain areas like lottery booths in the Festival Plaza. But the biggest controversy is that the so-called IV's your pokemon get from Hyper Training are superficial! To put it bluntly, they are IV's that CAN'T be passed down by breeding! It only gives off the illusion of having IV's raised, while they really weren't. Now it's not as useless as some people say, this can be truly useful for legendaries since they can't be bred in the first place.
So what needs to be done is not only make it easier to do Hyper Training, but also have it raise the Actual IV's of your pokemon! Like for example: Instead of reading Lv.100, why not have the hyper part be available after your pokemon's EV's are all maxed out? And instead of finding bottle caps, how about making the Secret Super Training sections the ones were you earn the IV's? Plus! Have the power items and Pokerus effect how much EV's you get! This would make getting ready for competitive battling so much easier!
4): A new battle frontier
Once again we don't get a Battle Frontier, instead we get the Battle Tree. I'm glad they didn't copy and paste the Battle Manson for a third time, but the Battle Tree just feels like a poor man's version of the Battle Frontier as much as the Battle Manson did. It was really cool to see classic trainers like Red, Blue, and Cynthia there. Battling them. and getting to battle along side them when you unlock them. But still they could have went further with it. Also NO MOVE TUTORS! Why do they keep doing this? Every generation they introduce Move Tutors in the remakes or third game, but then they remove them in the first game in the new generation! This trend needs to STOP Game Freak! Also I'm taking about the ones where you pay BP to learn all kinds of moves, and not the ones that teach you just one move like Draco Meteor.
5): More customization options
It was great that the option of customizing your character returned in Sun and Moon. The problem however is that they didn't change much. They probably thought that the option to take off your character's hat was the only improvement needed, but I wanted more from the game. I really wanted to wear some of the outfits other trainers wear, like the Ace Trainers. I've always wanted to were an Ace Trainer outfit, and the ones in this game looked really cool! I was also diggin' that jacket The male Veterans were wearing! I saw a thumbnail on a video showing all the clothes for both genders what our characters would look like wearing the Tough Guy Pikachu out fit, That would have been so COOL! If a costume based on the the Though Guy Pikachu was available! That would have been my champion outfit!
And finally the biggest thing that needs to change for the third game is…
6): An actual Post-Game
AGAIN, we aren't given much of the post game! They honestly excepted us to see the Battle Tree as our Post-Game story, but it isn't! There is the missions were your hunting Ultra Beasts for Looker, but again it's not really much. Just like the Looker Mission from X&Y. This was the one thing we were hoping for, the thing that Sun and Moon would get right, but it made the same mistake as X&Y. At this point I have given up all hope for Region hopping. We didn't get the conclusion we wanted for the X&Y story, instead just shoehorning Zygarde in just because. Also we didn't get to go to Kanto. It would have been really neat to go with Lillie and see what Kanto is like after so many years.
So while Sun and Moon fell short of a lot of expectations, I still believe them to be superior to X&Y. If one of the games deserved a third entry in their respective gens, then Sun and Moon definitely deserved it! Sun and Moon are now the best selling games on the 3DS, so I'd say a third game remake/sequel would defiantly be warranted. But remember, they didn't give X&Y a third game. So it's likely now that they'll do this again, leaving Sun and Moon felling unfinished. Just becoming another After thought like X&Y. If this dose happen, at least have all the improved features in the remakes.
As brightly as Sun and Moon are shining right now, their future remains uncertain at this point. I hope it will still be a bright one.