Sometimes, it’s the little things that make all the difference. Yes, when compared to last year’s Pokemon Sun and Moon, Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon more closely resemble “enhanced” third versions like Platinum and Crystal than they do full-on sequels like Black 2 and White 2. However, numerous appreciable changes like more Pokemon and a whole new dimension to explore combine to make the new Ultra versions a bigger, better, more fun and fuller experience than Sun and Moon.
Immediately, Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon pleased me with small changes, like a more brightly colored UI with a quick way to save, and also gratefully took away some of the slow dialogue that Sun and Moon suffered from in the first few sequences. I met and battled with starter Pokemon noticeably faster than I had in Sun and Moon, and was on my way to explore the markedly more colorful Melemele Island in no time at all.