On the 30th May, The Pokémon Company held a special press conference and revealed Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu & Let’s Go Eevee. Both games are set to release on Nintendo Switch on November 16th.
It’s confirmed that the game will only feature the first generation of Pokémon (151) and some Alolan Pokémon. The games are set in Kanto Region, and serves as a remake of Pokémon Yellow.
The games will be played with just one Joy-Con. The capturing of the Pokémon is done by flicking the Joy-Con as you would in Pokémon Go. From the trailer, the wild Pokemon’s can be seen through the grass, suggesting that the encounters won’t be random. In this game, you don’t battle Pokémon to catch them, you will have to leave the catching to chance and how good your aim is.
On top of catching Pokémon, battling trainers and exploring Kanto, you can play it with a friend with couch co-op. This can be done with the friend playing with another Joy-Con.
Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu & Let’s Go Eevee can be played as standalone adventures, but you can also tie into Pokémon Go. 1st Generation Pokémons that you’ve captured in Pokémon Go can be transferred to Pokémon Let’s Go games via bluetooth, but not the other way around.
Pokéball Plus is announced alongside the Let’s Go games. It serves in place of a single Joy-Con, allowing you to feel like you are indeed throwing Pokéballs. The Pokéball Plus comes pre-fitted with LEDs and speakers, and it will light up whenever you catch a Pokémon. Function like a tamagotchi, you can bring a Pokemon out with you and interact Pokéball through it.
What you may miss in the trailer includes rideable Pokémon (Onyx, Lapras, Charizard shown) and costumes for the Pikachu and Eevee.
A never before seen Pokémon could make its way into this game too, be sure to look forward to that.
A new spin-off game has been announced for the Nintendo Switch and mobile. Pokémon Quest is out now on the Nintendo Switch eShop, mobile version coming at the end of June. It is a free to play game where you set out in an expedition with a team of 3 Pokémons on Tumblecube Island. There is currently DLCs available for sale, namely Expedition Pack, Great Expedition Pack and Ultra Expedition Pack, each providing decorations and Pokemon’s to progress the game faster.
…One More Thing
The Pokémon Company announced that the next instalment of its core Pokémon RPG series is still in development under GameFreak. The game is arriving in 2019 on the Nintendo Switch.