Nintendo and the Pokemon Company are back at it once again! Shaking the internet to it’s core with their huge surprise announcements and reveals, and now, we’re all still recovering from the hype.
Yesterday evening Nintendo officially revealed that the next Pokemon adventure set to take place will be “Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu & Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee”, for the Nintendo Switch; both in which are their own respective version but are in fact basically the same game. As rumored, the two titles are a sort of re-imagining of Pokemon Yellow, or rather, the Pokemon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition which released in Japan only.
In Pokemon Let’s Go, players will once again journey across the Kanto region, but this time in high definition! You’ll catch Pokemon, battle trainers, take on gym leaders, but with a bit of a spin! Unlike the original core Pokemon RPG titles, Pokemon Let’s Go takes a lot of inspiration from the “Pokemon GO!” mobile title, hence the “Let’s GO” in the title. In Pokemon Let’s Go, there will be a much more heavy emphasis on catching Pokemon, as players will be unable to battle wild Pokemon, yet instead will be able to catch them using the built-in motion controls which are sported inside of the Nintendo Switch joy-cons. Not only that, but players will also be able to catch Pokemon as well as battle trainers alongside a friend, as a local co-op option will also be available for the game!
Pokemon Let’s Go also features a handful of other fun and quirky features; such as the ability to transfer generation one Pokemon from your mobile Pokemon GO account to Let’s Go, allowing your Pokemon to follow you around in-game, using your Pokemon as mounts to traverse certain terrain, and get around faster, dressing up your starter Pokemon – and so much more!
Now, the reveal and information regarding Pokemon Let’s Go certainty spawned many mixed reactions, as it was revealed that many traditional “core” Pokemon features will be absent from the game. With that said, many begun to wonder whether or not that was truly the direction Nintendo would be taking with the core Pokemon franchise, however it seems most of the quirky changes will be exclusive to this game, as Pokemon Let’s Go is in fact not the core Pokemon title that we were promised. Shortly following the reveal of Pokemon Let’s Go, Nintendo confirmed that a all-new core Pokemon RPG title will in fact be still arriving, and will launch on the Nintendo Switch in 2019.
Now, you can spin Pokemon Let’s Go however you’d like. Half remake half spin-off? Sure, we can go with that. But regardless, it seems Nintendo is aiming to get an all new Pokemon fan-base on board the Nintendo Switch – before the company introduces the next main-line release within the core Pokemon franchise. It’s a great strategy if you think about is, as a lot of the Pokemon GO fan-base is much more casual orientated than the core Pokemon fan-base; and what a better way to bring both together on the Nintendo Switch than with a title that incorporates features from not only Pokemon Go, but the core Pokemon games as well. If you ask me, Nintendo is ready to kickoff a brand new era of Pokemon, and Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee is just the first step.
Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee will launch on the Nintendo Switch on November 16th, 2018.