It’s been over a year since the Switch launched and in that time we’ve been treated with exceptional game after exceptional game, but one thing was still missing… A true Pokémon game. I know what you’re thinking ‘Matt there’s Pokkén tournament on the Switch. Can’t you read your game cases?’ And whilst you wouldn’t be wrong (about Pokkén, not my reading abilities), That’s not what I’m talking about. What I’m talking about is a true core Pokémon experience. The likes of catching, training and battling other trainers on your quest to become the very best… like no one ever was.
What is Pokémon Let’s Go?
Enter Pokémon: Let’s Go Eevee & Let’s Go, Pikachu! A re-imagining of the classic Pokemon Yellow, (We’ll look past the fact it’s taken 22 years for Eevee to finally get her own game). Pokémon: Let’s Go looks to merge the likes of traditional Pokémon adventures, with the more casual experience implemented by the mobile sensation Pokémon Go. There’s a nice new art style, and even the addition of what looks to be drop in drop out co-op thanks to the switch’s two Joy-cons. Not only will catching Pokémon become easier but getting to explore the Kanto region as a pair of trainers, from the comfort of your couch is little too good to pass up. On top of the neat updates Pokémon no longer pounce on your from the unknown, as they can all be seen wandering the environment. Whether that just means you’ll be chased around by a swarm of zubats, or have the choice to avoid them entirely remains to be seen.
Much like the first adventure, your partner will remain with you throughout your journey, whether that be riding on your shoulder or just relaxing on your head. You’ll gradually befriend your Eevee or Pikachu over the adventure as you not only journey with them, but battle your opponents Pokémon & even dress them up in a wide variety of outfits to improve your connection… and their swagger.
At the moment we’re a little light on details as to what Pokémon Go‘s role will actually be in Pokémon: Let’s Go. Although what we do know is only Kanto region Pokémon can be transferred across to the two new games, and from what the trailers are showing they’ll appear in something known as the ‘GO Park’. Whether it’ll be a free safari? A Pokémon petting zoo or maybe just a simple place for your GO captures to relax? None of us know. For now Nintendo is staying tight lipped and promising more news about this feature to be revealed soon, so until then we’ll be left speculating.
Perhaps one of the neatest looking bits of kit to accompany any Pokémon game is the new Pokéball Plus. A new peripheral for the Switch that acts as both controller & travel companion. The new controller features LED lighting, sound effects & a central joystick (the Pokéballs release button), so you can catch Pokémon and take them out for a morning stroll afterwards. It looks like a neat twist on the conventional controller, we can’t imagine it’d be compatible with much else, but with a 3 hour battery life we are pretty excited to start catching Pokémon in our very own Pokéball. Though thankfully the strap is included so we won’t accidentally launch the Pokéball Plus into our TV screens straight away.
What We Hope
With the game set to launch November 16th there’s not even half a year to wait before we get our hands on Pokémon: Let’s Go. Meaning plenty more details about the games will start to pour out in the coming months, and with so much excitement already building here’s hoping each new reveal keeps that momentum going. 3D Pokémon battles on the go, a remake of the game that started the obsession for most of us, all brought across to Nintendo’s best platform (In our opinion). In short, it looks great, and we’re beyond excited for the latest Pokémon title to hit.
What do you think to Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee? Do you think it looks to casual? Or perhaps just the right amount of balance for newcomers and veterans alike? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.