Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! are two companions role-playing games designed for Nintendo Switch console. In the game one of your goals is to catch other Pokémon in a style reminiscent of the hit mobile title Pokémon GO.
How to Download Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!
To download both games go to the Nintendo Store. To start downloading, hit the link located below this review.
If you like Pokémon games, be sure to also download and check out another RPG called Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
The Game Review
A command franchise in the market if ever there was one, Pokémon sells like gangbusters for Nintendo and is one of the most beloved series out there. So, as you can imagine, when Nintendo announced that a console game was coming to the hybrid Switch console, people were excited.
It was expected, really, after all, Pokémon is known as a portable game and the Switch’s big promise is that it offers both home and portable console features.
Spirits were somewhat dampened when it was revealed that the inspiration underpinning Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! was the popular smartphone game from Niantic, Pokémon Go.
Things calmed down somewhat when it was further revealed that Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! would be a remade version of the 1998 classic Pokémon Yellow.
Of course, it wasn’t going to ignore the mechanics of Pokémon Go and, indeed, it doesn’t.
In release format, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! incorporates features from the Pokémon Go portable game in a reimagined Pokémon Yellow. One huge clue to this is the Pokéball accessory Nintendo is selling alongside the game. Further, the game does feature some integration with the popular mobile game.
A Japanese role-playing game at its heart, The Pokémon Company tagged Game Freak to help them with this remake of the 1998 game. That means that, while Niantic had some influence, they didn’t make the game themselves.
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!: the Gameplay
Basic gameplay centers around exploring the new, fully-3D Kanto region and collecting the 151 Pokémon that reside there. In the tradition of many Pokémon titles, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! has a companion game called Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!
One major change from the Game Boy classic is that the Pokémon show up on the world map instead of appearing after a random encounter was initiated. This helps streamline the process of capturing certain Pokémon and is a much-needed modernization of the game. Certain new mechanics, such as the aforementioned Pokéball, affect things like the speed at which your Pokémon levels. Another new mechanic, brought over from Pokémon Go, is the addition of candies that can be fed to Pokémon to give them certain abilities.
The basic battle system is the paper-rock-scissors mechanics of the other games while catching Pokémon is given a more prominent pride of place as a sub-game of sorts. Throwing the Pokéball and how you do it, as well as other activities that increase immersion, add to the game but could be gimmicky after a while.
Graphically speaking, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! is a beautiful game that is as gorgeously realized as many of the other Nintendo properties on the Switch. It has a very bright, Saturday-morning cartoon appeal. Sound and music show up as well and offer the trademark sound you’d expect from a remake of Pokémon Yellow.
Overall, it’s a new and interesting type of Pokémon game for old players and new players alike.
- Invokes nostalgia for Pokémon Yellow
- Solid gameplay mechanics
- Graphics, sound, and music that are some of the best in the industry
- Pokéball and Pokémon Go mechanics seem gimmicky
- Some changes will alienate longtime