As a leak earlier this month suggested, the next mainline Pokémon games would be coming, but with a little bit of a twist. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! have been confirmed to be the next entries in the series and will be making their way to the Nintendo Switch. The games retell the classic first entry of the series where players explore the Kanto region with either the iconic Pikachu or Eevee as a companion. As was done in the remakes Pokémon Heart Gold and Soul Silver, Pokémon will be able to accompany trainers outside of their PokéBalls, and players can have various interactions with their Pokémon based on how strong their friendship/bond is.
The games bring with them a ton of notable changes, many of which can be seen in the video above. The one that has been bringing the most attention is the fact that the Pokémon catching mechanic from previous games has been replaced with one in the styling of Pokémon GO. Players will use the motion controls in the Switch’s JoyCon to throw a PokéBall to capture their coveted companions. Nintendo and GameFreak also showcased the PokéBall Plus – a peripheral that functions as a JoyCon in Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! and also has functionality with Pokémon GO.
You can use the #PokeBallPlus as a Joy-Con in #PokemonLetsGo! Good things may happen if you place one of your favorite Pokémon into the device and walk around with it in the real world. It will be able to connect to Pokémon GO as well! pic.twitter.com/I18Y55odpp
— Pokémon (@Pokemon) May 30, 2018
Another addition which should have fans excited is the addition of local cooperative play. Assigning one JoyCon per player allows two people to play the game on a joined screen. This allows you to capture wild Pokémon or battle other trainers with another soon-to-be Pokémon Mater of your choosing. This is something fans have been eagerly awaiting for a long time and could drastically change things like Pokémon competitive play.
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! is planned to be released on November 16th, 2018. There is another Pokémon game planned to be released, Pokémon Quest, sometime in Q3 or Q4 of 2019, although we don’t have many details on it yet other than it will be a mobile hybrid game.