The Pokemon Company has officially announced Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee for the Nintendo Switch. Tuesday evening both games were announced in front of an excited crowd in Japan, confirming many recent leaks and rumors. Based on 1998’s Pokemon Yellow for the Game Boy, but heavily influenced by Pokemon GO, trainers can revisit the Kanto region in Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee starting November 16.
As shown in Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee‘s announcement trailer, the influence of Pokemon GO should be immediately apparent. While the world exploration and battling gameplay is all based on the Nintendo 3DS titles in the franchise, fighting and capturing Pokemon is just like in Pokemon GO. Players can even throw PokeBalls with motion controls if they want.
The Pokemon GO ties don’t end there, however. Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee can both be connected to Pokemon GO via Bluetooth. After connected, the Kanto-region Pokemon that trainers catch in Pokemon GO can be imported into the Nintendo Switch games.
Beyond the Pokemon GO functionality, a bunch of other interesting details have also been revealed regarding the two Pokemon Let’s Go games. Perhaps most exciting is that two players can each play cooperatively with two characters. Since the game only requires one JoyCon per player, each player gets one JoyCon apiece.
Further gameplay details may have to wait, but one thing’s for certain – these aren’t your typical Pokemon games. While Nintendo did say Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee are based on Pokemon Yellow, they aren’t exactly remakes, and differ from the main games in a number of key areas. Those excited for core RPG Pokemon games on Nintendo Switch will have to wait.
More information regarding Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee will be announced at E3 2018. The two games will be shown alongside the also just announced Nintendo Switch and mobile Pokemon game, Pokemon Quest. And more Pokemon‘s to come in 2019, as Nintendo confirmed today that official main franchise follow-ups to the Nintendo 3DS games are in development. Stay tuned, trainers!
Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee both release on November 16, exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.