Yesterday, Nintendo announced a new Pokemon game for the Nintendo Switch titled Pokemon Let’s Go! The new Pokemon game draws direct influence from Niantic’s Pokemon Go, changing the catching system completely. Instead of the typical battle system with wild animals, players will catch them like in the mobile title. This is done using the Switch’s Joycon and motion controls. Pokemon don’t surprise players randomly in tall grass, but are now visible at all times. Players will still be able to use the standard turn based battle system as previous Pokemon games against other trainers. Pokemon Let’s Go! also offers co-operative two player, allowing players to assist their friends in the adventure.
Pokemon Let’s Go will ship in two versions, like traditional RPG Pokemon games. There’s Pokemon Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon Let’s Go, Eevee!. The difference between the two versions is which starting Pokemon plays will get. These starting Pokemon will follow the player around all game and can’t be evolved. Pokemon Let’s Go will only feature the original 151 Pokemon, and the Alolan forms. As such, players will start in Pallet Town, meet Professor Oak, before going off on their adventure, with parts of the anime incorporated into the game.
Players can battle and trade online, but there is no breeding or eggs. Nintendo are also introducing a new peripheral, the Poke Ball Plus. This Bluetooth device is essentially a new version of the Pokemon Go Plus, which allows players to accumulate EXP and catch Pokemon without opening the app. With this device, players can transfer and trade Pokemon from Pokemon Go to Pokemon Let’s Go, but not the other way around. The most important thing about the Poke Ball Plus is that it is a literal PokeBall.
Nintendo held a full press conference detailing the game, available here. They also detailed that the 8th Generation of Pokemon will be available for the Nintendo Switch in 2019. Pokemon Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon Let’s Go, Eevee! is out for Nintendo Switch on November 16 this year.