Tonight at an event in Japan, Nintendo and Game Freak announced first details on the upcoming Pokemon games for the Nintendo Switch. Pokemon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Eevee will launch on the Nintendo Switch on November 16 this year. They will cost $60 each while the Pokeball Plus accessory will retail for $50.
These two games feature Pokemon such as Eevee and Pikachu riding outside of their Pokeballs just like Pikachu did in Pokemon Yellow back in 1998. Yes if you were wondering these two titles are remakes of that original Gameboy game but there are plenty of changes. They feature a new Pokemon Go-style catching system that allow you to use the motion controls of a single JoyCon. They also introduce co-op play allowing you and a friend to adventure together and fight together. The games will also feature connectivity with the mobile game Pokemon GO.
It appears that the game will feature only the original 151 Pokemon just like Pokemon Yellow and is set in the Kanto region. Catching Pokemon is different now in that you see the Pokemon in the overworld roaming around and then interact with them to bring up the catch screen. You no longer battle the Pokemon to weaken them instead you just use the motion controls to throw Pokeballs and catch them much like Pokemon GO. If you have caught any of the original 151 Pokemon in Pokemon GO you can bring them over to Pokemon Let’s Go!
Let us know in the comments what you think of Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee. You can read Nintendo’s full press release on the game below.
With Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, Pokémon is inviting fans on a new journey by taking them back to a familiar setting. Inspired by Pokémon Yellow, which was originally released in Japan on Nintendo’s Game Boy in 1998, these two new titles feature many of the intuitive gameplay functions offered to players in the hugely popular Pokémon GO and are designed for players taking their first steps into the Pokémon video game world. Trainers will embark on an epic adventure set in the iconic Kanto region joined by their trusty Pikachu in Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Eevee in Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! They feature brand new gameplay to make the most of the unique capabilities of Nintendo Switch, such as throwing Poké Balls to catch Pokémon by swinging Joy-Con™ controllers, as well as the opportunity for family and friends to battle and explore together in a new two-player mode. The games were unveiled in partnership with GAME FREAK, the games’ developers and original creators of the Pokémon video game franchise.
“With the launch of Pokémon GO in 2016 and the global sensation that ensued, millions of new players were introduced to the world of Pokémon,” said Junichi Masuda, director at GAME FREAK inc. “For many people, Pokémon GO was their first experience with the Pokémon brand, so we have crafted these two new titles to be an accessible entry point to our core RPG series while giving our longtime fans a new way to play Pokémon.”
The connection between these two new titles and Pokémon GO doesn’t end there – literally. GAME FREAK and The Pokémon Company teamed up with Niantic to bring next-level innovation by offering players the ability to connect their Pokémon GO to their Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! game. Players can catch Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region in Pokémon GO and then transfer them into their Nintendo Switch adventure. Something special will also be coming to the world of Pokémon GO, making the connection between both games even more appealing for Trainers. Details for this will be revealed in the near future.
The Poké Ball Plus* a device that can be used to play Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! in place of a Joy-Con or alongside Pokémon GO instead of the Pokémon GO Plus, was also unveiled, continuing the innovative ways to connect the games. The Poké Ball Plus features motion controls, lights up with a variety of colors, vibrates, and plays sounds. When catching a Pokémon in the Nintendo Switch games, players will be able to feel it moving within the device. It also does more than function as a controller—using the Poké Ball Plus, players can bring one of their Pokémon from Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! with them as they explore the real world, giving Trainers the opportunity to spend time with favorite Pokémon even when they’re not playing the game. Additionally, Trainers can receive a variety of rewards once Pokémon are returned to the Nintendo Switch games.
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! will launch on November 16, 2018, exclusively on Nintendo Switch. The Poké Ball Plus will be available at participating retailers on the same day.