I Choose You… Pikachu! Eevee!
It appears the recent leaks and rumors are true as The Pokemon Company has announced it’s newest games to the Pokemon franchise, Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee for the Nintendo Switch during a special press conference held in Tokyo. The newest installments are directly inspired by Pokemon Yellow and from the footage shown last night, the player(s) are returning to the region that started it all, Kanto. The Let’s Go games are mainline Pokemon RPGs, but Director and producer of Game Freak, Junichi Masuda has stated that the Let’s Go games have been in development for two years and that they are specifically tailored for newcomers to the Pokemon series, especially players familiar with Pokemon GO.
We also learned that the Pokemon Go capturing mechanics will be utilized in the Let’s Go line which means you can’t battle the Pokemon but rather catch them. You can also connect the Let’s Go games to Go via Bluetooth connection, this allows you to transfer over Pokemon caught in the Let’s Go games. A unique feature that makes these new games interesting is the usage of gifts. As the Pokemon appears in the overworld you simply catch it and you can send gifts to Pokemon Go from Let’s Go as well. Through the usage of Wi-Fi, Pokemon can be traded with other players in the Let’s Go games. Although you can battle online, there are no ranked battles featured in the game.
The Pokemon Let’s Go games are RPGs which means you can also explore the region of Kanto just like you could in Red & Blue. However, battling wild Pokemon won’t exist in this game but battling NPCs and other players will be featured in the game using the classic turn-based system from the main Pokemon games. Although Masuda says this isn’t finalized yet, the game and does feature the experience points aspect of the game. As you defeat various trainers and catch Pokemon you will the EXP amount.
In the trailer we also seen the player riding a Pokemon, you can ride certain Pokemon in Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee but they have to be large enough to ride. According to Gamespot.com, during the Q&A session, Masuda mentioned that no HMs will be required to activate this feartue because they don’t exist in these games. Another pieces of news is the means of playing. Unlike other Pokemon games where your adventure is strictly single player, Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee will feature two-player co-op. Each player will be able to use one Joy-Con. The second player only has to shake the second Joy-Con and join as a support character when in open areas or battle. The second player can also help you catch Pokemon and battle alongside you.
You’re wondering how many Pokemon are going to be in Let’s Go, well Masuda has confirmed the original 150 will be in the game plus their Alolan forms from Sun and Moon. However, there weas no mention of expanding the Pokedex once you beat the game like in previous remakes. Like all Pokemon games the Let’s Go games will also have slightly different Pokemon available as well.
Along with this exciting news it’s been reported that Pokemon CEO can be assured a brand new-never-before seen Pokemon will also be featured in the game. No information has been revealed yet but stay tuned for more updates regarding Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee.
Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee release on Nintendo Switch on November 16. Releasing alongside them (but sold separately) is the Poke Ball Plus controller, which is a Joy-Con-like peripheral you can use when catching Pokemon.