Rumours have been swirling about a new Pokemon game for the Nintendo Switch. Since it was announced in 2017, we’ve be speculating about what a Pokemon game for the Nintendo Switch might look like.
Well look no further than Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Evee when they release for the Nintendo Switch on November 16th, 2018.
The newest Pokemon games were officially revealed by Nintendo today and while it was assumed that these were the core Pokemon RPG games we were promised but as it turns out, Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Evee will NOT be considered part of the core series.
However, not all bad news. The core series Pokemon RPG is scheduled for the back-half of 2019.
While I was personally disappointed this wasn’t the core RPG game we were hoping for, it’s not all bad. The two new Pokemon games have a number of twist that look different, fun, and might be controversial to some of the more hardcore players. You can take a look at the trailer for Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Evee Below.
Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Evee Trailer Breakdown
The first thing you’ll notice from the video above is that Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Evee are connected to Pokemon Go and in-fact, they actually share certain elements with each other. The game only needs one controller and utilizes motion controls so players can capture Pokemon similar to Pokemon Go.
A really neat element they’re including with the game includes Poke Ball Plus, and electronic Pokeball accessories you can use to play Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Evee. The clip above shows someone choosing which Pokemon to store in the accessories and bringing their Pokeball to lunch (in the real world) and interacting with a Pikachu while at lunch (nerd).
Something that really stood out to me was that Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Evee will include couch co-op! We don’t get a lot of couch co-op these days to it’s really great that the Pokemon Company included this for players, especially because it will most likely be kids playing this game. Some of my best memories are couch co-op games with my brother, friends and cousins so I’m hoping that kids from this generation of gaming don’t get to miss out on memories like that.
In fact, the director of the Let’s Go games, Junichi Masuda, said he was inspired by Pokemon Go and the children unable to play the game alongside fellow Pokemon Trainers. That’s an interesting point that never really crossed my mind. With Pokemon Go being a mobile game, there aren’t too many children who are able to play it.
Another feature in the game includes connecting to your Pokemon Go app and transferring Pokemon into Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Evee.
While it seems like a neat idea, some at the Game Savvy team have expressed their skepticism with combining console and mobile gaming, as well as including Pokemon Go features into the console game. For example, if you’re just starting the game and transfer over your really powerful Nidoking, does that mean you’ll roll on through the game easy peasy?
Time will tell.
The game also shares elements with the core series Pokemon RPG. You’ll get to explore a reimagined and upgraded version of 1998’s Pokemon Red / Blue / Yellow version and look to only include the first generation of Pokemon, including the very powerful MewTwo!
Similar to the newest Pokemon game on the Nintendo Switch, Pokemon Quest which was just released, Let’s Go Pikachu and Evee are meant to be a more casual game than the core Pokemon games.
When you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. It’s their first couple of Pokemon games for a brand new console so the game seem more simple, easier to understand and play.
So, with all these differences, how does the game play?
While we can see some gameplay from the video above, it doesn’t seem very clear.
My initial assumption from everything I knew about rumors and from the video above is that it was a revamped, remastered Pokemon Yellow version set in Kanto. From what we know, the game will be set in Kanto, will only include the first generation of Pokemon, and that battles against trainers will remain the same. Classic 4 moves, turn based combat is included it has been in every other core Pokemon game. This is great news because it doesn’t look like there will be any battling when it comes to wild Pokemon encounters.
Free roaming Pokemon have replaced random encounter battles in tall grass and caves. When you come across a Pokemon you simply have to make contact with them and the “battle” begins. However, instead of using your Pokemon to weaken the other, you simply throw your Pokeballs a la Pokemon Go.
There’s two things to take away from above.
Yes it’s pretty dissapointing that there is not battling system when it comes to wild Pokemon Encounters. How amazing is it that there are no more random encounters and you get to see Pokemon roaming free?!
All in all, I would say I’m personally a little disappointed that this game isn’t what we thought it was going to be. However, that’s not to say the core RPG releasing in 2019 won’t be! I’m met with a combination of excitement for something new and shiny from the Pokemon Company as well as skepticism as this game wasn’t designed for me, but more casual gamers and children.
What do you think about Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Evee? Sound off in the comments below! And for all things Pokemon, keep it savvy with Game Savvy.