Today, The Pokémon Company revealed a brand new trailer for Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee!, which reveals the return of a feature introduced in Pokémon X and Y: Mega Evolution. As usual, there’s actually two trailers, since the European / North America and Japanese ones are not quite the same!
Here’s the two trailers:
Also, The Pokémon Company finally launched the official website for Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! outside Japan, revealing additional details and tons of screenshots for the game!
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! – Story
The game takes place in world inhabited by strange creatures known as Pokémon. Some of them coexist alongside humans, but many of them live in the wild: in tall grass, in caves, in the seas, and in many other places.
You play as a brand new Pokémon trainer, who will get to meet, catch, and raise many Pokémon on their journey. Your goal: becoming the best Pokémon trainer! During your journey, you will meet many characters: some friendly, some hostile that do not hesitate to use Pokémon for their nefarious ends. Of course, let’s not forget your partner Pokémon: Pikachu or Eevee, along with the rest of your Pokémon team.
At the beginning of the game, you either get Pikachu or Eevee as Partner Pokémon. Unlike regular Pokémon, they do not like to get into their Poké Ball, which is why they travel on your shoulder or your head. They also dislike evolution, which means you will not be able to end up with a Raichu or any of the Eevolutions unless you manage to get another Pikachu and Eevee. Your Partner Pokémon can be either male or female. If your Eevee is female, its tail is marked by a heart-like pattern, something not found in regular Eevee.
It has red electric sacs on its cheeks, and it raises its tail to check its surroundings. Your partner Pikachu will travel with you by riding on your shoulder. The tip of the tail of a female Pikachu is shaped like a heart.
It has a fluffy mane of fur around its neck. Some people say it can start to look like the Trainer that becomes its partner. Your partner Eevee will ride on your head during your adventure!
When you want to take a break in your exploring or battling, you can play with your Partner Pokémon, in order to strengthen your bond with them. You can have them sit on your arm, so that you can pet them, feed them, and even tickle them. Good things will happen as the two of you become closer!
What’s more, you can also customise the appearance of both your trainer and your Partner Pokémon with various outfits, accessories, and hairstyles. You can even choose to coordinate your outfit with your Partner Pokémon’s, if you want.
In Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee!, a really popular feature makes its comeback: Pokémon Follow. In this game, pretty much any Pokémon can be your traveling companion. They will even find some hidden items for you. Even better: some Pokémon actually let you tide them, allowing you to travel faster. And quite frankly, entering town on top of a giant Onix certainly leaves a strong impression!
Another feature making its comeback in Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee!… Mega Evolution! This is a special type of Evolution, that transcends Evolution. It allows a Pokémon to get even stronger than its final evolution, but only if the bond between it and its trainer is strong enoigh.
Just like in past games, Mega Evolution requires two key items: a Key Stone, and a Mega Stone that corresponds to the Pokémon you want to Mega Evolve. Also, the “one Mega Evolution per battle” restriction is still there, which means you have to think carefully about who to Mega Evolve… and when.
Here’s some of the Pokémon that can Mega Evolve:
When Venusaur Mega Evolves into Mega Venusaur, the flower on its back grows larger and its legs become thicker and stronger to support its extra weight. Its Defense and Sp. Def greatly increase, allowing it to withstand just about any attack thrown at it.
Mega Charizard X / Mega Charizard Y
Charizard can Mega Evolve into two forms: Mega Charizard X and Mega Charizard Y. In each battle, choose the form that will give you the most advantage. Mega Charizard X’s body color changes to black, and its flames turn blue because they burn so much hotter. It also changes types from a Fire- and Flying-type Pokémon to a Fire- and Dragon-type Pokémon. Mega Charizard Y retains its orange coloring, but it gains sharp horns, a longer tail, and larger wings. It can fly faster than a jet plane!
Blastoise normally has two water cannons on its shell, but when it Mega Evolves, the two cannons merge into a single large cannon that uses the power of Mega Evolution to launch superpowerful blasts. Its Sp. Atk greatly increases as well, allowing for more aggressive tactics in battle.
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! – Kanto
The game takes place in the Kanto region, whee small towns, cities, mountains, rivers, forests, and seas can be found. There’s definitely a ton of varied places to explore, with many Pokémon to find.
Here’s some of the places you will get to explore during your journey:
- Pallet Town: a quaint little village, home to your rival (who happens to live next door). It’s also where you will find Professor Oak and his laboratory. The professor studies Pokémon for a living, and gives you your Pokédex when you set off on your journey. In exchange, you have to help him fulfill his dream: seeing a Pokédex completed!
- Pewter City: a town located at the foot of a great stone mountain. There, you will find the Pewter Museum of Science, where many Fossils are on display. The Gym Leader of the Pewter City Gym is Brock, who is sometimes referred to as the rock-solid Pokémon Trainer.
- Cerulean City: a place surrounded by waterways, where a mischievous Squirtle has been spotted. The Gym Leader is Misty, and she’s waiting for you in the Cerulean City Gym. She’s an expert with Water-type Pokémon, and she is also referred to as the Tomboyish Mermaid.
- Vermilion City: the largest port city in Kanto. That’s where the Vermillion City Gym can be found, as well as the luxury cruise liner (the S. S. Anne), which stops there one a year. The Vermillion City Gym Leader is Lt. Surge, also known as the Lightning Lieutenant, an expert on Electric-type Pokémon. His partner is a Raichu. In order to reach him, you will have to overcome the puzzle in his Gym!
For those of you who never played a Pokémon game before (or simply started with Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, or Ultra Moon: Pokémon Gyms are where you get to test your skill in battles. You can earn a Gym Badge by defeating the Gym Leader there. But in order to enter, you need to meet certain conditions, such as having Pokémon of certain types or levels for example.
In the Kanto region, a sinister organisation is at work: Team Rocket. They steal Pokémon, and use them to their own nefarious ends. Members of that organisation are pretty easy to spot: they wear black uniforms with a large R on their chests. Naturally, you will end up battling them several times during your journey, and eventually, you will reach their leader.
Among the sea of nameless Team Rocket Grunts, there’s a particular trio fans will recognise right away: Jessie, James, and Meowth, that you get to battle several times during your journey. They use Poison-type Pokémon Ekans and Koffing.
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! – How to play
In order to catch a Pokémon, simply approach it when you encounter one in the wild. The Pokémon will move around, and may even try to intimidate you, but all you have to do to catch it is to wave the Johy-Con with the proper timing to catch a Poké Ball (in Handheld Mode, you have to move the system around to aim, then throw Poké Balls by pressing the A button).
To increase your chances of a successful catch, you have to throw the Poké Ball inside the shrinking ring (the smaller it is, the higher your chances). Said ring also indicates how easy it is to catch the Pokémon: green means easy, and red means hard.
When exploring Kanto, if you come across a Trainer, and they see you, it’s time for battle! Battles are held with up to 6 Pokémon in each party. The goal is pretty simple: knock all of your opponent’s Pokémon before they do the same with yours!
Each Pokémon has different moves, and one or two types: said types determin how much damage a move can do. After all, some types are strong against certain types, but weak against others. The key to victory is to learn the various type matchups, in order to choose the right Pokémon and the right move at the right time!
For the first time in the Pokémon series, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! let’s you play in co-op with a friend via Support Play. In this mode, the two players can explore the world together, and even have Pokémon travel alongside them. During encounters with wild Pokémon, throwing Poké Balls at the same time boosts your chances of catching it. You will also earn more EXP when doing so! In battles against other trainers, you can both control your own Pokémon, and issue it commands.
But multiplayer isn’t just about co-op: you can also connect with other players to battle them, and trade Pokémon. You can do so via local wireless, or via the internet.
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Let’s Go, Eevee! (Switch) comes out on November 16th worldwide.