Is Pokemon Let's Go For You?
By Holly Fellmeth
The Pokémon Company has announced a pair of new Pokémon RPGs slated for a November 16 release this year on Nintendo Switch, but these aren’t your typical Pokémon adventures.
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! are a departure from the norm, inspired by the success of Pokémon Go and the nostalgia of the Generation 1 sequel Pokémon
Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition, originally released way back in the 90’s (yes, we’re that old, fellow 90’s kids).
The two new games are designed with Pokémon newcomers in mind, but there are plenty of reasons to keep these games on your radar even if you’re a longtime fan. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu/Eevee might be for you if:
Pokémon Go was your first experience with the mega franchise
So maybe Niantic's AR mobile game was the first time you'd dipped your toe into the Poké-pool, and now you want to try your hand at a more traditional Pokémon video game that’s not too intimidating. As hinted at already, this is the primary audience for Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu/Eevee. The duo of games is a happy medium between the casual gameplay of Pokémon Go and the deep, strategy-driven gameplay of core Pokémon RPGs.
It’s a launching point into the latter style of gameplay that hardcore fans have been enjoying for years but might look a little overwhelming to the uninitiated. Let’s Go, Pikachu/Eevee are controlled with just one Joy-Con, which brings the button count down by half and makes for a much more accessible entry to Pokémon RPGs.
The games will also connect with Pokémon Go; send a ‘mon you caught in Pokémon Go to the Switch games, or receive a gift in the mobile title from the Switch counterparts, including a brand-new species of Pokémon that will be unveiled at some point in the future. Your choice of Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Let’s Go, Eevee! will make for a great companion game to Pokémon Go that you can still bring with you anywhere you go, thanks to the portability of the Nintendo Switch.
You love the Kanto region
Alongside Pokémon Go, the classic Gen 1 game Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition is another source of inspiration for Let’s Go, Pikachu/Eevee. The Gen 1 setting of Kanto is where it all began, and many fans still hold it, and the original 151 Pokémon, in high regard. The region has been reimagined for Let’s Go, Pikachu/Eevee, and the vibrant art direction breathes new life into the first "world of Pokémon".
As shown in the trailer for Let’s Go, Pikachu/Eevee, your favourite Pokémon from Gen 1 will follow your avatar around or even give you a lift if they’re large enough. What more could a fan of the original generation ask for?
You always wanted to embark on your Pokémon journey with a friend
Okay, so maybe no one was outright asking for this, but I would venture to guess that most Pokémon fans are at least intrigued by the idea of a local co-op component in a Pokémon RPG. Those who have willing buddies on hand should be looking forward to what will certainly be a new kind of experience found in multiplayer mode.
Similarly, you might want to consider Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu/Eevee if you have a friend who is already planning on picking up a copy of one of the titles. This is a common story with the release of typical Pokémon games. Trading and battling with friends using a local wireless connection, as well as online, has been confirmed for Let’s Go, Pikachu/Eevee.
You’re a hardcore Pokémon fan
Let's be honest, if you're a die-hard trainer, you're going to pick up one or the other. In fact, you’ll probably just buy both versions in the steel book combo pack. And you’ll love ‘em because it’s Pokémon, and Pokémon is awesome.
Okay, so a steel book combo pack, though likely, is not confirmed, so don’t read too much into that. But still, the point stands.