The Pokémon Company has announced Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu, and Let’s Go Eevee for the Nintendo Switch. The games will release on November 16th 2018 and retail for $59.99 USD.
- The games are set in Kanto and inspired by Pokémon Yellow, so they will be akin to a reboot rather than direct remakes.
- As such the games only feature the 151 Kanto Pokémon, and do not have the data for any Pokémon past that. The games are also not compatible with Sun/Moon, Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon, or Pokémon Bank, or the 3DS Eshop releases of the classic games.
- The games have no online features.
- The games are also not the next major main-series games. They fill the role of a semi-spin off that the Pokémon Company refers to as “A core-RPG for everyone”.
- The games complexity of control has been reduced so that all it takes to play is a single Joy-Con held vertically. Also the game allows for co-up play with each playing taking a Joy-con
- This simplified control is because of the new Poké Ball Plus accessory, which has some minor Joy-Con functionality and can be used to control the entire game.
- Players can send Pokémon from Let’s Go, or Pokémon Go into the Poké Ball Plus and take the device with them when they go out. The Device has Rumble (possibly HD), some motion/gyroscope functionality, built in speakers and a microphone, and lights so that players can interact with their Pokémon in the device.
- The game has Pokémon Go’s capture mechanics, there is no battling to weaken the wild Pokémon, the only strategy is the timing and aim of your throws, which are done via motion controls.