The Pokemon Company has announced their next mainline Pokemon RPG game, complete with a dedicated Pokemon themed accessory are coming to Switch in November. Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let’s Go Eevee! are inspired by Pokemon Yellow, take place in Kanto, and serve as a console counterpart to Pokemon Go. From the trailer, the Let’s Go games look graphically similar to Pokemon Sun and Moon. Players will be able to catch Pokemon using the Switch’s motion controls, the interface for which looks nearly identical to Go’s. Not only does the interface resemble Pokemon Go, the Pokemon themselves are nearly identical to their Go incarnations, with smoother edges and higher textures.
The Pokemon Company also wants the Let’s Go games to serve both new found fans brought in by Go as well as the mainline RPG games. Your partner, whether its Eevee or Pikachu, will be a bigger part of your team: You can pet them and customize them with different outfits. Much like Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver, you can have one other Pokemon in your party follow you around. PokeRide also returns allowing players to ride Pokemon such as Onyx and Charizard around the world. Pokemon will also be visible inside the tall grass, removing a degree randomness to Pokemon battles.
The Let’s Go games will also feature co-op. In co-op mode, each player can hold a Joy-Con and manage a single pokemon in battle. Two players can explore the overworld at the same time, and make it easier to catch Pokemon in the catching interface.
The Let’s Go games will be fully compatible with Pokemon Go. Kanto-region Pokemon captured in Go can be transferred to Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee by connecting your Switch and Go accounts. Let’s Go can also be played entirely with a single Joy-Con, catching Pokemon by swinging it much like how one uses their finger to catch Pokemon in Go.
Alongside these new games, The Pokemon Company also announced the Poke Ball Plus accessory. It can be used in place of a Joy-Con and will light up and rumble when you play. It will also let you take your Pokemon out into the real world much like the Pokewalker from HeartGold and SoulSilver. The Poke Ball Plus will retail for $50.
Now for some important notes to make here for all those that are interested in these new games:
Firstly, it’s worth noting these games ARE NOT the Pokemon Switch RPG that was announced at E3 2017. That game is still coming, but will release next year in 2019.
Players will not be able to evolve your partner Pokémon regardless of the version, though you will be able to find and evolve other Pikachus and Eevees in the wild. However, only the original 150 Pokémon will be included, so Eevee will not be able to transform into anything other than Jolteon, Vaporeon, and Flareon. Alolan versions of some of the original 150 Pokémon will appear, however.
Pokémon storage will also work a bit differently. Though players still only have six party slots to work with, they will be able to shuffle their party around more easily by accessing a PC box stored in their bag.
To catch Pokémon while in handheld mode, players will have to use the Switch’s gyro sensor to move the Switch around and press a button to throw Pokéballs. There are no touch screen controls and the gyro aiming looks to be required. This seems like a MAJOR inconvenience considering the ease of using a simple touch screen to swipe instead of wildly swinging your Switch console to try and capture something.
As mentioned before, catching Pokemon uses the Pokemon Go interface so no more random battles in the wild. So players don’t need to worry about weakening the Pokemon before capture.
Despite the new interface and lack of battling required for catching Pokémon, you will still earn experience from these encounters. How exactly experience works and is distributed in the Let’s Go games is still undetermined.
And finally, The Let’s Go games will not include the ability to use HMs.
Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu, Let’s Go Eevee, and the Poke Ball Plus will all be available on November 16th.
For future developments, keep your eyes on Mammoth Gamers.