Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! will make use of the Nintendo Switch’s upcoming paid Nintendo Switch Online service, The Pokémon Company has now revealed.
In a statement issued to Eurogamer, The Pokémon Company stated that both games “will have online play functionality” in the form of “battling and trading with other players over the internet or locally.”
“However, the feature set will be somewhat simplified in comparison to previous games in that there is no GTS [Global Trade System], Wonder Trade, or Battle Spot (Rating Battle, Free Battle, and Online Competition, etc.) for example,” the statement reads. “Further details will be revealed at a later date. An active membership for the Nintendo Switch Online service, which is scheduled to begin in September of this year, will be required to access these features.”
For Pokémon Go fans, this is big news, as it seems it will finally provide a roundabout way to trade and battle by sending Pokémon from the mobile game into the Switch game. Since the game is based on Pokémon Yellow, it makes a certain amount of sense that the game would only have the limited trading and battling that was present in the first-generation Pokémon games, and not any of the advanced Wonder Trade or battling systems introduced in newer generations (and, since there are only the originally 151 Pokémon to catch, any features like that might make completing the Pokédex too easy).
However, this will be the first time that fans of a Pokémon game have to pay for the privilege of trading and battling. A year’s subscription to Nintendo Switch Online costs $20, which, although cheaper than the alternatives offered on Xbox and PlayStation, is still a big step away from Nintendo’s history of free online service.
Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! launch on the Nintendo Switch on November 16th.