Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee Coming to Switch
If you were a fan of the mobile game sensation Pokémon Go, you are in for a treat. The addictive Pokémon-catching adventure is coming to the Switch with Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!
Based on a Pokémon Yellow remake, the game will be heavily influenced by Pokémon Go’s successful formula, both in visual style and gameplay mechanics.
As seen in the official trailer, there will be two iterations of the game: Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! You will therefore have to choose who your trusty companion will be for the remainder of your adventure; the renowned yellow mouse Pikachu or the equally adorable little fox Eevee.
The game will take place in the Kanto region, back where the original games were set. Much like the anime series, we will start off our journey in Pallet Town, guided by Professor Oak. For now, only the 151 original Pokémon were confirmed in the game but it is unlikely that it won’t change, especially if they follow the Pokémon Go formula so closely. There appears to be a co-op mode according to the trailer, showing a friend dropping in the middle of the game and joining forces to catch Pokémon together, in a vibrant open-world begging to be explored. Battles will also play a big part, much like the handheld games, in the form of classical turn-based encounters.
Players will be able to catch Pokémon on-screen with one Joy-Con as well as on their phone or tablet as the different devices will be interconnected and allow for trades and transfers over Wi-Fi. If you possessed an impressive collection on mobile and worry about losing your progress, fear not! They will be transferable from your phone to the Switch via Bluetooth.
Nintendo decided to go all in with this notorious franchise. They even created a controller in the shape of a Poké Ball (the Poké Ball Plus) that can be thrown forward in order to catch a Pokémon, making all our childhood fantasies of becoming a Pokémon master come true.
While director Junichi Masuda described the game in a European Q&A as a “kind of casual, lighter experience” aimed at younger players, we are sure that some hardcore fans of all ages will be tempted by this home console game.
The game is scheduled for release on November 16 for the Nintendo Switch!
Also, keep an eye on a future Pokémon RPG game sometime in late 2019…