Report: Pokémon Moon and Sun Trademarks Filed

Gaming article by Andrew Stretch on Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 12:50
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Pokemon Moon and Sun trademarks have been spotted timing perfectly with tomorrows 5 minute Nintendo Direct called Pokémon Direct. This name is in a similar vein to the Smash Directs that were used to announce various updates and DLC announcements for Super Smash Bros for WiiU/3DS. The Pokémon Direct is scheduled to be tomorrow, February 26th, at 4PM CET/3PM GMT/7:00 AM PST via the Pokémon Twitch channel and the Nintendo Direct Website.

Pokemon Sun and Moon Trademark

These trademarks might have let slip what Nintendo will be revealing tomorrow as NerdLeaks found the titles "PoKéMoN MOON" and "PoKéMoN SUN" registered accompanied by the images of their logos. According to the classifications of the trademark, numbers 9, 16, 28, and 41, we are able to learn a bit more about Pokémon Moon and Sun. We are able to determine that Pokémon Moon and Sun will be computer software (9), will have packaging (16), is a game (28), and will be entertainment (41). A lot of these are to be expected for a video game but the inclusion of packaging could mean that Pokémon Moon and Sun won't be some of the four remaining Nintendo mobile games meant to be releasing this year.

This Pokémon Direct is releasing the day before the 20th anniversary of the Pokémon franchise with the original Blue and Green version releasing on the 27th of February in 1996. This also marks the digital release of the original Blue, Red, and Yellow version for the Nintendo 3DS.

It is also important to note that this news has not been officially confirmed and should be treated as a rumor until it has. There was a fake tweet confirming these games by @NinlendoAmerica which is a parody account so be wary of that and of other fake announcements.

Quick Take

Though there isn't too much information to go off from only the trademark listing and the logos of the games it is interesting to see the inclusion of the symbols to the right of the title, something that has never happened before. It is also worth pointing out the similarities between those Sun and Moon images and the Pokémon Lunatone and Solrock. Where Lunatones beak is a circle on the moon and Solrock's two eyes have been replaced by a single circle could this be mega forms for either, or something new like a primal form?

What do you think of Pokémon Moon and Sun? What are you hoping for in a new Pokémon game? Do you have any theories? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Andrew Stretch

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I have been playing all kinds of games for as long as I can remember with a particular interest in action adventure and platforming titles. While I am primarily an Xbox gamer I also spend a fair bit of time on the PS4 and on my PC in VR.