Published on May 30th, 2018 | by Lee Davies
Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee
Revealed at the Pokemon press conference in Tokyo, Japan.
DEVELOPER: GAME FREAK inc.
PLATFORM: Nintendo Switch
GENRE: Action RPG
PLAYERS: Single Player / Two Player (Local Multiplayer)
RELEASE DATE: November 16, 2018
RATING: “E” for Everyone
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! are the newest titles in the Pokémon series coming this fall to Nintendo Switch. Inspired by Pokémon Yellow, which was originally released on Nintendo’s Game Boy in 1999, these two titles are designed for players taking their first steps into the Pokémon video game world. Featuring an innovative connection to the popular Pokémon GO mobile game, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! promise plenty of enjoyment for both newcomers to the franchise and experienced players.
⦁Pikachu and Eevee—Explore the iconic Kanto region like never before. You can embark on your adventure together with Pikachu as your partner in Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or choose Eevee as your partner when you play Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!
⦁Play in a whole new way—Experience intuitive controls by using your Joy-Con to throw Poké Balls at wild Pokémon you encounter. Need some help? Your friend can grab a second Joy-Con to join in on the fun and even boost the chances of catching Pokémon for the first-ever collaborative gameplay in a Pokémon RPG.
⦁Play even when on the GO—Connect your game for Nintendo Switch with the mobile game sensation Pokémon GO. Players can capture a Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region in Pokémon GO and transfer it into their Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! adventure.
Details emerged of the following;
– Wild Pokemon battles do not exist in the Let’s Go games
– But you can battle other trainers
– On choosing Eevee: one reason was that your rival in Yellow used Eevee; character has become massively popular over the years as well, and they’ve decided to start using him as a partner to Pikachu
– There was a “special Pokemon” mentioned in the trailer Go players would meet if they linked it with Let’s Go; it’s an all-new Pokemon we’ve never seen before
– You will still be able to trade and battle, but you’ll have to have multiple Switches for that; you can have multiple accounts on the same console, however
– The Pokemon Company views Switch as a combo home/handheld, so they wanted to take the good parts of the handheld versions and expand on them with the Switch
– The Let’s Go games are designed primarily as home console games, while the 2019 games will have more of an emphasis on the handheld experience
– They didn’t elaborate on what this might mean
– They have other gameplay ideas they haven’t announced regarding how Go and Let’s Go will interface
– Those who play both will be rewarded
– They see the Let’s Go games as the next step for players brought in by Pokemon Go to continue with the series, which is why the catching interface/models are the same
– The 2019 games, meanwhile, is what they see as their way to move the handheld experience forward, and they’ve been working on it since before the Switch released, which is why the won’t be as influenced by Go
– What technology is used to connect Let’s Go game and Pokemon GO? Bluetooth
– You will not be able to evolve your partner Pokemon
– You can catch other Eevee/Pikachus you find in the wild
– Your partner Pokemon will take up one of your six party slots, and you will be able to box it
– Boxes work differently in that you now have a box in your bag
– The ability to transfer from Pokemon Go to Let’s Go opens up about halfway through the game, after that, you’ll be able to do it freely
– There are also minigames you can do when transferring lots of Pokemon over
– Candy from Go will not do anything in Let’s Go
– Any Pokemon that’s large enough in Let’s Go you will automatically ride
– They had the idea to let you ride Pokemon of any size but decided against it
– No HMs
– Although the interface is different, you will still earn EXP from catching Pokemon, as well as trainer battles
– Event Pokemon in Go (Ash hat Pikachu, etc), cannot be transferred to Let’s Go
– The controls for catching Pokemon in handheld mode will have you moving the console around and pressing a button to throw; no touch screen, and the gyro part is required
– No additional details about Z-mode/Mega Evolutions in Let’s Go
– No information on how experience from capturing Pokemon/trainer battles will be distributed (evenly, per Pokemon etc.)
– Trading and battling online between Switches will be available through local play
– As of right now, Masuda is saying that in general, only the original 150 Pokemon will be available in Let’s Go
– No news on player customization
– The plot of Let’s Go will not take you to Johto
– The map of Kanto, however, will be very similar to the original landmass, but there will be graphical differences
– Although there are some Alolan forms of Pokemon in Let’s Go, there are otherwise no connections between it and Sun/Moon
– There are once again two versions, which means all the usual Pokemon differences apply (individual Pokemon)
– No plot differences between the two
Poke Ball Plus
The Poke Ball Plus device was also unveiled tonight.
– It can be used with the new Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokemon: Let’s Go Eevee games as well as Pokemon GO.
– It will be released on the 16th of November to coincide with the Let’s Go games.
– Approximately 3 hours of battery life on a full charge.
– There are plans for the Poke Ball Plus beyond the Let’s Go games/Go
– They see the device as the next iteration of the Go Plus
– Nintendo engineers helped make the Poke Ball
– The idea was to create the closest thing possible to an actual Poke Ball that really felt like it has a Pokemon inside
⦁Have a ball—Take your Pokémon journey to a whole new level with the Poké Ball Plus. More than just a controller, the Poké Ball Plus features motion controls, lights up with a variety of colors, vibrates, and plays sounds. When catching a Pokémon in the game, you will be able to feel it moving within the Poké Ball Plus. The Poké Ball Plus also works as a Pokémon GO Plus for those playing Pokémon GO. Using the Poké Ball Plus, you can bring one of your Pokémon from Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! with you as you explore the real world, even when you’re not playing the game. Additionally, you can receive a variety of rewards once Pokémon are returned to the Nintendo Switch games.
– Pokemon Quest was only just announced today. Despite that, the free-to-play is now available to download.
– You can nab Pokemon Quest from the Nintendo Switch eShop, though you may have to search for it.
– Will be available for Mobile in late June.
New Core Pokemon RPG
– Also announced was a brand new core RPG.
– Coming in the second half of 2019.
– It will be “in the style of X and Y and Sun and Moon”.
– Pokemon CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara confirmed that the upcoming 2019 game will be entirely new – not an upgrade.
– Next year’s releases will be more about handheld elements, while the Let’s Go games are more focused on docked mode.