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Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee are the first Pokemon games for Switch. But as we know, another new project – described as a core title – is set to arrive on the console during the second half of 2019. We’ve heard director Junichi Masuda talk about transferring Pokemon in the past, though it’s something he touched on again in an interview with GameSpot.

Masuda said that the team is still sorting through all of the details and figuring out how things will work. However, he reiterated, “we do have plans to find ways to let players use their Pokemon in the next game.”

Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokemon: Let’s Go Eevee are making things more accessible than usual. One way players will find an easier experience is by playing co-op.

Director Junichi Masuda, speaking with Polygon, noted that the co-op feature is included “to get around players encountering barriers.” He said:

As many people know, Pokemon is an incredibly successful franchise today. But that wasn’t always the case. Before Pokemon exploded around the world, there was uncertainty as to how it would perform in the United States.

Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda mentioned to USgamer in an email interview that the team was told “that the Pokemon were too cute to be successful in the U.S. and that we should change the design of the characters.” He had also some concerns that Pokemon wouldn’t be accepted “for what it was” outside of Japan.

Polygon recently spoke to longtime Pokemon developer Junichi Masuda about the early days of the franchise’s development. During the interview, Masuda recalled one interesting story about how all work on the original games was nearly lost.

According to Masuda, a computer crash almost caused everything Game Freak had done on the project to vanish. The PC had all of the game data, Pokemon, and more. Masuda eventually figured out how to get back what was thought to be lost, but if he hadn’t, there could have been a massive setback that the team may not have been able to recover from.

Nintendo of Australia is planning to conduct an interview with Pokemon: Let’s Go! Eevee & Pikachu developers Junichi Masuda and Kensaku Nabana from Gamefreak. To that end, they are asking for questions from fans via Twitter. Reply to this tweet and your question might get picked for the interview.

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Pokenchi next episode will air in Japan on September 9. During the show, it’s confirmed that director Junichi Masuda from Game Freak will be making an appearance. It’s unknown why he’ll be appearing, but fans can look forward to the “latest video game news”.

We’re likely to get some sort of update on Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu / Eevee here. However, it’s also possible that the news could be shared earlier than that

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In this week’s issue of Famitsu, the Japanese magazine has a lengthy interview for Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu / Eevee. Director Junichi Masuda was brought in to discuss the new Switch entry in the franchise.

Masuda spoke about the game’s graphics, making changes to core aspects of the series (like removing wild battles which was debated internally), the decision to use mechanics from Pokemon GO, and more. We also have the full comments on Masuda speaking about the 2019 title, which we reported on earlier in the week.

In this week’s issue of Famitsu, the magazine will be publishing an interview with Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda. While we don’t have our hands on the full discussion yet as the issue hasn’t gone live, some early quotes have leaked out early. We’ve translated the tidbits thus far.

First up, a general comment from Masuda on the upcoming project:

Alongside Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee, Nintendo will release Poke Ball Plus. Both games can be played entirely with the accessory alone. You’ll get the same functionality as you would from a standard controller, and perhaps a bit more.

According to Pokemon: Let’s Go producer Junichi Masuda, who appeared during a play session event in Japan, the Poke Ball Plus’ is superior to that of the Joy-Con – HD Rumble and all. This is due to what’s included inside the device, allowing for stronger vibration.

You’ll be able to pick up the Poke Ball Plus when Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee launch on November 16.

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Game Informer conducted a new interview with Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu / Eevee director Junichi Masuda at E3 yesterday. Below are a few excerpts:

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