It’s a big day for Pokémon fans. Nintendo and Game Freak have confirmed not one, not two, not three, but four upcoming games for the Nintendo Switch. Including our first look at Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee – and they look pretty great!
Pokémon Let’s Go details leaked out just a couple of weeks ago. Essentially a remake of Pokémon Yellow, expectations were kept in check. But following today’s in depth trailer, the low expectations were blown out of the water:
The game looks fantastic – both graphically and in its gameplay. Pokémon Let’s Go takes the modernizations seen in Sun and Moon and brings it back to the days of Red, Blue and Yellow and slaps on a fresh coat of paint. It could be a perfect entry point to the series for fans that don’t want to try learning hundreds and hundreds of Pokémon upon entering the franchise for the first time.
As was rumored, there is also extensive interaction with Pokémon Go too. You can transfer your Pokémon from the app to your Switch game where they can spend time in the Pokémon Go park amongst other things. Another fantastic idea to get casual players excited about Pokémon Let’s Go. The game will release on November 16th.
Game Freak and Nintendo also revealed Pokémon Quest. It’s a “free to start” game that’s available now for Nintendo Switch. It will be heading to mobile devices soon as well. The game features cubed versions of the original 151 Pokémon. You’ll have a party of three as you attempt to clear levels with the Pokémon moving themselves as you control their attacks.
Much like the core titles you can collect the pocket monsters, level them up and attempt to fill your Pokédex. The game’s levels look to be enclosed stages, with all of them taking place in the game’s world of Tumblecube Island.
Finally, Pokémon series’ director Junichi Masuda confirmed that Pokémon Let’s Go isn’t the only larger scale game coming our way:
“We’re also hard at work on another Pokémon core RPG designed for Nintendo Switch. It’s being designed simultaneously with Let’s Go! Pikachu and Let’s Go! Eevee. Today I can only tell you of its existence, but I can assure you that there’s another game that we’re pouring a lot of our energy into over at Game Freak.”
President and CEO of The Pokémon Company, Tsunekazu Ishihara, then confirmed that the “core RPG” will be “in the tradition of Pokémon X and Y and Sun and Moon.” Seemingly indicating that next game for Switch will be incorporating all of the series’ 8 generations. It’s headed our way in 2019.
All in all, it was a big day for fans of the series. It’s a little surprising none of these reveals were saved for Nintendo’s E3 Direct. Perhaps Nintendo is already bursting at the seams with announcements that they couldn’t make room. A man can hope.