The Pokemon Company announced Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go, Eevee for Switch during the Pokemon 2018 Video Game Press Conference. Both titles are full-fledged RPGs and will launch worldwide on November 16.
Here is an overview of the games, via The Pokemon Company:
Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! are the newest titles in the Pokemon series coming this fall to Nintendo Switch. Inspired by Pokemon Yellow, which was originally released on Nintendo’s Game Boy in 1999, these two titles are designed for players taking their first steps into the Pokemon video game world. Featuring an innovative connection to the popular Pokemon GO mobile game, Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! promise plenty of enjoyment for both newcomers to the franchise and experienced players.
- Pikachu and Eevee — Explore the iconic Kanto region like never before. You can embark on your adventure together with Pikachu as your partner in Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or choose Eevee as your partner when you play Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee!
- Play in a whole new way — Experience intuitive controls by using your Joy-Con to throw Poke Balls at wild Pokemon you encounter. Need some help? Your friend can grab a second Joy-Con to join in on the fun and even boost the chances of catching Pokemon for the first-ever collaborative gameplay in a Pokemon RPG.
- Play even when on the GO — Connect your game for Nintendo Switch with the mobile game sensation Pokemon GO. Players can capture a Pokemon originally discovered in the Kanto region in Pokemon GO and transfer it into their Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! adventure.
- Have a ball — Take your Pokemon journey to a whole new level with the Poke Ball Plus. More than just a controller, the Poke Ball Plus features motion controls, lights up with a variety of colors, vibrates, and plays sounds. When catching a Pokemon in the game, you will be able to feel it moving within the Poke Ball Plus. The Poke Ball Plus also works as a Pokemon GO Plus for those playing Pokemon GO. Using the Poke Ball Plus, you can bring one of your Pokemon from Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! with you as you explore the real world, even when you’re not playing the game. Additionally, you can receive a variety of rewards once Pokemon are returned to the Nintendo Switch games. (Read more about the Poke Ball Plus at its official website.)
Here are some additional details from the QA session with The Pokemon Company following the official announcement:
- Pokemon Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go, Eevee
- The original 151 and some Alolan form Pokemon (like Exeggutor) are included. (via, 2)
- There will not be any wild Pokemon battles, but you can battle other trainers. (via)
- One completely new Pokemon will appear. This special Pokemon can be met by linking Pokemon Go. Pokemon Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go, Eevee can connect to Pokemon GO via Bluebooth technology. There are other gameplay ideas that have yet to be announced regarding how the games will connect. Those who play both will be rewarded. (via, 2, 3, 4)
- Pokemon Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go, Eevee are viewed as the next step for players brought in by Pokemon GO to continue with the series, which is why the catching interface / models are the same. (via)
- No online features are planned. (via, 2)
- You will still be able to trade and battle, but will need multiple Switch units for that. You can also have multiple accounts on the same console, however. (via)
- Nintendo engineers helped create the Poke Ball Plus. The idea was to create the closest thing to an actual Poke Ball that really felt like it has a Pokemon inside. (via)
- Late 2019-due Pokemon RPG
- The late 2019-due Pokemon RPG will be completely new and will not follow up on Pokemon Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go, Eevee, nor will it be influenced by Pokemon GO. Pokemon Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go, Eevee are more focused on home gaming, but the late 2019-due Pokemon RPG will be more focused on elements of the handheld games. It has been in development since before the Switch was released. (via, 2, 3, 4, 5)
- Pokemon Quest
And here are even more details from a QA with Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda:
- You will not be able to evolve your partner Pokemon, but you can catch a wild Pikachu or Eevee and evolve them. (via)
- Your partner Pokemon will take up one of your six party slots, and you will be able to box it. Boxes work differently in that you now have a box in your bag. (via)
- The ability to transfer from Pokemon GO to Pokemon Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go, Eevee opens up about halfway through the game. After that, you’ll be able to do it freely. There are also mini-games you can play when transferring over many Pokemon. (via)
- Candy from Pokemon GO will not not have any effect in Pokemon Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go, Eevee. Masuda was not able to say whether you will be able to transfer Pokemon from the Switch games and turn them into candy. (via)
- Players will automatically ride any Pokemon that is large enough. (via)
- There will not be HMs. (via)
- You will earn EXP from catching Pokemon and trainer battles. (via)
- Event Pokemon from Pokemon GO cannot be transferred to Pokemon Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go, Eevee. (via)
- The controls for catching Pokemon in handheld mode will have you moving the console around and pressing a button to throw. There are no touch screen controls, and using the gyro functionality is required. (via)
- Information was shared about Z-Mode or Mega Evolutions appearing in Pokemon Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go, Eevee was not shared. (via)
- They have yet to lock down how experience from capturing Pokemon and trainer battles will be distributed (evenly, per Pokemon etc.). (via)
- Trading and battling will be available through local wireless play between Switch units and same-screen play (but not online). (via, 2)
- The map of Kanto will be very similar to the original landmass, but there will be graphical differences. You will not go to Johto. (via)
- Although there are some Alolan forms of Pokemon in Pokemon Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go, Eevee, there are otherwise no connections between it and Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. (via)
- All the usual differences when it comes to there being two versions of a Pokemon game will apply. (via)
Watch the announcement trailer below. View the first screenshots at the gallery. Visit the official website here. Visit the Nintendo.com game pages here: Pokemon Let’s Go, Pikachu / Pokemon Let’s Go, Eevee.