New Pokémon game coming to Nintendo Switch in November 2018

Victor Barreiro Jr.
New Pokémon game coming to Nintendo Switch in November 2018
'Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu!' and 'Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee!' will retell the classic Kanto region storyline, and will have interoperability between the Switch game and Pokémon Go

MANILA, Philippines – A new Pokémon game is coming to the Nintendo Switch later this year, promising a new role-playing game experience for Pokémon trainers looking to recapture the feel of battling competing trainers and capturing monsters in the Kanto region from the first game.

Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! are said to based on Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition, which first launched in Japan in 1998.

Fan website Serebii.net added the game will feature the first 151 Pokémon plus some Alolan Pokémon, which are new variants of old Pokémon, along with a new monster never before seen. 

Catching new monsters is made simpler by taking its wild Pokémon catching mechanics from Pokémon Go. Instead of weakening Pokémon to capture them, you’re thrust into a catching minigame where you throw Pokéballs at the monster you want to keep for yourself.

The game will feature two-player simultaneous play by sharing Joycon controllers on your Switch, though it doesn’t appear to have online functions other than interoperability with Pokémon Go, where you can transfer certain Pokemon from either game into the other one.

POKEBALL PLUS. The new controller lets you catch Pokemon on your mobile phone or on the Switch. Image from Pokemon.com

Also announced is the Pokéball Plus, a new controller that looks like a Pokeball and works with both Pokémon: Let’s Go games and Pokémon Go.

Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, and the Pokeball Plus are scheduled for a November 16 release. – Rappler.com

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Victor Barreiro Jr.

Victor Barreiro Jr is part of Rappler's Central Desk. An avid patron of role-playing games and science fiction and fantasy shows, he also yearns to do good in the world, and hopes his work with Rappler helps to increase the good that's out there.