Two new Pokemon games coming to Switch this November

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Nintendo and The Pokemon Company have released details of two new Pokemon games – Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee – which will be released for the Switch this November. 

Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee were, according to the two companies, “Inspired by Pokémon Yellow”, and will: “Feature many of the intuitive gameplay functions offered to players in the hugely popular Pokémon GO and are designed for players taking their first steps into the Pokémon video game world. 

“Trainers will embark on an epic adventure set in the iconic Kanto region joined by their trusty Pikachu in Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Eevee in Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! They feature brand new gameplay to make the most of the unique capabilities of Nintendo Switch, such as throwing Poké Balls to catch Pokémon by swinging Joy-Con controllers, as well as the opportunity for family and friends to battle and explore together in a new two-player mode. The games were unveiled in partnership with Game Freak, the games’ developers and original creators of the Pokémon video game franchise.”

Game Freak’s director, Junichi Masuda, said: “For many people, Pokemon GO was their first experience with the Pokemon brand, so we have crafted these two new titles to be an accessible entry point to our core RPG series while giving our long-time fans a new way to play Pokemon.” 

The two games will also link up with Pokemon GO: players will be able to transfer Pokemon captured in the Kanto region of Pokemon GO into the two new Switch games. And Nintendo and The Pokemon Company promise that: “Something special will also be coming to the world of Pokémon GO, making the connection between both games even more appealing for Trainers. Details for this will be revealed in the near future.”

In addition, Nintendo has revealed a new controller specifically designed to be used to play the two Switch games in place of a Joy-Con. Called the Poke Ball Plus, Nintendo describes it thus: “The Poke Ball Plus features motion controls, lights up with a variety of colours, vibrates, and plays sounds. When catching a Pokemon in the Nintendo Switch games, players will be able to feel it moving within the device. It also does more than function as a controller—using the Poke Ball Plus, players can bring one of their Pokémon from Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! with them as they explore the real world, giving Trainers the opportunity to spend time with favorite Pokemon even when they’re not playing the game. Additionally, Trainers can receive a variety of rewards once Pokemon are returned to the Nintendo Switch games.” 

The two games will launch on 16 November 2018. And there’s further good news for Switch-owning fans of the Pokemon games: The Pokemon Company also announced that: “The next introduction to its popular core RPG series, which was teased last year at E3, will arrive in late 2019 on Nintendo Switch for the first time.”

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Steve Boxer
Steve Boxer has been writing about videogames since the early 1990s. His first console was an Atari VCS, and he misspent most of his youth in the 1980s in the arcades. As well as for Green Man Gaming, he can be found writing for The Guardian, Empire, TechRadar and Pocket-Lint. He’s currently having trouble deciding whether his favourite console is his Xbox One X or his Switch, and plays a wide range of games, but especially RPGs (he loves a good JRPG) action-adventure titles, shooters of all descriptions and driving games. Follow him here.