Images sourced from YouTube trailer
Well, the rumours floating that were floating around the interwebs for a while have been confirmed to be true! Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee are coming to Nintendo Switch on November 16th, 2018! While most people (myself included) expected them to be the next in the core series, they are actually spinoffs. Along with Pokémon Quest and the untitled 2019 core game, that’s a whopping three games to looks forward to in the near future!
There’s no doubt that these spinoffs seem to be aimed more towards the “casual” gamer but they can give us an idea of what we can expect about the future of the highly anticipated 2019 release, and the future of the franchise as a whole. Obviously, this is a whole lot of speculation so please take what I say with a grain of salt. With that said, Let’s Go! (Geddit?)
An announcement trailer is never a good indication of what a finished game will look like. It’s also not a good indication of what the NEXT game in a series is going to look like. However, this trailer does indicate something pretty significant but also kind of obvious. Future Pokémon games are going to look a lot better than their previous iterations. Even if nothing were to be updated from the DS graphics, the inclusion of the larger resolution of the Nintendo Switch is guaranteed to help boost the visuals of the game.
While I would be happy with this, I don’t think that Nintendo will leave the graphics as-is. The limitations of the DS system are now gone, replaced with the Nintendo Switch. It might not be the powerhouse of a machine to rival the Xbox One X or the Playstation 4 Pro but there is something there to be utilized that Nintendo didn’t have before. A new Pokémon game at 1080p resolution and 60 FPS? Yes, please!
This trailer confirms that there will actually be Pokémon in this Pokémon game. What? That not enough for you? Fine.
Both Pikachu and Eevee can be seen riding atop their respective trainers, while other companions can be seen trailing behind a lá Pokémon Yellow. This does make sense as Junichi Masuda has stated that the games can basically be considered “remakes” of that game. While Pokémon riding their trainers is probably going to be a feature specific to these games, I really hope they bring followers forward into the 2019 release. There would be nothing better than having a great hulking Charizard or Tyranitar trailing behind you.
While the majority of the trailer featuring Pokémon from Generation One, there is a little section of the video that teasers we’ll get to “meet a special Pokémon.” This could mean several things. It could mean that we get to meet a special Pokémon from previous generations like Mew, it could maybe mean a special variation of a Pokémon like the Alolan forms or (and this is what I hope it means) we shall be introduced to a brand new Pokemon that will feature in the 2019 release. Regardless of what it might actually mean, I would say it’s highly likely that there are going to be new creatures to catch.
Nintendo has had a long and sometimes worrying obsession with strange peripherals for their games (i’m looking at you Virtual Boy and Power Glove). Thanks to the Nintendo Labo and the newly announced Pokéball Plus, this obsession is not dying anytime soon. A mash-up between a Joy-Con and an updated Pokéwalker, players can use this Pokéball shaped device as a controller but also have the opportunity to use it for taking their favourite Pokémon into the real world with them.
After having a Pokémon transfered into it, the device will vibrate, light up, and make noises relevent to what is contained inside. I’ll put myself down for 6 of them then! Taking my team into the real world sounds like an absolute dream! One would hope that this kind of functionality would also work with future games. As the Pokéball Plus acts as a Joy-Con, it should get all the usual updates that regular Joy-Cons do, so it probably won’t be a one-hit wonder.
Co-op & Connectivity
Thanks to the Nintendo Switch shipping with the built-in capability to support two players out of the box, it makes sense that Nintendo would want to implement more multiplayer action into the Pokémon brand. It might not be the entire campaign spanning co-op that I want, where you can start the game with a friend and play it through to the end, but the drop in, drop out gameplay that seems to be offered in certain scenarios in Let’s Go is a step in the right direction.
Lastly, it seems that Nintendo is doubling down on the financial success that is Pokémon Go. Aside from being able to carry your favourite Pokémon around you in the Pokéball Plus, there will be functionality between Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee and Pokémon Go. I don’t see any reason not to have a similar type of connection with the 2019 release. The hundreds of Pokémon you’ve caught in Pokémon Go probably won’t transfer one-for-one in the 2019 release but there will surely be some kind of incentive to make you want to keep playing Pokémon Go.
I’m not sure whether I am on board with this more casual version of a Pokémon. If this was the only game that Nintendo had announced then I would have been disappointed, but as a placeholder game for the big event in 2019? Sure, I can get behind Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee.
Check out the trailer below!