Now that we're in November, Pokemon Let's Go is on the horizon. These two new titles – Pokemon Let's Go…
Now that we’re in November, Pokemon Let’s Go is on the horizon. These two new titles – Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee and Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu – are among the first Pokemon games heading to Nintendo Switch, though they will not quite victim gameplay that Pokemon fans are used to. Though the games are based on 1998’s Pokemon Yellow they take a fair amount of inspiration from Pokemon GO as well.
Due to this, there’s a lot of curiosity surrounding just how these games will play and what they will offer to longtime fans of the series. Today, a new trailer is taking us back to Pokemon ‘s roots by previewing some of the enemies players will face as they make their way through Pokemon Let’s Go . If you played Pokemon Yellow (or Pokemon Red or Blue for that matter), then you probably already know what to expect.
Though the trailer is fairly brief, we are able to catch quick glimpses of all eight gym leaders: Brock, Misty, Lt. Surge, Erika, Sabrina, Koga, Blaine, and Giovanni. Giovanni, of course, also moonlights as the leader of Team Rocket, the villainous, Pokemon-stealing organization that players will go to-toe with throughout the game.
Then we come to the Elite Four. In most mainline Pokemon games, players challenge the Elite Four after defeating all eight gym leaders, and it looks like Pokemon Let’s Go will be no exception. Again, it’s a short trailer, but we are still shown images of the Kanto Elite Four: Lorelai, Bruno, Agatha, and Lance. So, while Pokemon Let’s Go will do quite a bit to shake up some of Pokemon ‘s usual mechanics (like monster catching), it seems that the main progression will stay at least mostly the same. In fact, it looks like there is not too much changing about Pokemon battles in general, which is good news for those who did not want Pokemon Let’s Go to be too much like Pokemon GO . Even though Nintendo clearly considers Pokemon Let’s Go to be a major release for the Switch, some core Pokemon fans may consider this more of an appetizer for what’s next year. Nintendo and Game Freak are planning to release a mainline Pokemon RPG for the Switch in the second half of 2019, and we’re definitely looking forward to seeing how the series changes as it transitions from the 3DS.  For now, though, we’ve got Pokemon Let’s Go coming up fast. The games will launch on November 16, so there’s just about a week to go before they arrive. Nintendo is also launching a special edition “Switch to go” that has been decorated with Pikachu and Eevee Decals and launches on the same day as the games.