Nintendo Switch is finally getting a Pokemon game and it looks amazing. Nintendo recently announced Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! for the Nintendo Switch console that are releasing this year alongside another game slated to release in 2019.
One of the games coming this year is Pokemon: Let’s Go! and we have collected all the information that is out there about the game and have detailed them here for you. You can check out the trailer for the game below:
Everything About Pokemon: Let’s Go!
Pokemon: Let’s Go! is about the first ever Pokemon adventure set in the Kanto region. Players will return to the Kanto region where they will be able to start their Pokemon journey right from the beginning. The game will start in Pallet Town where you will go and meet with Professor Oak to get your starter Pokemon.
The game comes in two variants, Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee!. Both titles are the same and the only difference in both games is the starting Pokemon where one offers you Pikachu while the other one offers you Eevee. Apart from this, both games are exactly identical.
Return to the Kanto region and experience a classic Pokémon journey in a whole new way with Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! on the Nintendo Switch! Coming November 16, 2018: https://t.co/kXLdxUMjjA #PokemonLetsGo pic.twitter.com/EKzQsTbDuE
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Pokemon: Let’s Go! will feature the original 151 Pokemon from the Kanto region along with their Alolan region forms. We currently do not know if Pokemon from other regions will be added to the game in the future but since the game is set in the Kanto region, we are highly doubtful about that.
However, we do have confirmed the news that both the games will feature all-new Pokemon as well. Details on this have not been confirmed yet. Apart from the Pokemon, we will also see some of the old characters return to the game such as Professor Oak, Brock, and Team Rocket. We are also hoping that other notable characters will also return to the game.
Coming to the gyms, all gyms are also returning to the game that are present in the Kanto region; however, we are not sure about their gym leaders. They may be old ones or could be new ones; however; we would love if all old gym leaders would return in Pokemon: Let’s Go!.
Some of the gyms in the game have been completely remodeled to make them appear new while some will look exactly like their own versions.
Pokemon: Let’s Go! is taking a lot of inspirations from Pokemon Go and the biggest one is how you catch Pokemon in the game now. The turn-based move battles with wild Pokemon have now been replaced with the Pokemon Go styled Poke Ball throw catches.
You will use your Joy-Con to throw the Poke Ball at the Pokemon to catch them. This means that you will need to move your arm just like in the game to throw the Poke Balls. This is a big change from the original game mechanic.
Pokemon: Let’s Go! further builds on this idea and improves it even further. Harder Pokemon will be moving around the screen so it will be much harder to throw the Poke Ball at them and you will also have to use special hand movements to throw the ball more effectively at them.
Playing on the handheld will change the catching method, as your whole console becomes a controller. To catch a Pokemon in handheld mode, you will be required to press a button on the controller and then move the entire Switch in a Poke Ball throwing pattern to throw the Poke Ball at them.
The wild Pokemon are also now visible on the map and do not jump on you in tall grass. Special Pokemon will have different auras around them indicating that they are special Pokemon and they will be much harder to catch.
For example, Blue Auras represent smaller than average Pokemon while Red Auras represent bigger than average Pokemon. You can use berries to make them easier to catch just like Pokemon Go.
Normal battles with other NPCs and Gym Leaders remain the same and you will use the old familiar mechanic for playing them. They will use the same turn-based battle system so you do not have to worry about a new battle mechanic as well. You can set the difficulty of these battles as well.
While playing the game, your partner Pokemon, either Pikachu or Eevee, will ride on your hat or your shoulder. You can also choose a Pokemon to follow you around and interact with them. You will be able to have six Pokemon in your party at a time and carry the other ones around in the box.
You will be able to ride the bigger ones as well such as Onix or Charizard. All evolutions can also be done normally except that you will not be able to evolve your starter Pokemon. If you catch a wild Pikachu or Eevee, you will be able to evolve them normally. Evolution is only prohibited for the starter Pokemon.
You can also level up your Pokemon by using them more in the battle. As a Pokemon engages in more Pokemon encounters and trainer battles, they will gain experience and eventually level up. Make sure that you use your favorite Pokemon as much as possible so that they can level up quickly.
Using Experience Share will distribute the experience gained from an encounter or a battle between all the Pokemon in your party so use them as well. This will help in leveling up your entire party. Candies return in Pokemon: Let’s Go! and you can trade your extra Pokemon with Professor Oak to get them. They are used for stat boosts.
You will be able to trade Pokemon with other players using wireless and Wi-Fi. You will need online membership for the Nintendo Switch Online service, which is starting in September. Same goes for Pokemon battles. Trading and Battles return to Pokemon: Let’s Go!, however, you will not be able to breed them using eggs like in Pokemon Go.
Pokemon: Let’s Go! will feature a co-op mode where a second can jump right into the action using a second Joy-Con controller. They will be able to help you in battling wild Pokemon, Trainers and helping you take over Gyms as well. The second player can enter and leave the game at any point they want.
Pokemon Go and Pokemon: Let’s Go! Integration
Both games are completely integrated with one and other and you will be able to transfer Pokemon caught in Pokemon Go to your Pokemon: Let’s Go! save file. You will be able to do so using Bluetooth or Poke Ball Plus. However, you can only transfer Pokemon from Go to Let’s Go. This does not work the other way around.
Poke Ball Plus
Nintendo is releasing a new device called Poke Ball Plus with the game, which is essentially a small Poke Ball that you can carry around. However, this is not just a visual attraction.
You can actually use the Poke Ball Plus to carry your Pokemon around where ever you go. It will help you to transfer your Pokemon between your mobile and console game as well. When you transfer a Pokemon to a Poke Ball Plus, it will light up and make Pokemon noises.
We have a confirmed release date for Pokemon: Let’s Go!. Both Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! will release on Nov. 16, 2018 and will come out exclusively on the Nintendo Switch console.
This is in no way a replacement game to the main Pokemon RPG game. Nintendo plans to launch the core game in 2019 so until it does that, Pokemon: Let’s Go! will be able to help us wait much easier for it.
It is a complete RPG and aims to bring the best Pokemon adventure to us so we should not take it for a half-baked title. It is looking amazing so far and we cannot wait to play it using the new Poke Ball Plus device.
Let us know in the comments section below about how you feel about the new Pokemon game as well as the new changes that have been implemented in the game. Are you excited to start your very first Nintendo Switch Pokemon journey?