At this very moment, more than five million people all over the world are still playing the mobile game Pokémon Go. Now, Nintendo has doubled down on the success of the franchise’s first big mobile outing and is offering new details on Pokémon:Let’s Go, the first full-length Pokémon game exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. This means the game will still be somewhat mobile (Nintendo Switch is kind of like a Gameboy) but it won’t be on a phone. Which, could be good news for parents.
While Lets Go will definitely steal a few beats from its mobile predecessor, Pokémon: Let’s Go is promising to be a way more interactive experience which includes trading with and competing against other players. So, there’s still a community element.
Let’s Go will take on the aesthetic of Pokémon Go but for the first time, players will actually be able to interact with Pokémon walking about and hiding in the universe. That’s a huge deviation from the Pokémon Go’s more static gameplay which only involved players would walking up to and interacting with an icon that signifies the presence of a new Pokémon. Moreover, a la Pokémon: Yellow, the first of the games to feature a companion Pokémon who walks alongside your avatar, Pokémon: Let’s Go will give players the option to choose either Eevee or Pikachu as their companion. Depending on which one you choose, different in-game options and Pokémon will become available to you.
The game also allows you to customize your avatar and change things about them as you explore the famous Kanto region. The Kanto region was the original area where the first Pokémon games and shows took place. That means Pokémon: Let’s Go will see players taking on the original eight gym leaders from the show too. Going back to the beginning in this way has prompted Nintendo to include all of the original 151 Pokémon. Even though Pokémon OG’s may feel let down by the relatively small number of Pokémon in the game. Certain common Pokémon, as well as a few legendary Pokémon from other games, will appear as well.
Pokémon: Let’s Go is set to drop in November and is sure to provide a pretty new experience for the long time and brand new fans alike. No walking required.