Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu! And Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee! Are Real
Last night The Pokémon Company, Game Freak and Niantic officially revealed Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu! and Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee! to the world at an event in Japan.
The event consisted of three major announcements.
Firstly they showed Pokémon Quest, a mobile game available for Nintendo Switch right now and mobile devices late June. Pokémon Quest is a unique take on the Pokémon RPG franchise with a new art style and gameplay mechanics.
Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu! / Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee!
The main focus of the presentation was to announce the first RPG Pokémon games coming to Nintendo Switch. The Pokémon Let’s Go titles were heavily rumoured in the build up to the event but turned out to be slightly different to what was expected. These titles take the Pokémon RPG formula and make changes to allow it to be more accessible to new fans as well as incorporate features from Pokémon Go.
Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu! and Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee! will see players return to a fully 3D HD modelled version of Kanto in games that have been inspired by Pokémon Yellow. The games will have players exploring Kanto to collect all 150 original Pokémon as well as taking part in trainer battles.
Following Pokémon make a triumphant return in these titles where players can choose any Pokémon in their party to follow them during the game. The players starter Pikachu or Eevee will always be present with the player but the additional following Pokémon can be swapped out with any other found in the game. The Pokémon ride system also makes a return which will see your player automatically ride their following Pokémon if they are large enough. These include Onix, Charizard and Lapras.
Pokémon Go Integration
One of the key features of these games are their integration with the mobile game Pokémon Go. Arguably the biggest feature to move from the mobile game to these is the way wild Pokémon are encountered and captured.
Pokémon will now appear in the world instead as random encounters. This means players will know which Pokémon are around them and which they want to attempt to catch. Once an encounter has been initiated players will engage in the same capture mechanics from Pokémon Go where they will throw a PokéBall to try and catch the Pokémon, replacing the classic battle mechanics. This will be performed via motion controls with players aiming to hit a target circle just like in Pokémon Go.
Pokémon can then be traded between the mobile Pokémon Go game and these Switch titles via Bluetooth to allow for players who have caught Kanto Pokémon in Pokémon Go to bring their collection with them. Once Pokémon have been transferred they will appear in the Go Park! Where they can then be caught and transferred to your party.
The Pokémon Let’s Go games will feature drop-in/drop-out gameplay which is activated by a second player shacking an additional Joy-Con. At this point an additional player will materialise on screen so that you and a friend can journey around Kanto together as well as take part in joint battles and capture Pokémon.
It seems that an additional player will share the 6 Pokémon that the main player has in their party.
Although these titles will not feature traditional online multiplayer, they will allow players to trade and battle players on other Switch consoles locally. When taking part in battles with NPC’s or other players, it seems the classic battle system will return with turn based moves to grind down a oppositions health.
New Poké Ball peripheral
Launching alongside the Let’s Go games will be the Poké Ball Plus. This Poké Ball shaped controller will work as a controller for within the Let’s Go games as well as working as an enhanced Pokémon Go Plus device. With a build in joystick and buttons players can navigate through Kanto as well as simulating their player throwing a ball to capture Pokémon. As an additional feature players can also digitally place a Pokémon in the Poké Ball Plus and bring it with them anywhere will interacting with it in a variety of ways.
These games are designed specifically to allow lapsed players an jumping off point for the series again as well as providing a new experience for those that have yet to try a Pokémon game.
They will be released on November 16th but for now you can watch the reveal trailer below.
Core Pokémon RPG 2019
As well as announcing the Let’s Go games, Game Freak announced that the core series Pokémon game that was teased at E3 2017 will be released in the second half of 2019. This game will be more traditional in the same vein as X/Y and Sun/Moon, something that is sure to please ‘hardcore’ fans that are looking for an experience more akin to the games that have made the series famous. This likely means that the classic battle system will return as well as a more varied range of Pokémon and perhaps even new ones to capture in an unexplored region.
That is everything that was announced at the event however with a mobile game released and Nintendo Switch games only a few months away we are sure to have new information soon. I’ll be sure to keep you up to date with the latest details but until then it might be best to launch Pokémon Go again.