Pokemon Go Spinoffs Confirmed for Switch

Almost since its announcement, Nintendo fans the world over have been speculating as to what Pokemon titles would be released for the Switch console. Finally, the company has an answer in the form of two new games coming out this fall.


GameSpot reports on Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokemon: Let’s Go Eevee, a set of games for the Nintendo Switch console designed as spinoff titles to the Pokemon Go mobile game.


While little is known about the two so far, Nintendo has released some information to tide fans over until the launch date. The game appears to be set in the original Kanto region of the Generation I games, presumably with all 151 Pokemon to catch and battle.


In the style of previous entries like Pokemon Yellow and Generation II’s Gold and Silver, players will have a companion Pokemon (either Pikachu or Eevee depending on the game) that follows them around in the game world as they explore. However, the real meat of this adventure will involve its mobile predecessor’s main mechanic of catching Pokemon sans battles, with players tossing out Pokeballs until wild Pokemon are caught without hurting them.


Battles will show up according to the first official trailer, however, but only with other trainers. Unlike in Go, though, the battle system appears to be more reminiscent of the standard rock-paper-scissors style of the main series.


Finally, it appears that both versions of this game will be able to connect to the Pokemon Go app, letting players send Pokemon from mobile to console. The details of these transfers aren’t yet revealed, but game director and producer Junichi Masuda has confirmed that any shiny Pokemon from Go will keep their shiny status on console. Whether or not the games will be able to connect to other games in the series or the Pokemon Bank is not yet revealed.


More information is sure to come soon prior to the November 16 release date, so stay tuned for updates.

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