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Pokemon Let’s Go Is NOT What You Think It Is
The next Pokemon game returns to where it all began, in the Kanto Region asÂ PokÃ©mon: Letâ€™s Go, Pikachu!Â andÂ PokÃ©mon: Letâ€™s Go, Eevee!Â hits the Nintendo Switch come November 16 this year.
However, it should not be confused with the ‘coreÂ PokÃ©mon RPG’ for the Switch which was teased at E3 2017. That one is set to hit stores late next year.
Developed by Game Freak, director and producer of the Let’s Go titles, Junichi Masuda emphasized that the Let’s Go games are designed for newbies to the PokÃ©mon games, especially those whose entry to the franchise was viaÂ PokÃ©mon Go. He added that it has been in development for around two years.
While many might still be confused as to what is the game going to be like, just imagine expanding yourÂ PokÃ©mon Go experience from your mobile devices and taking it to the Nintendo Switch. Like the one on mobile, you use hand gestures to catch wildÂ PokÃ©monÂ but instead of flicking your finger, you now utilise the Switch Joy-Cons to ‘throw’ your PokÃ© Ball to catch wild PokÃ©mon.
In Let’s Go, you retrace your adventures in the Kanto Region – e.g a modern take of PokÃ©mon Yellow, with tons of cross-play and AR integration to the game. At the time of writing, we cannot confirm on its story but we have a feeling it will be loosely tied to the original storyline with a modern twist to it.
But what we know is that this game places a high emphasis on enhanced interaction with the highly successfulÂ PokÃ©mon Go app.Â
You will not needÂ PokÃ©mon Go to play Let’s Go, but why haven’t you, right? That’s one of the core experiences of the game anyway.
As seen in the trailer, players are able to transfer wild PokÃ©mon caught via mobile phones to their Let’s Go saves. We understand that this is a one-way thing only, meaning your Let’s GoÂ PokÃ©mon cannot be transferred to your Go account.
On the bright side, Masuda did confirm that PokÃ©mon that are shiny in Go will remain shiny in the Switch version, but PokÃ©mon with special hats in Go cannot be transferred to Let’s Go.
There will be 150 of the originalÂ PokÃ©mon in Let’s Go, along with their AlolanÂ forms from Sun and Moon. Your starter Pikachu and Eevee will not evolve, but other Pikachu or Eevee caught in-game can. If you, like us are Eevee evolutionÂ aficionados, then be prepared to be disappointed as only Jolteon, Flareon, and Vaporeon are available out of Eevee’s eight evolutions in the game.
To be honest, we’d rather have Umbreons and Espeons than the Alolan versionÂ PokÃ©mon. What about you?
Since there are no breeding in the Let’s Go titles, there will be no eggs in-game. Players who breedÂ PokÃ©mon to obtain good IV and EV stats may still find the solace in Matsuda’s claim that the game, like any other main Pokemon RPGs are “accessible” but with “depth” forÂ PokÃ©mon trainers.
While trainers can partake in online battles viaÂ local wireless and Wi-Fi, there will be no ranked battles in Let’s Go titles. Speaking of which, a co-op mode allows a second player to hop in and battle together to catch wildÂ PokÃ©mon. Using the second Joy-Con, two friends can team up to capture a wildÂ PokÃ©mon. However, we are still unclear about double battles between players and NPCs in Let’s Go.
Also unveiled was another gimmicky thingamajig called the PokÃ©Ball Plus. The PokÃ© Ball-shaped device can be used to playÂ PokÃ©mon: Letâ€™s Go, Pikachu!Â andÂ PokÃ©mon: Letâ€™s Go, Eevee!Â in place of your Joy-Con. Youâ€™ll be able to throw PokÃ© Balls in-game with a flick of your wrist and even ‘take’ your favouriteÂ PokÃ©mon out on a stroll.
No word on how it interacts with theÂ PokÃ©mon Go Plus device at the time of writing though.
So that’s all we know aboutÂ PokÃ©mon Let’s Go, Pikachu! andÂ PokÃ©mon Let’s Go, Eevee! for now. Expect more news related to the game to roll out as E3 inches closer. If you have any questions, do fire away and we will try our best to Diglett for the answers.