While there has been some Pokemon variants available for the Nintendo Switch, safe to say that many have been anticipating the launch of a Pokemon game that is usually found on Nintendo’s handheld consoles. The good news is that if you’ve been anticipating such a game, you’re in luck.
This is because Nintendo has not only announced one, but two brand new Pokemon games that will be headed onto the Nintendo Switch. These games are dubbed Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! and they are set for a release on the Nintendo Switch come 16th of November, 2018. This echoes an earlier report which hinted at a November release, and it also confirms another report which suggested that the game could borrow some elements from Pokemon GO.
That being said, we should point out that the new Let’s Go titles won’t introduce brand new Pokemon and will instead be based on Pokemon Yellow. The folks at Polygon spoke to director Junichi Masuda who told them, “Let’s Go! Pikachu and Let’s Go! Eevee are kind of inspired and based on Pokémon Yellow version. They had added elements from the animated series, like Team Rocket and the characters that appeared in the animated series. It’s one of those things that made it resonate more with young kids at the time. When we were thinking of a game to go back to … we thought that this would be the next version.”
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing because from what we can tell, the games look fantastic with the use of modern graphics. Players will be able to play the game using the Joy-Con which will support throwing-like gestures to toss the Poke Balls. There will also be a separate accessory in the form of the Poke Ball Plus that can be used in place of a Joy-Con. There is also support for two-player simultaneous play, so if you want to play with a friend that’s possible too.
Players who have been diligently collecting Pokemon via Pokemon GO will also be able to transfer their caught Pokemon onto the Switch a Bluetooth connection. If you have a couple of minutes to spare, you can check out the trailer for the game in the video above.