We all knew it was coming, the new Pokémon game for the Switch has finally been revealed. While there were many theories of what the new region would be, how it would be different from past games, and if they’d change up the formula the way Zelda’s and Mario’s had been, as it turns out the only one that was somewhat on the right track was yours truly of course. Lord Waffle King Dot Com accurately predicted Pokemon having mandatory motion controls, as did we accurately predict a playable Funky Kong in the recent release of Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze. The only place for real, accurate game journalism these days.
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! are the newest installments in the franchise, taking place in the “Kanto” region, where the series first started way back in Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue. While they’ll resemble mainline Pokémon games in many ways, they’re also being considered “spin-off titles”, as they’ll be different in a lot of ways.
Namely, how and where you’ll be playing them.
Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! are more like sequels to Pokémon Go, mirroring a lot of the elements introduced in that game. The way Pokémon are captured, the “Combat Power” system, and the reliance on a GPS system. Much like Pokémon Go, you will only be able to find Pokémon while out and about, nothing will come to you while you’re sitting on the toilet. And for this game specifically, all Pokémon will only be found in, or close to busy intersections and hectic highways.
This new change is for “maximum immersion” so that trainers will be able to feel like real Pokémon trainers. Motion controls are also mandatory, either with a Joy-Con or with the new Pokéball controller. So the proper form for playing this game is to carry it around in handheld mode, one Joy-Con docked, one Joy-Con in your hand. Or both docked if you have the Pokéball. You would need to walk around in the street, whipping the ball or controller around, as if it was an invisible lasso in order to capture the Pokémon you see on your Switch screen.
When asked about the inspiration behind this new feature, series director Junichi Masuda said “Well, I was online, looking through feedback for our last titles, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon. There were some mixed views on many things, but what stood out to me most was all of the fan art. So much fan art. Please. These characters are eleven years old. I need to put a stop to this. If you are doing this, please, stop. I will not allow this to happen anymore. I will stop this. Pokémon are animals, they should not be doing these things with children. You will pay. You will all pay.”
Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! are currently slated for a simultaneous international release on November 16, 2018. More details will most likely come to light during Nintendo’s E3 Nintendo Direct.