We all knew that the time would come. We’ve all seen the dates in the Pokemon Sun & Moon trailers. November 18th, November 18th, November 18th, November 18th. With less than 24 hours to go until the 18th, Pokemon Sun & Moon will soon be upon us. Unless you live in Europe of course.
“Enjoy holding your breath for an extra five days until the 23rd you European scumbags” an exec at Nintendo muttered as he ate a croissant and sipped his Earl Grey tea. That’s right, for no reason, us Europeans have to wait an extra five days until Pokemon Sun & Moon is released for absolutely no reason other than “because you just do”. So whilst you cry yourself to sleep tonight, here’s six things to keep you sane whilst the rest of the world is playing Pokemon Sun & Moon without you…
1. Play an old Pokemon game.
Much like someone who’s drinking a non-alcoholic beer because they’re driving, you bravely try to fool yourself into thinking you’re still enjoying the process. Yet the only thing that destroys this illusion is the fact that everyone else around you is clearly having much more fun and you’re still stuck deciding whether Bulbasaur or Squirtle would destroy Brock’s gym faster.
2. Brush up on your Pokemon move types.
Wait, what is super effective against a ghost/dark Pokemon again? Is a ground/water Pokemon immune to electricity? Is a dark/fighting pokemon immune to Psychic? Oh wait, nevermind, Pokemon Sun & Moon just tells you in game what’s super effective or not anyway… so much for all those years I spent at Pokeschool.
3. Obsessively plan out your Pokemon Sun & Moon squad.
I mean, I want to pick Rowlett, but can I really have two grass types when I inevitably catch my giraffe Exeggutor? I love the Alola versions of the gen 1 Pokemon, but shouldn’t I probably use some of the actual new Pokemon? At least by the time Pokemon Sun & Moon is finally released in Europe, you should have basically completed the game in your head.
4. Practise your ‘just locked-eyes-with-another-trainer’ speech.
Whether it be “I like shorts! They’re comfy and easy to wear!”, “Ah! This mountain air is delicious!” or “Eek! Did you touch me?”, every respectable Pokemon trainer needs an opening gambit. We’re going with “I’ve been waiting for you, let me just grab my balls”, but please let us know what you’re going with.
5. Play the Pokemon Sun & Moon demo and cry.
If you try really hard, you might just forget that every exit is conveniently barricaded and all houses are blocked by an overly protective resident. It’s like they live in a world where walking into a stranger’s house unannounced is unacceptable or something? At least I can level up that Ash-Greninja which I’ll inevitably put in the bank and never use again…
6. Play Pokemon Go everyday.
I know the prospect of going outside at a time of distress like this seems unfathomable, but you never know, you might find… a Pidgey. We’d also recommend listening to this song on repeat for five days and things should go by pretty quickly.
Let the wait begin…
So there you have it guys, I hope our tips keep you sane in your time of need. Just know that you’re not alone and despite Brexit, we’re all in this together. If you’ve got any tips for us so we can stay sane until Pokemon Sun & Moon is released, please comment them below. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go drown my sorrows in the gen 1 game corner.