The Pokémon: Let’s Go games for the Nintendo Switch are modern remakes of the first generation Pokémon Yellow. The games keep most of the original features (including the original 151 Pokémon), but with some new updates. They feature lush new graphics, a reworking of the catch mechanics, plus many more upgrades.
Whilst the games have been positively received, one criticism has been the reworking of Game Corner in Celadon City. In the original, this was an interactive slot machine playground – but in Pokémon: Let’s Go, the Game Corner is a shadow of its former self.
Pokémon: Let’s Go Game Corner – Out of Order
Unfortunately, you cannot play slots in the Game Corner on Pokémon: Let’s Go. In the original generation game, not only could you play the slot machines that Game Corner offered, but they were pretty important to the storyline too. You would get the coin case from the gambler in the restaurant and then use this to collect coins by winning on the slots. Eventually, you would get enough coins to buy a Porygon. Unfortunately, in Let’s Go, the slots have been replaced with arcade games.
But to add insult to injury, the arcade games can’t be played in the Game Corner on Pokémon: Let’s Go either. If you approach them and try to interact, you’ll just be given a dialogue box explaining what the game is. There’s no playing whatsoever. To try and make up for this, the dialogue boxes are at least easter eggs. They describe different games from across the generations, as you can see in this video:
Still, it’s a huge shame that playable arcade games haven’t been included in Let’s Go.
Why were slots in Pokémon: Let’s Go removed?
The slot machines in Pokémon: Let’s Go were almost certainly removed because of age ratings. All games are given age ratings to help determine what games are suitable for specific ages (such as the PEGI rating in the UK and the ESRB rating in the US). Any game that has gambling included is generally given a higher game rating which would not be suitable for young children. Of course, Pokémon: Let’s Go is meant to be as child-friendly as possible – so the slot machines were likely removed for this reason.
There has also been an outcry against gambling in video games over the last few years. The main target of complaints has been loot boxes where people pay using their own money for a random in-game reward. Because of this, the UK government has recommended that loot boxes be placed under the 2005 Gambling Act, as reported by Business Insider. This is the same act that regulates real money casino sites in the UK, where tough restrictions are put in place by the Gambling Commission to ensure players are safe. Nintendo most likely didn’t want to get caught up in any of that either, so decided to play it safe by removing the slots entirely.
Yet, replacing them with playable arcade games should not have been a problem. These mini-games would have been nothing like loot boxes and would have helped to restore the Game Corner’s original charm. They really missed a trick there.
How do I get Porygon in Pokémon: Let’s Go?
Because of the removal of the slot machines, the developers had to completely change part of the storyline. We mentioned above how players collected a Porygon in the original Game Corner by playing the slots – but that’s obviously not possible here.
Therefore, collecting a Porygon in Pokémon: Let’s Go has changed. There are now two locations where you can get one:
- Route 7 – Just west of Saffron City is Route 7, where Porygons will spawn. They are rare, so won’t spawn frequently, but as long as you have a Great Ball or higher, you’ll be able to catch these level 22-27 Porygons with ease.
- Saffron City Pokémon Centre – Once you have defeated Team Rocket at the Silph Co. Head Office, you’ll be able to speak to a man outside the Saffron City Pokémon centre. He’ll give you a Porygon for nothing, just because you spoke to him.