Okay, so some Pokemon news dropped early today. An upcoming Pokemon game for the Nintendo Switch is confirmed to be Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee. There were rumors that this would be the titles of the new Switch game, but I decided to wait to report on it until it was confirmed by the Pokemon company. These games will be released on November 16, 2018.
It has also been confirmed to feature only the original 151 Pokemon, plus a few Alolan Pokemon, though specifics weren’t given. There is no battling wild Pokemon, just the chance to capture them like in Pokemon Go. This will use some motion controls. Speaking of Pokemon Go, the game will be able to connect with Pokemon Go. There is a new accessory that allows you to use Pokemon from the Switch game in Go, and functions similar to the Pokemon Go Plus accessory.
There is also 2 player co-op play. It seems that the two players can help each other catch Pokemon. Finally, it appears that a never before seen Pokemon is associated with the game as well.
Lastly, the “core” games for generation 8 are still in the works for Pokemon on the Switch, which is scheduled to release on the latter half of 2019. Not much else is known about this game. There is also a free to play Pokemon game out right now called Pokemon Quest. This game will be reviewed as soon as I finish it.
I find this direction a little odd for the series. It seems like the developers are trying to drag new audiences into the series. That being said, I am cautiously optimistic about these games. One of the more fun games to play for me throughout the years was Pokemon Leaf Green, and all similar games. With any luck, a game based on Yellow version (which has the same level structure as Leaf Green), will have a similar feel.
Hopefully, starting the game with Pikachu or Eevee based on the version won’t be a big issue, but full details about this game are not known. It also isn’t clear if leveling up Pokemon works the same in this game, as there are no wild Pokemon fights. There are trainer battles, though, so it might not be too different. Hopefully the motion controls are functional enough to capture Pokemon without too much difficulty. I will reserve full judgement of this game until I play it.
This has been my first news report. Hopefully I covered enough of what is known about this game. If there is anything I missed, let me know in the comments! Let me know what you think about these games too!