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Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Eevee details – no wild Pokemon battles, choosing Eevee, more

Posted on May 29, 2018 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch

Update 2: Clarified that, unfortunately, online is not present. We’ve updated our second post as such.

Update: Initial reports regarding online not being present entirely were possibly incorrect, so we’ve removed it from this post – see here for an update and more details.

Original: After the announcement of Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! at the Pokemon press conference in Japan, a Q&A was held with the developers and other representatives. Here’s a summary of what was shared:

– Wild Pokemon battles do not exist in the Let’s Go games
– But you can battle other trainers
– On choosing Eevee: one reason was that your rival in Yellow used Eevee; character has become massively popular over the years as well, and they’ve decided to start using him as a partner to Pikachu
– There was a “special Pokemon” mentioned in the trailer Go players would meet if they linked it with Let’s Go; it’s an all-new Pokemon we’ve never seen before
– You will still be able to trade and battle, but you’ll have to have multiple Switches for that; you can have multiple accounts on the same console, however
– The Pokemon Company views Switch as a combo home/handheld, so they wanted to take the good parts of the handheld versions and expand on them with the Switch
– The Let’s Go games are designed primarily as home console games, while the 2019 games will have more of an emphasis on the handheld experience
– They didn’t elaborate on what this might mean
– They have other gameplay ideas they haven’t announced regarding how Go and Let’s Go will interface
– Those who play both will be rewarded
– They see the Let’s Go games as the next step for players brought in by Pokemon Go to continue with the series, which is why the catching interface/models are the same
– The 2019 games, meanwhile, is what they see as their way to move the handheld experience forward, and they’ve been working on it since before the Switch released, which is why the won’t be as influenced by Go
– There are plans for the Poke Ball Plus beyond the Let’s Go games/Go
– They see the device as the next iteration of the Go Plus
– Nintendo engineers helped make the Poke Ball
– The idea was to create the closest thing possible to an actual Pokeball that really felt like it has a Pokemon inside
– What technology is used to connect Let’s Go game and Pokemon GO? Bluetooth

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