Nintendo 3DS owners were treated to Pokémon Sun and Moon: Special Demo Version last week. Our experiences playing this demo were a major talking point on this week's episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia, and we love a lot about Alola. Check out the discussion video above for our full thoughts, or keep reading below for a brief, brief summary.

We think the world of Alola is gorgeous, and Game Freak has greatly impressed us all with the improvements in presentation they've made in Sun and Moon, from the animation, to the environmental detail, to the cutscene direction, and more. And beyond that we love the improvements in the user interface; they make much better use of their menu space on the touch screen, making it more approachable for newcomers without intruding too far on the way long-time fans battle.

Alex also brings up a recurring issue in recent Pokémon games, however, expressing that the games' world design isn't very good; much of the space we can explore in the demo is barren or geographically boring.

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