Pokemon Sun v Pokemon Moon - Which Should You Buy?

Beautifly before you buy.

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Pokemon Sun and Moon is out now, and by all accounts, it's pretty good. Critics loved it, while here at GameSpot, critic Justin Haywald reckons "Sun and Moon is the perfect game for understanding what makes Pokemon so popular."

We know that following the demo version's initial success--it became the most downloaded demo in Nintendo 3DS eShop history--the critter-collector now looks to be on course to be the best-selling 3DS game ever, potentially taking over from Pokemon X and Y. Pokemon Go's popularity may have had something to do with it--indeed, a connection between this summer's hit and Sun / Moon is in the works--but that's certainly impressive. And now it looks like the Nintendo Switch may be getting a third version of the Alolan adventure.

But that's next year; which do you buy if you want to catch a fabulously beautiful Dugtrio right now? Well take a look below and decide for yourself.

WARNING: if you don't want to know which version has which Pokemon, do not look down!

Exclusive Pokemon [MILD SPOILERS]

We already knew of some version-specific Pokemon, but only now the game's out in the wild do we know all of them.

Each version has a number of exclusive Pokemon, most notably the game's headline legendary Pokemon, Solgaleo (Sun) and Lunala (Moon).

Sun may get the elegant Alolan Ninetails, but Moon gets Psychic orang-utan Oranguru, so Moon is obviously better.

There are reportedly some differences between the island trials (Pokemon Gyms' replacements) in each version too, though the specifics aren't yet clear.

Other than that and the aforementioned exclusive Pokemon, the only real discrepancy is the time difference. Sun's world reflects the real world in that as your office window grows darker, so will Alola. Moon, however, is shifted by 12 hours, so you'll get a bright in-game world when your real world is dark, and vice versa.

Which game will you be picking up? Let us know in the comments, below. For more on The Pokemon Company's latest adventure, check out our full Pokemon Sun and Moon review.

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Sun Pokémon are so cute! : D

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Finally, the game is out. I would love to play it both only if i had enough money to buy it both. lol

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@sabyteen: I would love to play both if I had more time! I just finished Y a couple weeks ago, haha.

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Red/orange/gold is the better color so that. No matter what Pokemon is or is not in

The blue bat looks good though

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I bought both games with the steel book. I am playing moon first.

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The NX version

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I preordered Moon and was super excited, but Amazon Primes guaranteed delivery was a lie. Won't be here until next week and I won't be preordering a game from them ever again.

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@ice12tray: One of the many reasons I personally don't pre-order from Amazon

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I bought neither because I do not like Pokemon. As a real man I am Playing my Playstation 2.

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@burnedandfrozen: being broke is a real thing friend...

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I have always, since Red/blue, gotten the first one(red,ruby, x). But I will be getting moon! So excited!!

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What's next, Pokemon Galaxy and Nebula?

I think I'll have to get Moon...

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I got Sun, been playing since midnight and still only on route 1 lol. Haven't played since Red/Blue, I remember the first route only having Ratatta and Pidgey. A lot more Pokémon on the first route now, so I cant leave until......I catch em all.

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Why wouldn't you just buy both? That's what I did.

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@fig56: Cause not everyone is that heavily dedicated nor want to drop that kind of money buying pretty much the same game twice just to gain access to a couple of different Pokemon exclusives that they can just get through trading anyways? Iunno, just taking a wild guess.

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This was actually a hard choice since Red/Blue. But went with Moon.

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Team Sun 100%.

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Pokemon Moon! Dont even think it. Just walk in the store and ask for that Moon shine!

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@iandizion713: Sun, I am disappoint.

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