Finally. After years of waiting, the sun and moon have aligned for a beloved franchise. Pokémon Sun and Moon, that is.

The new Pokémon game for the Nintendo 3DS is out, folks! Which, among many other things, means you haven’t caught them all. Not yet, anyway.

For Nintendo, the game represents a great opportunity to get more people, new people who haven’t experienced what it’s like to play a proper Pokémon game yet, to hop on the franchise bandwagon, which has been blazing the trail since Pokémon Go hit the app stores.

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A lot already have, apparently. Pokémon Sun and Moon has evolved into a huge hit, even before copies of the game could be distributed. It’s the most pre-ordered Nintendo game of all time, beating other titles that have the likes of Mario and Link plastered on their boxes.

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Sun and Moon are set 12 hours apart

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Solgaleo, pictured on the left, is the legendary creature from Pokémon Sun, while Lunala, on the right, is from Pokémon Moon

It’s also worth noting that critics seem to love it; the early reviews are in, and the expert consensus is pretty firm: gorgeous visuals; memorable narrative; fun to play.

In true Pokémon fashion, there’s two versions (of the same game) to choose from, each with their own set of exclusive creatures and different storytelling elements. We won’t spoil anything for you, but the biggest deviation you should know about has to do with the time of day you play.

You see, the worlds of Pokémon Sun and Moon have separate day and night cycles that are set 12 hours apart, and both are tied to the local time on your 3DS console. So, if you play Moon at 3 p.m., your time, things will play out at 3 a.m. in the game world.

Also: Legendaries differ from one title to another. And before you say anything, no, that doesn’t count as a spoiler because they appear on the retail package, and they’re featured on practically every promo material. Your choice may come down to which end-game creature (and evolution) appeals more to you.

We’ll have more to say about the nuances between the versions, so check back in a week. Pokémon Sun and Moon is now available at $40 apiece.

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