It’s that magical time of year when game companies begin teasing to the public what they can expect at E3. We’re only two weeks out from E3 2018, and we’ve already seen announcements from Bethesda, PlayStation, and now Nintendo. There were rumors that a new Pokémon title was in production (alongside the new RPG set for 2019), but no one could have expected this. Now, we not only got a title, but a release date for the game AND the Pokéball Plus. So let’s break down the latest Pokémon title headed to the Nintendo Switch: Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!

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What is it? 

Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! harken back to the classic days of Pokémon. You’ll get to see all 150 of your favorite Pokémon, visit Professor Oak, and travel around Kanto like the good ‘ol days. Kanto has a new look in the 3-D style that first appeared in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. Your starter and game companion will be either Pikachu or Eevee (depending on which game you purchase). But catching Pokémon will be something completely new. One of the most impressive aspects of the game is its tie-in with Pokémon Go. That’s right. Players can trade Pokémon from their phone to their Switch, and vice versa. Also, how you catch Pokémon in Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! is how you catch them in Pokémon Go. Players will have to time their catching correctly to line up the shot and catch Pokémon. Pokémon can now be seen roaming freely in specific areas, instead of being hidden in tall grass. With it’s partnership with this upcoming title, it feels like Pokémon Go is finally complete. You can capture the Pokémon in your neighborhood, and use them to battle against your favorite Kanto trainers on your Switch!

How to Play

Another innovative aspect of the game that caused fans to go wild is the introduction of multiplayer. A multiplayer Pokémon adventure game has always been the dreams of Pokémon fans everywhere and now that dream is finally a reality! Two players can play Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! by controlling each Joy-Con. This allows for co-op battles, training, and exploring together! And of course, players can play solo as well, but not just with a Joy-Con. The Pokéball Plus was announced with these titles as well. This Pokéball Joy-Con will allow players to play Pokémon like never before. Now, you can “throw” your Pokéball Plus at the screen to catch Pokémon. Additionally, the device lights up and makes sound when you catch a Pokémon, or if you simply shake the device. So now you can travel around with your trusty Pokémon in your backpack, purse, or Pokéball belt, just like Ash!

This is the perfect Pokémon title to start the Pokémon franchise on the Switch. It packs nostalgia with some new twists, that will get both old and new fans excited to go catch ’em all! The Pokéball Plus, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! will all be available on November 16, 2018. 



[Images courtesy of Nintendo]


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