It’s official! Pokémon is headed to the Switch in November.
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! will hit the Nintendo Switch on November 16, bringing a whole new Pokémon adventure to Nintendo’s console.
Set in Kanto, you’ll be able to take on what looks to be the standard Pokémon fare – fight Pokémon, fight Trainers, catch Pokémon, defeat Gyms, take on Team Rocket and the Elite Four – all on the Switch in TV, tabletop and handheld modes.
Pokémon on the Switch has been rumoured for a while now, but no-one knew to what extent we would get a release. (We secretly hoped it would be another Pokémon Ranger). These two new titles will give you either Pikachu or Eevee as your partner, and let you wander around to your heart’s content. The trailer shows you pretty much everything you need to know:
If playing without Joy-Cons attached, you’ll be able to make a throwing motion with your arms to catch Pokémon in the wild (which is really cool), and they’re also releasing a Pokéball accessory that does pretty much the same thing. The accessory will function similarly to those little Pokéwalker pedometers that came out with the DS games a few years ago, in that you can transfer a Pokémon to it and take it with you and it’ll make noises(?) and respond to your actions.
But wait, there’s more. Still playing Pokémon GO? We wouldn’t be surprised if you’re not, but it looks like the new Switch games will collaborate with the app in a few ways. You can transfer Pokémon you’ve caught between the two – although there’s no telling if there are any limitations. It looks like they’re heading to a place on the Switch games called GO Park, which reminds me of the Pal Park system used in transferring games from the GameBoy titles to the DS ones, but we’ll see more of it in action soon, we imagine. It’s nice to see that Game Freak are rewarding those few (myself included) who still use the app.
That’s pretty much it, really. You can see in the trailer that buddy Pokémon make a return, and you’ll be able to have double battles if you have a second player, but there’s not too much info on how it all works just yet. It looks like a drop-in, drop-out type deal. It’ll also be interesting to see if Pokémon is playable on the floor at E3 – we hope so.
We can’t wait!