The series of exciting/disappointing announcements rolled on and on this past week as the leaky ship that is E3 got closer and closer. Aside from Fallout 76, another game piqued my interest, before dashing it completely before the announcement’s end.
Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokemon: Let’s Go Eevee are the latest new Pokemon games from Game Freak and Nintendo announced for the Nintendo Switch.
Images and information about these games has been floating around the internet for a while now, although the exact details behind them were vague until now. After the trailer was revealed, Nintendo started to release more information about the games.
They’re loose remakes of the first Pokemon games; Red and Blue, taking place in the Kanto region and predominately featuring the first 151 Pokemon. The game appears to be marketed towards a much younger audience implying it was a game for on boarding new fans going forward.
The game only requires a single joy-con to play and features a much more simplified series of mechanics and controls, even when to the already simplistic core franchise. The game seems to focus far more on the interacting and capturing of wild Pokemon, removing the ability to battle them completely, although battling still exists in game, it too seems like a simple form of trainer battle.
It looks like a much more laid back approach to the main series, adding more features that allow you to interact with Pokemon in the over world that doesn’t involve battling, the level of story elements to the game are still unknown at this point.
The primary new feature of this game is what turns it from a confusingly weird announcement into an obvious step from Nintendo. This comes in the form of the game’s interactivity and connection to the Pokemon Go app for mobile phones.
I briefly got into Pokemon Go when it became the global phenomena it did in 2016, but thanks to a combination of their terrible server issues and the fact that I live live in a relatively rural area, I ended up losing interest in the game after a month or so.
Consequently, Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee contains very little that interests me as either a video game fan or a Pokemon fan. The game feels like it was made to be a companion title to the app. For those still playing a lot of the mobile game, this must seem like a massive treat, but for the rest of us who moved past it, it doesn’t feel like there is much to offer here aside from “baby’s first Pokemon game”.
There were mixed feeling around this game as it was announced. This comes from the fact that many thought it was going to be the 8th entry in the “core” Pokemon franchise to follow Sun and Moon. Thankfully, Nintendo announced that this was not the case and new Pokemon games on the Switch would be coming out by the end of 2019. Id’s like to hope that, with this new game being labelled as “you first adventure” that the mainline game next year might be made with the older fans in mind.
Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee seems like an interesting new take on the franchise that capitalises on the huge success of the Pokemon Go app. Personally, It doesn’t feel like it’s for me. This is just another game that excited me when I first saw it, then completely deflated me when I realised what it was. It’s been a good week for that.