After recent leaks and rumors, The Pokemon Company has announced Pokemon Let & # 39; s Go Pikachu and Let & # 39; s Go Eevee for Nintendo Switch. Inspired by Pokemon Yellow, the new Pokémon RPGs are established in the Kanto region and also connect to Pokemon Go. Here is all we know about the new Pokemon games so far, including the correct rumors and how Pokemon Go fits into the image.
What are they?
Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee is not the core of the Pokemon RPG announced to Switch during the Nintendo E3 2017 press conference; that game, often called "Pokemon Switch", will be released in late 2019. Let's Play games are Pokemon RPGs, however, and are developed by Game Freak. Director and producer Junichi Masuda said that Let's Play games are designed specifically for newcomers to the Pokemon series, especially those who are familiar with Pokemon Go, and who have been in development for about two years. .
So Is This Pokemon Go On the switch?
No. Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee share a lot with Pokemon Go, as was rumored; They use the mechanics of catching Go's Pokemon, which means that you throw Poke Balls at wild Pokémon to catch them instead of fighting them. You can also connect Let & # 39; s Go games to Go through a Bluetooth connection, and you can transfer Pokémon from Go into Let's Go (though not the other way around). Pokémon appear in the overworld before you can start capturing them, and you can send gifts to Pokemon Go from Let & # 39; s Go as well.
However, the Let & # 39; s Go games are Pokémon RPGs, and you explore the Kanto region as you would in Red and Blue. While you can not fight against wild Pokémon, you can fight against NPCs and other players, and those battles use the turn-based system of the main Pokémon games. Masuda has said that Let's Play have a "simplified approach" to statistics compared to main games, and we do not know how Pokemon level rises, but your player character does not have a level like in Go. Connecting to Pokemon Go is also not necessary to play.
Are these Pokémon Yellow Remakes?
This was a prominent rumor, but it is not exactly accurate. However, the Let & # 39; s Go games are strongly inspired by Yellow, and Pikachu or Eevee (depending on your version) remain by your side throughout the game instead of going in a Poke Ball while you explore. These games are set in Kanto, but we still do not know if you remain in Kanto or what the story will be like.
How does the Pokemon From Go Work transfer work?
Let & # 39; s Go games connect to Pokemon Go via Bluetooth. Once you transfer a Pokémon, it is sent to a specific area where you must trap it. We still do not know how the statistics will be transferred (or will be generated randomly, since they are in Pokemon Bank when Pokemon is being stored from the first or second generation games in the virtual console), but Masuda confirmed that Pokemon that are bright in Go will remain bright in Let's Go. That's a big problem, since certain Pokemon Go events make the bright Pokémon much more common than they would be in the main Pokemon games.
Are they traded and connected to Pokemon Bank?
Masuda confirmed that you will be able to exchange Pokémon between the Let's Play. Pokemon transfer from Go only works in one direction. When asked about Pokemon Bank, he said he could not comment; He also did not comment on whether Let's Play games would be compatible with current or future Pokémon games.
What Pokemon Are In Let & # 39; s Go?
Masuda confirmed that the first 151 Pokémon, as well as their Alolan forms of the Sun and Moon would appear on Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee. We still do not know if you will unlock an expanded Pokedex by winning the game, as in previous generation remakes.
Eevee's prominence in these games is not a surprise; Eevee has been widely featured with Pikachu in several recent Pokemon Center merchandise series, the most recent of which, Salko Soda, is currently only available in Japan. Eevee was also the Pokémon initiator of his rival in Pokemon Yellow, which makes him the natural "opposite" of Pikachu for the two versions of Let's Go.
Can you breed Pokémon? What about competitive battles?
There is no Pokemon playback (and therefore no eggs) on Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee. Although battles against NPCs and other players follow the same format in turn as central Pokemon games, it is not yet clear how statistics work. That means that competitive Pokemon players, who depend on Pokémon breeding for good IVs (individual values or initial statistics) and training for the correct EVs (effort values or statistics obtained in battles), may not have as much to work on. We are going to play.
The official Pokemon competitive series, the VGC, is currently played with Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. When asked which players the players would be competing next year, representatives of The Pokemon Company did not comment.
Let & # 39; s Go Pikachu and Let & Go Eevee have the cooperation of two players. While playing using a Joy-Con, another player can shake the second Joy-Con and join as a support character when in open areas or in a battle. This player can help you catch Pokémon and can fight with you (although it does not seem to start a double battle).
Pokemon: We're going to Pikachu and we're going to go to Eevee on the Nintendo Switch on November 16th. The release next to them (but sold separately) is the Poke Ball Plus controller, which is a Joy-Con type peripheral that you can use to capture Pokémon.