Ever since Nintendo released the Switch, people have been clamoring for a Pokemon game to go along with it. Today The Pokemon Company officially announced a pair of them for this November: Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s go Eevee!
This is confirmed to be a Pokemon Yellow remake, but it will be the first time that a spin off will get the modern remake treatment. Usually we have the mainline games of the Gen be turned into new games: Blue and Red from Gen 1 became Fire red and Leaf Green from Gen 3. Here we have the spinoff of Gen 1 be turned into two new games in what can be assumed to be Gen 8.
Depending on what version of the game you buy, will determine which creature you start with. Their names are in their respective titles, and as an avid Eevee fan- I could not be more excited to be able to start with my favorite Pokemon for the first time. In the original Pokemon Yellow, you picked Pikachu and your rival picked Eevee.
A big focus in the trailer is the connection to Pokemon Go. You can transfer some monsters from that mobile game into this Switch game. Also the catching mechanic in Let’s Go looks like they adopted the way it’s done in Go, all the way down to the same sound. Interesting to see The Pokemon Company putting in an effort to breathe some much needed life into Pokemon Go, when most thought that game was long since dead. Along with the Go partnership, they advertised a Pokeball peripheral that lets you get even more into the capturing as you weild it in the place of a joy con.
Also seen in the trailer, co-op adventuring and battling! Looks to be a drop in, drop out system. The main player uses one joy con, and whoever wants to play along would pick up the other. It’s not clear if you can play the whole game like this or not, but some exploring and some double battles are shown.
Some will be disappointed that this isn’t the core Pokemon game that many of us were hoping for. If you ask me- another trip to Kanto, with brand new and fun mechanics, along with the option to pick one of two of the most beloved pocket monsters in the series is a recipe for a great game to tide us over. The next core Pokemon game will be out about a year after this one.
Decades of video games and comic books have molded me into the nerd with a heart of gold that I am today. I can go full fanboy one second, and then gleefully play devil’s advocate the next- life is just more fun that way.