Why you'll love it
Simply put, it's pure Pokémon. Nintendo has shipped all sorts of spinoff games over the past two decades, from fighting games to a photography simulator, but the main handheld series has strictly adhered to the classic Pokémon formula. Sun and Moon -- which share the same quest, albeit with slight differences and monsters exclusive to each -- mostly stick to the routine.
As a young trainer, you'll choose a starter Pokémon (I picked Rowlet, aka "owl with a leaf bow tie") and set off to defeat powerful monsters and fellow trainers. Sun and Moon offer slightly different flavors, thanks to the Hawaii-inspired locale of Alola, which affects the sights, sounds, and people you'll encounter along the way, but the experience is just as colorful and charming as ever -- perhaps even more so, thanks to crisp and vivid 3D graphics.