Pokémon: Let’s Go!the franchise’s first role-playing video games for Nintendo Switchlook acquainted. Based on Pokémon Yellowthe video games will return gamers to the Kanto area and embody Pokémon companions that refuse to remain inside their Poké Balls. The extra noteworthy inspiration behind Pokémon: Let’s Go! is the free-to-play cell sport Pokémon Gowhich hundreds of thousands of informal and hardcore followers have invested in over the previous two years.
It’s a wise transfer for The Pokémon Company to capitalize on the cell sport’s recognition by bringing it to console. With a acknowledged goal of attracting the youthful Pokémon Go base over to a extra core Pokémon expertise, The Pokémon Company could should make a concerted effort to persuade dad and mom that they need to spend purchase each a brand new console and sport, in order that their youngsters can play a glossier model of the factor they’re already obsessive about totally free.
But Pokémon: Let’s Go! director and longtime franchise staffer Junichi Masuda informed Polygon he’s not too involved about changing the Pokémon Go-exclusive fanbase over to Nintendo Switch.
“I feel one factor that’s going to make [Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!] interesting to the Pokémon Go viewers is that you’ve got the intuitive swiping mechanic,” Masuda mentioned, referring to the video games’ methodology of untamed Pokémon seize that’s borrowed straight from Pokémon Go. “With the Switch version, you can throw the [Joy-Con] remote to make you feel like you’re throwing the Poké Ball.”
So it’s big-screen Pokémon Goat the very least in terms of battling. There are just a few different differentiating elements; Masuda identified Let’s Go!’s distinctive addition of cooperative play, which is able to enable households to play collectively. Otherwise, there are key components of Pokémon Go lacking which may be extra of a turn-off than a promoting level.
One of the distinct options of Pokémon Go is that it makes gamers really need to — must — depart their houses. Yes, different Pokémon video games have usually been moveable, and so is the Switch; however Pokémon Go doesn’t work in case you don’t stroll round. There’s an train element that’s each becoming and enticing in a manner that the console role-playing video games can’t match.
On a extra granular stage, there’s additionally an impetus for not simply transferring round, however touring — there are regional exclusives that may solely be discovered and captured in numerous components of the world. Perhaps that’s not the most important promoting issue for cash-strapped younger’ns reliant on their dad and mom’ checkbooks, however it’s nonetheless a type of objectives that feels larger than the “collect all 151” focus of Pokémon: Let’s Go!.
But these could also be overinflated by way of significance. Consider how Nintendo 3DS gross sales boomed following the discharge of Pokémon Go. And the response to Pokémon: Let’s Go! to this point has been largely good from followers: The trailer has amassed hundreds of thousands of views and optimistic scores to this point, and Pokémon: Let’s Go! appears to supply an expertise primary sufficient to be inviting to newcomers.
After the Japanese press convention the place The Pokémon Company revealed the Let’s Go! Switch video games, Masuda expanded upon the younger newcomer angle in a deep-dive Q&A.
“Maybe [younger players] don’t have their very own smartphone — they will play with their dad and mom or older sibling, however they’re not capable of play on their very own. So maybe gamers who are taking part in Pokémon GO can catch Pokémon and ship them over to Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! The youngsters can then elevate these Pokémon on their very own and get quite a lot of Pokémon that manner.”
With direct connections to Pokémon GoLet’s Go! appears nearly like a companion piece for the cell sport or vice versa.
“Obviously connecting with Pokémon Gowe’re nonetheless encouraging individuals to go out and play and catch Pokémon, and inspiring them to convey these Pokémon again,” mentioned Masuda. “They really reinforce each other.”
There’s clearly no obligation for Pokémon Go gamers to dive into the Nintendo Switch video games once they launch Nov. 16. But after taking a step again, it is smart why they’d need to.