Pokemon Lets Go Pikachu and Lets Go Eevee Are Live
There’s no doubt that the brand new Pokemon Yellow remake – Pokemon Lets Go Pikachu and Lets Go Eevee developed by the Japanese video game development company Game Freak, has taken the gaming world by storm. And it’s not just the Pikachu fans that have been anticipating this title for a while now, but an awful lot of gaming console enthusiasts have been waiting for an official remake of the classic as well.
It’s worth noting that both Pokemon Lets Go games (Pikachu and Eevee) are basically the same thing in terms of the overall concept, idea and general gameplay. Undoubtedly, the biggest difference between the two variations of the game is that on one occasion, you have the Pikachu creature at your disposal, while on the other you’re accompanied by Eevee. Also, both titles of the Pokemon RPG games are for the Nintendo Switch, which is the 7th installment of Nintendo’s legendary game console. Let’s talk about Pikachu, first.
What’s gameplay like for Pokemon Lets Go Pikachu?
As you might imagine, the gameplay of this game resembles the one from the original game, as well as certain game mechanics. The game takes place in the Kanto region and it starts by you meeting Pikachu who becomes your partner in crime as both of you gain strength and power throughout your adventure. Basically, you and Pikachu will become inseparable as the cute little creature will be, either on your shoulder or on top of your head, no matter where you go and he’ll also be your ally during tough battles.
As for the other gameplay-related things, here are some core gameplay features:
- All of the original 151 creatures that we’re all familiar with from Pokemon
- Mega evolved and Alolan forms of each creature
- Pokemon GO connectivity (connecting your Pokemon GO account with your Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! one)
- 2-player play (two players can play at the same time by using both controllers)
Obviously, this game is heavily influenced by Pokemon GO in many different ways and that’s why there’s an in-game integration available between the two. Then there are certain elements of the game that will put you against NPCs such as trainers and gym leaders who have their own Pokemon creatures.
However, these battles with computer-controlled characters don’t rely on the common RPG-style combat systems that you’re probably familiar with from other Pokemon titles. Instead, you’ll have to throw Poke Balls at a Pokemon that hasn’t been captured, simply by relying on the motion controls of your special Nintendo controller.
Multiplayer is another core gameplay mechanic in this game as it supports a co-op multiplayer mode. This mode is enabled by shaking the second controller and this lets another player participate in battles and encounters with wild Pokemon. Basically, when you fight Pokemon Trainers the battle becomes a 2 v 1 scenario and when you’re dealing with wild encounters, your chances of successfully capturing a Pokemon double since both players have the chance to throw their Poke Balls simultaneously.
What exactly is the Poke Ball Plus controller?
This is an alternative controller to the regular Joy-Con Nintendo Switch controller, that was specifically designed for Pokemon games. Essentially, this controller looks exactly like a Poke Ball and it can be used on both Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee! and it’s compatible with Pokemon GO Plus too.
The Poke Ball Plus device offers motion controls, as well as several other pretty cool features such as:
- It lights up in different colors
- It vibrations
- It plays thematic sounds
For instance, when you catch a creature, your Poke Ball Plus controller will let you know that there’s a Pokemon inside it by vibrating, thus making you feel like its actually moving inside of your Poke Ball. And on top of that, you’ll also hear your new Pokemon crying after you caught it with your thematic controller.
There are also other perks to getting yourself a Poke Ball Plus controller since it’s actually more than just an ordinary Nintendo controller. If you wish to do so, you can even take your Poke Ball Plus outside and enjoy the company of your Pokemon even when you’re not glued to your Nintendo Switch. This will also improve your gameplay as you’ll be getting some neat rewards when you go back to playing the game on your console.
Can Eevee evolve in Pokemon Lets Go?
No, once you start with Eevee you can’t evolve this creature, as it was possible in the original game. This means that whether you choose Pikachu or Eevee (depending on your version of Pokemon Let’s Go), you’re bound to that particular creature and you can’t evolve them as the game progresses.
But the good news is that the evolution mechanic of Pokemon Yellow hasn’t been entirely revamped. For instance, you can actually evolve other creatures that you’ve captured, even if they’re of the same species as your primary Pokemon companion (Pikachu or Eevee).
These are the three possible in-game evolutions of Eevee at the moment:
- Vaporeon (Water) – Requires a Water Stone
- Flareon (Fire) – Requires a Fire Stone
- Jolteon (Electric) – Requires a Thunder Stone
What does the Eevee bundle include?
The official Pokemon Lets Go Eevee collection includes two unique Joy-Con controllers (themed around Eevee and Pikachu), a digital copy of the game and the fabulous Poke Ball Plus special controller.
Apart from these awesome features, this authentic bundle also comes with other more subtle, but just as relevant and cool goodies. Here they are:
- Pikachu & Eevee portraits at the front of your Switch dock
- A dozen of silhouettes of the two main Pokemon on the back of the console
As for the suggested retail price by the manufacturer for Eevee’s bundle, it’s exactly $99.
What is the critical reception of Pokemon Lets Go Eevee?
For the most part, this Pokemon-themed game has actually received lots of very positive reviews from game critics and gaming fans in general. In fact, 91% of Google users have enjoyed this fresh Nintendo Switch title, which speaks for itself.
Even the popular review aggregator site Metacritic was more than generous towards Let’s Go Eevee by giving it a superb score of 81/100. But if you’re interested in what score some of the most prominent video game critics and gaming magazines gave to Game Freak’s remake of the 1998 classic, let’s take a look at a few of them:
- GamePro – 85/100
- GamesRadar+ – 4.5/5 stars
- IGN – 8.3/10
- EGM – 8.5/10
- Eurogamer – 8/10
Clearly, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that this contemporary Pokemon title has many fans and is highly regarded as a worthy successor to the original. In fact, it might be even better, thanks to some of the gameplay adjustments that are meant to make the game more exciting and fun to play.
So there you have it, folks – the brand new Pokemon Lets Go Pikachu and Lets Go Eevee is actually a modernized and reworked version of the original Pokemon Yellow game that was released more than 20 years ago. And while the theme is practically the same, the modern version includes other brilliant gameplay mechanics and innovations (thanks to contemporary technologies) such as the awesome Poke Ball Plus controller that adds more oomph to the overall feel of the game.
Only time will tell just how popular this new Pikachu-themed title will get, but so far the reviews and the critics are quite positive about it. But with the added Pokemon GO integration and the superb multiplayer functionality, it’ll be a surprise if it isn’t successful after all.