Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!, which mark Pokemon’s debut on the Nintendo Switch, are due out in a few months. Because of this, we’ve gathered all of the information currently available about the latest installments in the Pokemon franchise.
To start things off, here is the initial reveal trailer for LGPE:
Return to Kanto
Rather than traversing a new generation and consequently a new region, LGPE are bringing fans back to the OG region: Kanto. Acting as a remake to the classic game Pokemon Yellow, you will explore Kanto for the first time since 2009/2010’s HeartGold and SoulSilver, meaning you will see the region in stunning graphics for the first time. You will begin your journey with either Eevee or Pikachu, and from there will take on everything the Kanto region has to offer.
A special feature returning to these games is Pokemon following their trainers. Fans have been wanting this for years, since HeartGold and SoulSilver, and LGPE will finally see the return of it.
Gym Battles Roar Once Again
Generation 7 saw the exit of Pokemon Gyms, which had been around since the very first Pokemon games. In their place stood the Trials of the Alola Region. However, with the return to Kanto, fans will be able to experience gym battles again with beautiful graphics. Brock, Misty, and Lt. Surge are confirmed to return, and we have no doubt that the others will be back as well.
One aspect that will be different is that some, if not all, gyms will have entrance requirements. For example, we know that in order to get into Brock’s Gym, the player character must have a Grass or Water-type Pokemon in their party. What do you think about these requirements?
Capture Pokemon Like Never Before
After obtaining Pikachu or Eevee as your Starter Pokemon, you’ll be able to catch as many wild Pokemon as you want. However, the mechanics in Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’ Go, Eevee! have changed. Players will not battle wild Pokemon anymore, and will also have to throw Poke Balls with the joy cons to catch Pokemon. Furthermore, wild Pokemon will appear in the overworld, rather than only being seen through random encounters.
You’ll also want to catch wild Pikachu and Eevee if you want to register their evolutions into the Pokedex, because the Starter Pokemon you receive cannot evolve.
Enter Team Rocket
A return to the Kanto region wouldn’t be complete without the subsequent return of Team Rocket. Jessie and James appear with their iconic Ekans and Koffing, respectively, as underlings to Giovanni. With your Pikachu or Eevee, you must debunk the nefarious schemes of Team Rocket as you progress through your gym challenge!
Connect to Pokemon Go – and with other players!
With Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!, players can send their Pokemon from Pokemon GO to these Switch games and use them on their journey. Shiny Pokemon in GO will remain shiny in LGPE, and GO will allow players to be able to use the Alolan Formes of Kanto Pokemon in their journey!
LGPE also sees the introduction of multiplayer mode. If another player connects, you can battle together, explore Kanto together, capture Pokemon together, etc. It makes for an all new adventure in Kanto.
Customize Your Partner
Character customization returns, and extends to Pikachu and Eevee as well! You can give your Starter Pokemon a variety of haircuts and outfits to make them unique and specific to you and your style!
Mega Evolution Returns!
In the latest trailer for the games, we see the return of Mega Evolution. After being shafted to the post-game in the last couple Pokemon entries, it’s nice to see the mechanic returning in what is hopefully a more prominent role. Considering we are returning to Kanto, utilizing Mega Evolution earlier in the game would be a fun way to make this visit to Kanto unique and fresh.
Are you hoping for new Mega Evolutions in these games? If so, let us know in the comments which Generation 1 Pokemon you’d like to see receive Mega Evolutions!
An All-New Pokemon Appears?!
A new Pokemon has been confirmed to be in the game, and will be transferable to Pokemon GO. Most fans of the franchise are either of the opinion that it will be a new Eevee evolution, or that it will be a new Mythical Pokemon. What do you think, and what would you like to see it be?
Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! are slated for a November 16, 2018, release worldwide and can be pre-ordered and picked up everywhere you buy video games. In addition to the games, a special peripheral called the Poke Ball Plus will available for purchase. It will act as a joy con, and if you purchase it you can receive the Legendary Pokemon Mew in LGPE.
Are you excited for Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee? Which game are you choosing? Comment below and tweet us @Fuzzable with all of your love for Pokemon!