My Initial Thoughts On Pokemon: Let’s Go!

Published June 22, 2018 by Amanda B. Greene

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Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! are upcoming games for the Nintendo Switch that are scheduled to be released on November 16th, 2018. Much of the gameplay will be different to resemble the mobile hit of 2016, Pokemon Go. The announcement trailer was shown just shortly before E3 and now they are up for pre-order. Here, I will tell you my thoughts and details on what to expect.

Don’t Expect Too Many Changes Or Returning Features

There will be an entirely new Pokemon game sometime in 2019 for the Nintendo Switch, so I think this odd remake of Pokemon Yellow is something to tie fans over till next year. It’s more of a spin-off with its experimental formula, attempting to bring both younger audiences and Pokemon Go players more into the series. But will the strategy work?

First, only the first generation with some exceptions will appear. The original 151 creatures, as well as their Alolan forms introduced in Pokemon Sun and Moon, come with this return to the Kanto region. That does more harm than good in my opinion since the activity of filling out the Pokedex serves as most of the post-game content after completing the main story. However, the challenge of catching ’em all is easier and more reasonable (and less intimidating) with the limitation.

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If anything, the catching system is what concerns me the most. I loved the process in previous main entries of weakening a Pokemon with your party by using the right moves before trying to capture. Here, you either use buttons or motion controls with a Joy-Con controller to throw Poke Balls at the target. It looks like you can use items like berries to help out like you can in Pokemon Go. There is timing in which you want to aim for the second circle in the middle as it shrinks, so the smaller the better for a “nice, great, or excellent” catch. I worry that there won’t be a sense of accomplishment as it may be too repetitive and simple to run into them with minimal chance for failure.

Customization for the avatars will probably not return, but you can dress up your Pokemon and they can even walk around with you, which is pretty cool. Pokemon Sun and Moon, including their Ultra versions, had players ride on borrowed Pokemon using a device instead of being forced to use HMs and it looks like the same applies here.

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The towns and routes appear identical to previous worlds in how they are mostly flat with very little elevation. Paths are straight-forward like a grid, making them less realistic but easy to navigate. I was never expecting for it to be on the same level as Breath of the Wild, but with the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo and GAME FREAK could have done something more to invoke curiosity and wonder in the exploration.

Poke Ball Plus Is One Of The Biggest Selling Points Of Let’s Go!

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Whether or not you care much for accessories, they are making a huge push for the Poke Ball Plus as it is largely shown and detailed in most of the games’ bullet points. There is even a separate website for the product you can read by clicking here. It acts similarly to a single Joy-Con controller with some added features, containing the Legendary Pokemon Mew as a exclusive bonus.

It will expensively cost almost the same as a pair of Joy-Con controllers at $49.99 versus $79.99. However, you can save some money by buying the game pack for $99.99. At this price-point, it should be compatible for future games besides this one and Pokemon Go. I expect it will at least be usable for the next Pokemon game coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2019.

I would like to get one myself, though I’m currently unsure about its availability.

Final Note

It’s way too early to judge or evaluate these games just based off the initial trailer as many things can happen between now and the final stages of development. I have high hopes for Let’s Go, especially for its new multiplayer, that it will be a lot of fun. They may be testing out different features to see what works and resonates with players for future installments like Nintendo has done before with their other franchises, but that’s okay; I’d rather have them experiment than just repeat what they’ve done in the past.

The Poke Ball Plus seems really neat, but ultimately too expensive for most people I think. I don’t want to be negative, but I’m predicting that it won’t sell well at that price. Especially for children, parents won’t want to buy it for them on top of the game and possibly the system if they don’t have one already.

That’s all I have to say for now as there are not a lot of information about these games at the moment, but I hope you enjoyed reading and have a nice day!

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