Let’s Go Pikachu! and Let’s Go Eevee! among three new Pokémon games coming to the Nintendo Switch

Let’s Go Pikachu! and Let’s Go Eevee! will be followed by a “core” Pokemon game later next year

Advertisement The Nintendo Switch is to get three new Pokemon games over the next year, with the newly announced Let’s Go Pikachu! and Let’s Go Eevee! due in November, and a “core” game in late 2019. The house of Mario officially revealed Let’s Go Pikachu! and Let’s Go Eevee! last night.

The games look to be a combination of backwards-looking nostalgia with forward-looking additions for the long-running series, including couch co-op, big-screen play and mobile integration… not to mention the release of a Pokeball controller. Players will be tasked with finding the original 151 Pokemon in the Kanto region, with either Pikachu or Eevee plonked on your shoulder like a furry parrot. The games take inspiration from the GameBoy title Pokemon Yellow, which similarly centred on Pikachu and had the loveable monster follow the player around the world, outside of his tiny spherical prison.

It also looks like the games have learnt from the success of Pokemon Go, and will similarly let players catch Pokemon using motion controls.
Video of Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee!

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Developer Game Freak is pitching the Let’s Go games as an accessible take on the Pokemon series, with players able to see wild Pokemon on the map and the ability for friends to drop in and out to help catch Pokemon in battle. “With these games specifically, we’re trying to introduce an all-new playstyle,” Game Freak director Junichi Masuda told reporters. “It’s really a much more simplified experience compared to the traditional series.” READ NEXT: Nintendo Switch review

A “core” Pokemon title will follow in late 2019. What shape this will take is yet to be announced, but given Let’s Go‘s focus on younger and newer players, it will presumably involve more in the way of a challenge for veteran pokemon hunters. The Let’s Go games will launch in November alongside a Pokeball Plus controller, which will work both with Pokemon Go and with the Nintendo Switch.

The pokeball joy-con can be used to catch pokemon, and you’ll even be able to hear Pikachu cry out from his captivity if you shake it…if that’s what you’re into.

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