Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon were released in the fall of 2016 to much critical and player acclaim. The games feature a classic cast of Pokemon from games past, and introduce a few new faces as well. The game takes place on a chain of islands called Alola and allows players to explore, fight, and, of course, catch 'em all. What some players may have missed, though, are the many Easter eggs sprinkled throughout the games' many levels and locations.
Some of the callbacks go all the way back to 1996 and the original Red and Blue games. Others are a little more recent, like the joke that references a less-than-perfect 7.8 review from IGN. Keep reading below to see the 14 amazing Easter Eggs from Pokemon Sun and Moon.
Youngster Joey... Rattata Master No More
This is an assault on our people, Youngster Joey! The trainer of only the best Rattata in other games uses a Metapod in Sun and Moon. Maybe it's the Alolan Rattata that's the turn off. Who knows? You can find this betrayer at the trainer's school on Melemele Island.
NPCs Use All Sorts of Poke Balls When Battling!
NPCs use all sorts of poke balls now! It's not limited to great and ultra balls either - everything ranging from net balls to some apricorn balls later on (that aren't even available en masse in Sun and Moon) make an appearance.
Stand by Me: A Pokemon Favorite for 20 Years
In the player character's house in Pokemon Red and Blue, the film Stand by Me plays on the television, specifically the scene where the four boys are walking on the railroad tracks. We see this again in our rooms in Sun and Moon. This has appeared in every iteration of Red and Blue except for the remakes in 2004, Fire Red and Leaf Green, where if the player chooses the female character, a reference to The Wizard of Oz pops up instead.
Science Dude Is Back!
"The power of science is amazing!"- this one guy in every Pokemon game ever. He's been a standard since Red and Blue and is a great nod to die-hard fans of the series who eat up every line of text they encounter. You can find him on Route 1 at the very start of the game.
Professor Kukui's Body Is Ready
In an honestly odd exchange early on in the game, Professor Kukui, the player character, and another NPC have a conversation on their way to the first trial. At one point, Kukui exclaims the signature line of Nintendo executive and media darling, Reggie Fils-Aime, "my body is ready!" Most people will gloss over this, but gaming enthusiasts, hardcore Nintendo fanboys, and literally anyone who's been on the Internet since 2007 will get a good chuckle.
Slowpoke Tails Are Still a Hot Commodity
Starting in Azalia Town in Gold and Silver, we learn about the desire for Slowpoke tails in the Kanto and Johto regions, presumably for consumption. In the Alolan Pokedex, we get a little more detail on the origin and actual process of eating one of these suckers. The process itself isn't overtly horrifying - there aren't any real animals in the Pokemon universe, but for whatever reason, characters in game freak out over the trade and consumption of Slowpoke tails when they've been drinking Miltank milk for the past six generations.
Red Representing 1996 Like a Champion
Pokemon Red and Green were released in Japan in 1996, making characters from both games around age 30 if we go by the convention that every main character is 10 years old when they start their journey. You might notice that Red has a '96 on his shirt? Yeah! Including this in the later portion of the game is really a testament to how much Nintendo and Game Freak respect the source material. It's a great Easter egg for fans of the originals.
A Nod to the Rocket Game Corner
In a nice hint to the game's origins, a woman in the Hau'oli City Mall repeats the famous line from the original Red and Blue titles that led players into the bowels of the Rocket Game Corner and Team Rocket's secret hideout. A great nod to something that stumped many a 7 year old back in the day.