Pokemon Let’s Go Series Announced for Nintendo Switch
The Pokémon Company has announced that the previously leaked Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee will be releasing on Nov 16, 2018. The new titles, which appear to be inspired by 1998’s Pokémon Yellow, involve the players traveling around the land of Kanto with either a Pikachu or Eevee by their side, based on which version of the game they’re playing.
Much like the name alludes to, the Pokémon Let’s Go games can be synced to a player’s phone to allow communications between Pokémon Let’s Go on the Nintendo Switch, and Pokémon Go on mobile devices. The trailer shows Pokémon being caught via Pokémon Go transferring to an in-game location, called GO Park, where players can interact and, presumably, capture these Pokémon for use in Let’s Go.
Pokémon Let’s Go is also adopting motion controls in the form of Pokémon Go-esque capture system. Players will use a single joycon, or the newly announced Poké Ball Plus, to explore the region of Kanto. Upon running into a wild Pokémon, players can then capture the wild encounters by throwing Poké Balls at them in a system reminiscent to how players catch Pokémon in Pokémon Go.
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The newly announced Poké Ball Plus will be able to connect with the nintendo Switch to act as a Joy-Con controller. Players can also use the Poké Ball to transfer a Pokémon into it to travel around in the real world. The trailer showcases a player transferring their Pikachu to the device, and then bringing it back out later to interact with it on the go, complete with lights and sounds. Although it will only work with Let’s Go on launch, the Poké Ball Plus will also be able to paired with player’s phones to act as a Pokémon Go Plus for Pokémon Go.
Pokémon Let’s Go will also feature Multiplayer, allowing for another player to grab a joycon and join in on the adventure. Players will be able to jump into the game at specific parts in the game to control an avatar and help to battle and capture Pokémon.
In an interview with IGN, Pokémon Series Director Junichi Masuda confirmed that Pokémon Let’s Go will be a simplified version of the core games. This can be seen in the trailer through a lack of Wild Encounters, which have been replaced by visibly showing Pokémon in tall grass. Masuda mentioned more features of the games will be announced soon, and to stay tuned.
However, if a simplified Pokémon Experience isn’t for you, it was also announced that the next title in the “Core Series RPG” is coming in 2019. Hinting at the fact that while this new version may be simplified, Pokémon Company isn’t ready to show all of their cards for the next generation of the Pokémon Series.
With #PokemonQuest and #PokemonLetsGo, there are so many new ways to explore the world of Pokémon! Trainers can look forward to even more with an all-new core series Pokémon RPG title in development for the second half of 2019! pic.twitter.com/d5uiIpenMI
— Pokémon (@Pokemon) May 30, 2018
Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee will be available for $59.99 on November 16 on the Nintendo Switch. The Poké Ball Plus will also release on the 16th, although the price has yet to be announced.