50 Best Games of 2016

Pokémon Sun and Moon
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'Pokémon Sun' Nintendo29/50

From 'Overwatch' and 'Stardew Valley' to 'Mario' and 'Pokémon', the best of a truly excellent year for games

From 'Overwatch' and 'Stardew Valley' to 'Mario' and 'Pokémon', the best of a truly excellent year for games

29. Pokémon Sun and Moon

After Pokémon Go reintroduced the first generation of pocket monsters and the joy of catching them, Pokémon Sun and Moon gave us a new generation who would inevitably be compared. Cleverly it played with those expectations by twisting some of the originals into creatures both freakish and weirdly adorable, adapted to the Hawaiian-inspired setting of Alola. The structure of the game was also warped, the clichés of the series becoming a set of cultural traditions called "the Island Challenge". The old was made new again, allowing the truly new to sneak in alongside it.

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