With E3 around the corner, Nintendo have been hard at work in preparing major reveals. From Metriod to Pokemon there is a lot to be exciting for at Nintendo’s E3 conference.
However, we have received trailer for an up coming Pokemon RPG for the Nintendo Switch. As per the trailer shown on YouTube, the upcoming titles are Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee, which seem follow the traditional release of variants of the same game. Inspired by Pokemon Yellow, the new Pokemon RPGs are set in the Kanto region and also connect to Pokemon Go. Here’s everything we know about the new Pokemon games so far, including what rumors were correct and how Pokemon Go fits into the picture.
Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee are not the core Pokemon RPG announced for Switch during Nintendo’s E3 2017 press conference; that game, often called “Pokemon Switch,” is set to release in late 2019. The Let’s Go games are Pokemon RPGs, however, and are developed by Game Freak. Director and producer Junichi Masuda said that the Let’s Go games are specifically designed for newcomers to the Pokemon series, especially those who are familiar with Pokemon Go, and that they have been in development for around two years.
Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee do share a lot with Pokemon Go, as was rumored; they utilize Go’s Pokemon capture mechanics, meaning you throw Poke Balls at wild Pokemon to catch them rather than battling them. You can also connect the Let’s Go games to Go via a Bluetooth connection, and you can transfer Pokemon from Go into Let’s Go (though not the other way around). Pokemon appear in the overworld before you can initiate capturing them, and you can send gifts to Pokemon Go from Let’s Go as well.
It does not seem that Let’s Go is just the Pokemon GO but on the switch. However, the Let’s Go games are Pokemon RPGs, and you explore the Kanto region just as you would in Red and Blue. While you can’t battle wild Pokemon, you can battle NPCs and other players, and those battles use the turn-based system of the main Pokemon games. You get experience points both from catching Pokemon as well as battling other trainers, though Masuda said the leveling system hasn’t been finalized yet.
Masuda has confirmed that the first 150 Pokemon as well as their Alolan forms from Sun and Moon would appear in Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee. We don’t know yet if you’ll unlock an expanded Pokedex when beating the game, like in the remakes of previous generations. Additionally, each version has slightly different Pokemon available (like always).
Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee feature two-player co-op. While playing using one Joy-Con, another player can shake the second Joy-Con and join as a support character when in open areas or battle. This player can help you catch Pokemon and can battle alongside you (though it doesn’t appear to initiate a double battle).
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.