Two brand new Pokémon games are headed to the Switch, and they’re unlike any Pokémon games we’ve seen before.
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! are games based on the 1998 Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition, but with heavy influence from mobile game Pokémon Go and a ton of updates for the Nintendo Switch.
Instead of the usual choice of a fire, water, or grass-type starter Pokémon, players will begin their journey with either a Pikachu or Eevee, depending on the version of the game. The adventure is a familiar one, being set in the Kanto region of the original Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, and Pokémon Yellow games.
Return to the Kanto region and experience a classic Pokémon journey in a whole new way with Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! on the Nintendo Switch! Coming November 16, 2018: https://t.co/kXLdxUMjjA #PokemonLetsGo pic.twitter.com/EKzQsTbDuE
— Pokémon (@Pokemon) May 30, 2018
However, there are a ton of differences that make the Let’s Go games more than just a remake. For one thing, the game can be played entirely on a single Joy-Con controller, and friends can drop in and out by using the second Joy-Con controller. Battling has taken a big cue from Pokémon Go; while players still battle other trainers with a turn-based move system, it seems that catching wild Pokémon is now much more similar to the mobile game. Instead of battling a wild Pokémon, players must time the throw of a Pokéball and get it to land inside a rapidly-shrinking ring, a process that looks very similar to Pokémon Go‘s current capture system. It seems players can either press a button or use the Joy-Con’s motion controls to throw.
The Let’s Go games also let players swap Pokémon back and forth from Pokémon Go to their Switch through use of the Go Park. The exact details are unknown, but it seems like all the Pokémon you’ve been collecting in Pokémon Go can be sent to your game to create a dream team. The opposite also works; you can send Pokémon from your Switch to your mobile device in order to walk around with them. It’s possible, though not confirmed, that this could finally be a roundabout way for Pokémon Go to implement trading.
A “special Pokémon”—perhaps an entirely new, generation 8 one we haven’t seen—will be unlocked in the process of trading somehow.
Additionally, a new accessory will be launching alongside these games: the Poké Ball Plus. This spherical, Poké Ball–shaped accessory comes with a strap and a directional pad button, and can be used to play both games in place of a Joy-Con controller. The Poké Ball Plus has motion controls, letting you pretend to toss it as if throwing a real ball at the screen, and lights up with different colors, vibrations, and sounds. When a Pokémon is wiggling around inside a Poké Ball on a capture attempt, you’ll feel it wiggling through the Poké Ball Plus and hear it make a sound upon a successful capture. You can also send your Pokémon into the Poké Ball plus to walk around with them in the real world and earn rewards. Finally, it also works as a Pokémon Go Plus and will spin Poké Stops and automatically try to catch Pokémon.
Take your Pokémon training to the next level with the #PokeBallPlus! Capture Pokémon in #PokemonLetsGo with a throwing motion, and take your favorite Pokémon on the move with you!https://t.co/oLOTwKOiJd pic.twitter.com/4P7VPIhhC8
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) May 30, 2018
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! release on November 16th, exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.