To clarify this news post, no where does Nintendo or GAME FREAK state like they did with X and Y that Sun and Moon will release globally on the same day. The global same day release schedule already changed with ORAS which had different launch days, Europe being a week behind. Nintendo does state that the games will launch globally in the winter 2016 but that's in an availability sense not a same day release sense. They also didn't need to specifically add the brackets delineating the separate idea that winter 2016 was different to holiday 2016 and late 2016. They could have just left it as coming "globally in winter of 2016" and no one would have thought differently but they made the specific point to mention separately the two regions of the world in the English version of the report. The Japanese version of the report actually doesn't have the "(holiday 2016 in the U.S. and late 2016 in Europe)" and was specifically added to the English version of the report.
Having been born in England and am living in Canada, I do realize that many places in Europe don't call it "the Holiday season" like we do in North America, there is a distinction here though between late 2016 and holiday season 2016. The Holiday season for shopping generally means November 1st to December 24th in North America, after Halloween and until Christmas Eve. In United States and even Canada now, the biggest shopping day of the year is Black Friday. Nintendo and GAME FREAK will surely not want to miss this date for sales. Friday November 25th, 2016 is Black Friday.
The US trailer says "Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Arrive in Late 2016!": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmzDL1l3Fag
which would be the same wording used in the UK trailer "Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Arrive in Late 2016!" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdTQ6NXTrE0
Nintendo and the TPCi could have just continued to say like they have been up until this report that the games would be released in late 2016 and available in 9 languages. Late in North America means late in the shopping season, after American Thanksgiving and Black Friday but before Christmas, aka December, and arguably it means the same thing worldwide.
The XYZ anime will probably end the last week of October 2016 in Japan, leading to the inevitable Pokemon Sun and Moon series starting the beginning of November, as current anime season patterns have been going the past few years. As history shows, the anime and games generally launch the same week. They may also change it this time and have the anime launch a few weeks before the games. The XYZ anime with its Zygarde arc didn't really have a corresponding game equivalent this time round.
For piracy reasons, I can't see there being a very big release schedule difference for the Sun and Moon now that the Nintendo 3DS is trivial to hack. Any major release date different in any region of the world would most likely lead to significant sales reductions.
With the Corocoro April 2016 debacle nonsense, it seems as though GAME FREAK is behind schedule. Regardless if I'm right or wrong on this release schedule inconsistency, at least its got people talking about Sun and Moon because surely we have nothing else to discuss about it these days.
This post was last edited 27 Apr 2016 07:16 AM by Sunain