Pokemon Sun & Moon Pre-Order Bonuses and Buying Guide

Everything you need to know about Pokémon Sun & Moon pre-order bonuses and all the different versions available

Pokémon Sun & Moon, the latest entries in the Pokémon franchise, are closer than ever. North Americans will get the games this Friday, November 18, while Europeans will have to wait until November 23.

With all the different versions and pre-order bonuses available for so many regions, this is the place where you can learn which one is for you and if it is worth the pre-order or not. Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are playable on all the consoles in the 3DS family, which includes the original 3DS, the New 3DS and the 2DS.

Pre-Order Bonuses

The extra content for pre-ordering Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon is pretty simple. There are only two bonuses. The first one is a double-sided poster available exclusively in some stores, like GameStop. If you opt for this option, you will have to pick up the poster at the physical store, bringing with you a printed copy of your purchase confirmation.

The second one is available for everyone that gets any of the versions before January 11, 2017: a free Pokémon! This in-game gift consists of a Munchlax, who carries a special item called Snorlium Z. This object allows the Pokémon to learn an exclusive Z-Move called Pulverizing Pancake when it evolves into Snorlax. Z-Moves are new movements introduced in Pokémon Sun & Moon that only a few Pokémon are able to perform.

Editions of Pokemon Sun and Moon 

Standard Edition ($39.99)

The normal version of Pokémon Sun & Moon comes with your choice of the Sun or Moon base game and is available in some stores at a special discounted price. You can find both of them in Amazon for $31.99. This offer only applies if you are a Prime Amazon member, and also comes with a free release day delivery.

Best Buy provides the same discount to members of its Gamers Club program, which saves up to 20% of the full price. These offers are also available for any of the different editions on both websites.

Pokémon Sun and Moon Dual Pack ($79.99)

This bundle comes with both games in two different cartridges, perfect for collectionists, siblings, hardcore fans, or anyone who is interested in getting Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon at the same time. They come with two codes to unlock 200 Pokéballs in each installment -- which will help you catch 'em all from the very start.

You can get this pack from most of the main retailers on the Internet, like Best Buy. On Amazon, there is a special edition that comes in a steelbook case with the map of the Alola region on the inside. However, it is already sold out, and it is unknown if Nintendo will replenish this exclusive edition.

This pack comes with Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, as well as the official strategy guide for both of them. The book includes a detailed, step-by-step walkthrough of the games, all the locations of the Pokémon, extensive hints on diverse fields, a pullout map of the Alola region, and several lists with all the moves, items, and more.

This bundle is a GameStop exclusive offer. However, you can get the items separately at other websites.

This offer is very similar to the previous one, but this collector's edition strategy guide has some extra content, on top of everything included in the standard one. It has a different, more stylized cover and eight high-quality double sided lithographs of concept artwork in a protective sleeve. This exclusive concept art from Game Freak allows the reader to take a look behind the scenes at new Pokémon, trainers, locations, and more.

This bundle is aimed to the most hardcore Pokémon fans and collectors, who are interested in everything Pokémon-related. It is only available in a few retailers, like GameStop.

Are you going to pre-order Pokémon Sun, Pokémon Moon or both? Which edition are you most interested in? Tell me in the comment section below!


Graduate in Bilingual Journalism & Media Studies in San Pablo CEU University, Madrid. Aspiring video game journalist. My dream is to work for IGN.

Published Jul. 20th 2017

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