You can choose a black Pokemon trainer in Pokémon Sun and Moon

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This past week, Nintendo released the latest trailer for it's set of new Pokemon games: Sun and Moon. In addition to showing off five new Pokemon and a new region, in their trailer Nintendo also made it quite clear that for the first time in the franchise's twenty year lifespan, players will be able to choose Pokemon trainers with distinctly darker skin tones.


players will be able to choose Pokemon trainers with distinctly darker skin tones.


In Nintendo's past there's been a few black characters but it wasn't until 2011's Pokemon Black & White, that the Pokemon series saw it's first black characters Lenora, Marshal and seemingly Iris, although all three were only bosses you could battle and were not playable characters. It was also the first game in the series to introduce minor pokemon trainers of a darker hue.

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2013's Pokemon X and Y featured another black gym leader and other dark skin pokemon trainers that could be fought in battles around the Kalos region. Like the previous game, Pokemon X & Y broke down barriers by allowing players to choose a somewhat tanned skin complexion for their customised trainers.

While this was a great alternative for many who wanted to play as a trainer who wasn't the white default skin tone, there were some players who felt as though Nintendo had snubbed them by not allowing players to choose a skin tone that was undeniably black. This changes in Nintendo and Game Freak's latest affair.


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Nintendo has not given a reason why it expanded it's skin colour choices, but it could well have something to do with Sun and Moon's setting. Keeping in custom with the previous two games (which took place in fictionalized interpretations of New York City and Paris), Sun and Moon starts in the Alola Region, which seems to be loosely based on Oahu in Hawaii, the country's third-largest island.

It goes without saying that at least some of the people born in a location with a hot climate would tend to have dark skin. Even if that wasn't the unrhetorical logic that inspired Nintendo’s decision, it’s a change that’s likely to please a lot of players who have yet to see themselves in one of Nintendo's most lucrative video game series.

It’s a change that’s likely to please a lot of players who have yet to see themselves in one of Nintendo's most lucrative video game series.


So far the character customisation in Pokemon Sun and Moon appears to be limited, which is disappointing but non too surprising. While we were hoping to see a variety of diverse hairstyles and the choice to choose from a wider selection of skin colour palettes, it's refreshing to see dark skin tones in a Pokemon game and better than what Game Freak did with Pokemon Oras, which had no character customization whatsoever.

Pokemon Sun and Moon will be released in Japan and North American on November 18 and on November 23 in Europe.


32 comments:

  1. Finally game freak bring back trainer customization and they added an extra skin tone which is cool. For once I can say Nintendo are improving without taking two steps backwards in the progress.

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  2. That's great, now if only they could allow players to change hairstyles. I'm really not feeling the default hairstyle on trainers in Pokemon sun and moon.

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    1. Yeah those hairstyles are pretty lame, especially on the darker skinned trainers.

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    2. Truth, the hairstyles aren't looking too fly on the black pokemon trainers, they could've at least given them kinky hair like Grant and Lenora.

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    3. Think I'm playing with a girl trainer again as the boys look pretty generic, praying they have a hairdresser option in the Alola Region.

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  3. Diversity in Nintendo gaming never looked so good.

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    1. Yup I am glad. I have been playing pokemon since I was 6 and it took a while just to get the girl option so I was happy they made darker skin characters. It makes me feel a little more included. lol

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  4. Never thought I'd see the day when a pokemon game would include a black character, let alone allowing you to play as one.

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  5. Recently Nintendo have been really focusing on racial diversity which is really cool, let's hope this isn't just a fad for them.

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    1. Wait a minute.. What games besides Pokemon has Nintendo been adding racial diversity to? Because I could've sworn this was the only one.

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    2. Maybe my comment was too hazy but there's games Splatoon and Xenoblade Chronicles X Which allows you change your skin color.

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    3. Don't forget animal crossing, I think the latest game on 3ds has the option to change your skin color.

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    4. Didn't Animal crossing new leaf have a problem with skin tones, like if you wanted a dark skinned character you had to tan outside and it was only temporarily effect?

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    5. Yeah that's true but Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer has the option for dark skin tones, which is sweet.

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    6. That game was only a spin off, I'll be impressed when Nintendo actually add proper skin color palettes to an actual mainline Animal Crossing game.

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    7. Yup it'll make sense if they released a Animal Crossing game on the wii U or Nintendo NX with these skin tone options, keeping them out would be a stupid decision.

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  6. I'm so glad that character customization has returned in Pokemon sun & moon because taking it out of pokemon oras was totally unnecessary.

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    1. ORAS was a remake.. you can't change Brendan and May since they are staple characters already in the pokemon games.

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    2. ORAS was a remake.. you can't change Brendan and May since their looks are already established and set in. Ruby and Sapphire are already pokemon games.

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  7. Finally character customization is back. That's the only reason I never bought pokemon omega ruby is because game freak took it out.

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    1. ORAS was a remake. You can't change Brendan and May.

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  8. I'm happy that Nintendo actually listened to some of their fans and implemented skin tones weren't only ambitiously brown.

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  9. Character customization is great even though it's so rudimentary in Pokemon XY, I really felt its absense in ORAS.

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  10. Character customisation was brilliant in X/Y; I can't imagine how many Pokedollars I blew on dumb clothes and hats for my guy. Watching Game Freak just drop it for OR/AS was unbelievable, very glad to see it's returned with darker skin complexions.

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    1. ORAS was a remake. You can't change Brendan and May.

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  11. I don't play pokemon as much as I used to but my little niece will be thrilled to know this as she's looking to get Pokemon Sun.

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  12. Why does everyone assume that the only dark skinned people are black. There are dark skinned asians, latinos, mixed people, etc. Why do black people(mostly black americans) think they're the only brown people in the world?

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  13. Why does everyone assume that the only dark skinned people are black. There are dark skinned asians, latinos, mixed people, etc. Why do black people(mostly black americans) think they're the only brown people in the world?

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  14. Why does everyone assume that the only dark skinned people are black. There are dark skinned asians, latinos, mixed people, etc. Why do black people(mostly black americans) think they're the only brown people in the world?

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    1. no one thinks that, we're just a group of people that people refer too when talking about darker skin. White people don't think that they're the only white skinned people and are well aware of other races. We're well aware of other races who share our skin color. please calm down.

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  15. I am unable to download Pokemon sun and pokemon moon in my country. I tried this website and got the ZIP file: https://www.pokemonsunandmoondownload.com/

    But can someone tell me how to install it?

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  16. I am looking for 3DS emulator and rom of pokemon sun moon. I tried few websites but none of them are working:-
    https://www.pokemonsunandmoondownload.com/3ds-emulator-download/

    Please check and tell me it this is real website.

    Thanks

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