After current leaks and rumors, The Pokemon Company has introduced Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee for Nintendo Switch. Inspired by Pokemon Yellow, the brand new Pokemon RPGs are set within the Kanto area and likewise connect with Pokemon Go. Here’s all the pieces we all know concerning the new Pokemon video games to this point, together with what rumors had been appropriate and the way Pokemon Go matches into the image.
What Are They?
Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee are usually not the core Pokemon RPG introduced for Switch throughout Nintendo’s E3 2017 press convention; that recreation, typically known as “Pokemon Switch,” is about to launch in late 2019. The Let’s Go video games are mainline Pokemon RPGs, nevertheless, and are developed by Game Freak. Director and producer Junichi Masuda stated that the Let’s Go video games are particularly designed for newcomers to the Pokemon collection, particularly those that are conversant in Pokemon Go, and that they’ve been in improvement for round two years.
So Is This Pokemon Go On Switch?
No. Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee do share loads with Pokemon Go, as was rumored; they make the most of Go’s Pokemon seize mechanics, which means you throw Poke Balls at wild Pokemon to catch them relatively than battling them. You also can join the Let’s Go video games to Go through a Bluetooth connection, and you may switch Pokemon from Go into Let’s Go (although not the opposite manner round). Pokemon seem within the overworld earlier than you may provoke capturing them, and you may ship presents to Pokemon Go from Let’s Go as effectively.
However, the Let’s Go video games are Pokemon RPGs, and also you discover the Kanto area simply as you’ll in Red and Blue. While you may’t battle wild Pokemon, you may battle NPCs and different gamers, and people battles use the turn-based system of the principle Pokemon video games. You get expertise factors each from catching Pokemon in addition to battling different trainers, although Masuda stated the leveling system hasn’t been finalized but.
Is Pokemon Go Required? What About Motion Controls?
Pokemon Go just isn’t required to play the Let’s Go video games. When catching Pokemon in docked mode, you do have to make use of movement controls to throw Poke Balls. In handheld mode, motion-control aiming (utilizing the gyroscope) is required, however you utilize the Joy-Con’s buttons to really throw the ball.
Are These Pokemon Yellow Remakes?
This was a distinguished rumor, nevertheless it’s not correct. The Let’s Go video games are completely new video games in the principle collection. They are closely impressed by Yellow, although, and Pikachu or Eevee (relying in your model) stays by your facet the entire recreation relatively than getting in a Poke Ball when you discover. These video games are set in Kanto, however we do not know what the story will probably be like.
Can Pikachu And Eevee Evolve?
Your starter Pikachu or Eevee can’t evolve within the Let’s Go video games. However, different Pikachu or Eevee you catch or switch could be developed. Only Jolteon, Flareon, and Vaporeon can be found out of Eevee’s eight present evolutions.
Though the starter Pokemon are “special,” in line with Masuda, you may put them within the Box as you’ll different Pokemon–but in these video games, the Box is in your bag. We aren’t positive precisely what this implies but.
How Does Transferring Pokemon From Go Work?
The Let’s Go video games connect with Pokemon Go through Bluetooth, and the flexibility to switch Pokemon from Go is unlocked as you progress by way of Let’s Go. Once you switch a Pokemon, it’s despatched to a selected space the place you then need to catch it. We do not but understand how stats will switch (or if they will be randomly generated, as they’re in Pokemon Bank whenever you’re storing Pokemon from the primary or second era video games on Virtual Console).
Masuda did affirm that Pokemon which can be shiny in Go will stay shiny in Let’s Go. That’s an enormous dealsince sure Pokemon Go occasions make shiny Pokemon way more widespread than they ever could be in the principle Pokemon video games. However, any Pichu, Pikachu, or Raichu with particular hats in Go can’t be transferred to Let’s Go.
Is There Trading, And Do They Connect To Pokemon Bank?
Masuda confirmed that it is possible for you to to commerce Pokemon between the Let’s Go video games. Transferring Pokemon from Go solely works within the one route. When requested about Pokemon Bank, he stated he couldn’t remark; he additionally didn’t touch upon whether or not the Let’s Go video games could be appropriate with current or future Pokemon video games.
What Pokemon Are In Let’s Go?
Masuda confirmed that the primary 150 Pokemon in addition to their Alolan varieties from Sun and Moon would seem in Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee. We do not know but when you’ll unlock an expanded Pokedex when beating the sport, like within the remakes of earlier generations. Additionally, every model has barely completely different Pokemon out there (like all the time).
Eevee’s prominence in these video games would not come as a shock; Eevee has been closely featured with Pikachu in a number of current Pokemon Center merchandise collection, the latest of which, Saiko Soda, is at the moment solely out there in Japan. Eevee was additionally your rival’s starter Pokemon in Pokemon Yellow, which makes it the pure “opposite” of Pikachu for the 2 Let’s Go variations.
During Nintendo’s E3 2018 presentation, it was confirmed that Mew could be out there within the Let’s Go video games through the Poke Ball Plus controller. Every Poke Ball Plus will include a Mew already saved on the machine, and that is apparently the one strategy to get Mew within the Let’s Go games–so it looks like you will not have the ability to switch Mew from Pokemon Go to Let’s Go.
You Can Ride Pokemon?!
As proven within the trailer, you may journey sure Pokemon in Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee. The Pokemon must be massive sufficient to journey, although how that is outlined is not clear. Riding a Pokemon would not require HMs, as a result of there are not any HMs in these video games.
Can You Breed Pokemon? What About Competitive Battles?
There isn’t any Pokemon breeding (and subsequently no eggs) in Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee. Though battles towards NPCs and different gamers observe the identical turn-based format because the core Pokemon video games, it is not but clear how stats work. That signifies that aggressive Pokemon gamers, who depend on breeding Pokemon for good IVs (particular person values, or beginning stats) and coaching for the proper EVs (effort values, or stats earned by way of battles), might not have as a lot to work with within the Let’s Go video games. That stated, Masuda did point out throughout our Q&A session that the Let’s Go video games are like another important Pokemon RPGs in that they are each “accessible” however with “depth” for many who need it.
The official aggressive Pokemon collection, the VGC, is at the moment performed utilizing Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. When requested what recreation gamers will probably be competing in subsequent yr, representatives of The Pokemon Company didn’t remark.
Can You Trade And Battle Online?
Yes! PR confirmed with GameSpot that the Let’s Go video games can have each native wi-fi and Wi-Fi on-line options. “However, the feature set will be somewhat simplified in comparison to previous games in that there is no GTS, Wonder Trade, or Battle Spot (Rating Battle, Free Battle, and Online Competition, etc.) for example. Further details will be revealed at a later date. An active membership for the Nintendo Switch Online service, which is scheduled to begin in September of this year, will be required to access these features.”
Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee function two-player co-op. While taking part in utilizing one Joy-Con, one other participant can shake the second Joy-Con and be a part of as a help character when in open areas or battle. This participant might help you catch Pokemon and might battle alongside you (although it would not seem to provoke a double battle).
Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee launch on Nintendo Switch on November 16. Releasing alongside them (however offered individually) is the Poke Ball Plus controllerwhich is a Joy-Con-like peripheral you should use when catching Pokemon.