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Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee coming soon, plus more Pokémon announcements!

The wait is finally over: Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee have been officially announced for the Nintendo Switch.

Following a surprise Pokémon media event, details about the two new Pokémon games were confirmed via the official Pokémon Twitter account. As was originally leaked, Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee are reimagined versions of Pokémon Yellow. Both titles feature deep integration with Pokémon Go, as the games retain the catching mechanics from the hit mobile game. Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee will launch on November 16th, 2018.

This is a super exciting time for Pokémon fans, but we’ve only scratched the surface of everything revealed so far. Here’s all the juicy details you’ve been dying to know!

What we know about Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee

  • Both games fully remake the Kanto region from Generation 1.
  • Pikachu and Eevee are your starter Pokémon in their respective games.
  • Pikachu and Eevee will have customizable outfits.
  • Pokémon follow behind you a la Yellow Version and Heart Gold / Soul Silver.
  • Wild Pokémon and visible from the overworld.
  • Wild Pokémon are caught by flicking your wrist with the controller to throw a Pokéball, mechanically similar to Pokémon Go.
  • There are no wild Pokémon battles.
  • Battles against other trainers retain the classic turn-based mechanics of core Pokémon titles.
  • A second player can join your adventure for local co-op play.
  • There are no online features. (Update: This may have been a mistranslation. There may be an online component to the games, just no online co-op)
  • You can connect Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee to Pokémon Go and transfer monsters and other goodies.
  • A peripheral called the PokéBall Plus will launch alongside the games, will work with both Let’s Go titles and Pokémon Go.
  • Pokémon caught in-game can be stored in the PokéBall Plus for you to take on the go.
  • Brand new Pokémon will soon be revealed.

Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee are NOT new “core” Pokémon games.

Let's Go Catching

The launch of Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee confirmed many details revealed by the leaks preceding their announcements. However, one thing the leaks got wrong is this: both Let’s Go games are not new core Pokémon games.

Following the release of the new games’ trailers, the official Pokémon Twitter account confirmed new “core series Pokemon RPG title[s]” are coming in 2019. This explains why the Let’s Go games depart from classic core game mechanics, like battling wild Pokémon. In other words, the Let’s Go games should be seen as experimental titles that will give us a taste of what a proper Pokémon on Switch will be. On one hand, the Let’s Go games will feature the classic exploration and battling that Pokémon fans love. On the other hand, the heavy integration of Pokémon Go‘s mechanics will make this an ideal title for new Pokémon fans to try out.

If all this news has made you eager to play Pokémon right now, then you’re in luck! On top of everything else, Pokémon Quest was also announced for the Nintendo Switch and mobile platforms. And better yet, Pokémon Quest is available to play right now on the Switch! iOS and Android versions will soon follow.

What do we make of all these new Pokémon titles?

Let's Go Eevee

When details about Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee were first leaked, fans were torn. Remakes of Gen 1 were high in demand, but the Pokémon Go elements turned off hardcore players. Plus Kanto has other balance issues that we expressed in our analysis of the original leaks.

But now that we have a complete roadmap of Pokémon games on Switch, it looks like everyone has something to look forward to. Casual fans and Gen 1 fanatics will be thrilled by Let’s Go, and this way we’ll be able to get new Pokémon RPGs on the Switch in time for the holidays. Meanwhile, the core Pokémon game in 2019 is promised to “appease competitive players” when it’s launched. If these promises are kept, both longtime Pokémon fans and series newcomers will have experiences catered to their respective skill levels and interests. Plus we got a pleasant surprise in Pokémon Quest to hold us over in the meantime!

This has been like Christmas coming early for Pokemon fans, and we’re still a couple weeks away from E3 2018. With the promise of brand new Pokémon being revealed in the Let’s Go trailers, who knows what other surprises are in store for us? All I know is this: if we can finally move the truck by the S.S. Anne and find Mew underneath it, Let’s Go will be my contender for game of the year.

Written by TimM
Tim is a video game aficionado who is fascinated by pop culture. He built his first collection in 1999 by catching all 151 monsters in Pokemon Red, and he hasn't stopped collecting since. His work has been featured multiple times on Destructoid.com.