Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! & Let's Go, Eevee!

Pokémon moves into uncharted territory with Nintendo discontinuing its handheld consoles in favor of the hybrid console, Nintendo Switch. Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon Let's Go, Eevee! are remakes of Pokémon Yellow and include some features from mobile game Pokémon GO.

Pokémon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara stated they were main series games though the gameplay appears distinct from previous core games.

Details

Release date 16th November 2018 (Worldwide)
Platform Switch
Director Junichi Masuda
New Pokémon 1 confirmed
New Moves 6 confirmed
Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu box art Pokemon Let's Go Eevee box art
Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon Let's Go, Eevee! box art

New moves

Attacks revealed prior to release via official trailers.

New features

As the names may suggest, the adventure starts with either Pikachu or Eevee as the starter Pokémon. Pikachu sits on the player's shoulder while Eevee sits on their head. In addition, another Pokémon may also follow the trainer. Some can even be ridden!

Gameplay appears to roughly follow the same plot as Pokémon Yellow, however, much of the game has been simplified. For example, abilities and held items do not appear in these games. Random encounters no longer occur while running around in grass; instead, Pokémon appear in the overworld and can be interacted with. Pokémon come in different sizes, indicated by an aura around them. A blue aura means the Pokémon is smaller than normal while a red aura means it is bigger than normal.

Wild battles have also been removed. When a Pokémon is encountered, it can be caught by throwing Poké Balls using the Nintendo Switch Joycon controller, just like in Pokémon GO. Players can also team up with a friend using a Joycon controller each to increase the chances. All Pokémon in the your team gain EXP after catching wild Pokémon.

The games have connectivity with Pokémon GO, so Kanto Pokémon can be sent from GO to Let's Go. Mega Evolution and Alola Forms are also available in the games.

There is a new peripheral, the Poké Ball Plus (sold separately) which can be used to catch Pokémon in the games, and allows trainers to take a Pokémon from Let's Go out on the road with them. It comes with Mew inside it, and is the only way to obtain Mew.

There is at least 1 brand new Pokémon in the game.

Secret Techniques

These are a new feature that replaces HMs from the original games. Instead of learning a specific move, Pokémon can learn a technique that helps the play in the overworld. The currently known Secret Techniques are Chop Down (replaces Cut), Sea Skim (replaces Surf), and Sky Dash (replaces Fly).


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Logos for Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Pokémon Let's Go Eevee

The Kanto region map (click to enlarge). Can you spot every Gen 1 Pokémon?