Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee takes you back to a classic

In the Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu preview you can read Sander’s experiences with the game, which he gained at a Nintendo event. Are Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee watered-down games, or is there something for the old guard too?

Thanks to more than seventy games over the past 23 years, the Pokémon series appeals to several generations who love virtual creatures. But Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee must become the first Pokémon game for everyone. Game Freak has decided for the first main game on Switch to create a unique hybrid between old and new games, with elements from the first generation of Game Boy games as well as Pokémon Go. The result is as the missing link between two evolutions, an accessible Pokémon game that young and old can lose themselves in for hours.

If you’ve played the first generation of Pokémon games on the Game Boy, Pokémon Let’s Go is a feast of recognition. The entire Kanto region has been given a lick of paint, but also honors your nostalgia. The 3D models look detailed and the Switch’s capabilities bring the region to life. The sun shines through the trees of Viridian Forest, which in turn cast atmospheric shadows. Brock’s Gym in Pewter City looks almost carved out of stone and even includes spectator stands, adding even more impact to your quest for the badges. The layout of the environments has been carefully recreated, and the orchestral soundtrack gives new life to the tunes of the Game Boy title. Nostalgic and new fans will not be short of anything.

Also in the gameplay there are well-known elements with a twist. Bill’s PC has been replaced with a Pokémon Box in your backpack, Pokémon are now visible in the tall grass, and after a battle, all Pokémon on your team are rewarded with XP. There are even side quests that were missing from Pokémon Yellow. Pokémon Let’s Go not only modernizes the classic elements, but borrowed from Pokémon Go. You now catch Pokémon in exactly the same way as in the mobile game, but with motion controls. The game eliminates random encounters and the boredom of battles against countless Pokémon to level your team, resulting in a game that plays a lot more smoothly. And because it’s also possible to send Pokémon from your smartphone game to your Switch, filling your Pokédex is no longer a distant dream.

(Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu preview) Viridian Forest has never looked so lush.

You also carry a Pikachu or Eevee on your back that is not just there for decoration. Your partner Pokémon has special abilities that come in handy while walking. For example, at certain times, Pikachu wobbles its tail, which means that there is an item somewhere. Your partner Pokémon isn’t the only one in the spotlight – you can let another monster walk outside its Ball. In some cases you can even ride them, such as with Onix. This gives you even more the opportunity to dress your journey as a Poké Master the way you want.

The game is fully playable with the Poké Ball Plus, a new accessory that pairs with both Pokémon Let’s Go and Pokémon Go. In the mobile game, the small Poké Ball works exactly like the Pokémon Plus wristband, but in the Switch game, it replaces your Joy-Con. The button on the ball acts as a joystick and allows you to select menu options. You can even put a Pokémon in the ball and take it for a walk, earning XP and other rewards. The ball is on the small side even for children’s hands, but is otherwise of high quality and serves as a great alternative to the traditional Joy-Con.

Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee are part nostalgia trip, part gateway for a younger generation who got started with Pokémon Go. Both camps are represented in gameplay and graphics, creating a unique interplay between old and new. Nintendo wants a Pokémon game for everyone, and Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee seem to be right up that street.

Want to know more about Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee? Then be sure to check out our Pokémon Let’s Go guide with tips and tricks to become the ultimate Pokémon master. We tell you how to catch the original starter trio Charmander, Squirtle and Bulbasaur in Let’s Go and even how to catch Meltan and Melmetal in Pokémon Let’s Go with the Mystery Box. We also have more general information about catching Pokémon and catch combos in Let’s Go.

Oh, and did you know that Mew is also in Pokémon Let’s Go?

For this Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu preview Sander played with Poké Ball Plus on a Nintendo Switch. Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee will be released for Nintendo Switch on November 16.