Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee are coming out for the Nintendo Switch in November. It’s an interesting beast. By what we know about it, it seems that the aim of Pokemon Let’s GO is to attract new players to the franchise by borrowing elements from Pokemon GO.
Nintendo is making yet another interesting move, like they often do. They’ve cooked up two new Pokemon games for the Nintendo Switch (or perhaps two versions of a single game), called Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee. Both are coming out on November 16th, 2018. Why is it an interesting move? Because Pokemon Let’s Go is geared towards gathering new fans to the series by drawing a lot of inspiration from Pokemon GO. I’m sure this will tick off some hard-core Pokemon fans, but from a purely business standpoint, I’d say this move is pretty smart.
So, let’s see what Pokemon Let’s Go will offer. First of all, it seems that this will be somewhat of a remake of Pokemon Yellow from back in the day. Pokemon Yellow is basically a definite edition of the first games, rounding up everything from the Kanto region. However, there will be some notable differences. The most notable is how the game plays; that’s where the influences of Pokemon GO become apparent. To throw PokeBalls, you’ll have to swing the Joy-Con like you would swipe in Pokemon Go. Battles also seem to look at least somewhat similar. Once again, that seems like a really clever move to draw more people to “proper” Pokemon.
What’s cool is that, since you can play Pokemon Let’s Go with just one Joy-Con, you can play couch coop with a friend. Plus, they’ll release a special controller for the game, in the shape of a PokeBall, with the center acting as a joystick. And, speaking of Pokemon GO, you’ll be able to connect Let’s Go with your Pokemon GO, and transfer data from one to the other. You can even send presents to friends from the console to the phone, and probably the other way around. It’s an interesting concept; we’ll wait and see how it all pans out in November.