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Let's GO Pikachu & Eevee - Confirmed Information (PLEASE READ THIS FIRST)

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Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! & Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee!
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: November 16, 2018 (Worldwide)
Pre-loading: October 22, 2018 on the Nintendo Switch eShop
Game Size: 4.6 GB

Links: [ Game Information | Pre-release Screenshots | Pre-release Videos ]

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Inspired by Pokemon Yellow.
  • These games are full-fledged RPGs, and are considered to be part of the main series.
  • However, these games are viewed as the next step to Pokemon GO, which is why the capture interface and mechanics are pretty much the same.
  • The next core titles that will actually follow the original concept of the handheld games will be released late 2019.
  • This is not a new generation.
  • The game's soundtrack, Pokemon Let's Go, Pikachu!・Pokemon Let's Go, Eevee! Super Music Complete, will contain 3 discs.
    • Disc 1 & 2 will contain a total of 66 tracks of new music, arranged by Shota Kageyama.
    • Disc 3 will contain 56 tracks from the original Pokemon Red/Green and Yellow games.
    • The soundtrack also includes a 60-page booklet that contains concept art from the game.
*** You can discuss Generation 8 and the next core series titles [HERE].


STORY & CHARACTERS
  • Set in the Kanto Region. It follows the original landmass from Gen 1, some areas have been updated and/or changed.
    • Fuchsia City Safari Zone is now replaced by GO Park.
    • The Cycling Road has been majorly updated, and no longer requires the bike to pass through.
    • The Celadon Game Corner is now an arcade instead of a casino.
  • Johto is NOT in the game.
  • Embark on an adventure with either Pikachu or Eevee.
    • They cannot be evolved, only the wild ones can.
    • They take up the first slot in your party.
    • They can be boxed.
    • They can be customized -- dressed up in various outfits, accessorized with items like flowers on their ear, body and tail, and given haircuts.
    • You can pet, feed, and even tickle it to increase your bond, which may bring good things.
    • Eevee now has a special gender difference in this game.
  • The original 151 Pokemon, along with some Alolan Forms, are available in the game. There are no connection between these forms and those found in Pokemon Sun/Moon/Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon.
  • Two special Pokemon are introduced. These are the Steel-type Mythical Pokemon, Meltan and its evolution, Melmetal. Currently, the only way to obtain Melmetal is by evolving Meltan using 400 Meltan Candies in Pokemon GO, then transferring it into Let's Go.
  • Trainer Customization is present in the game.
  • New characters are introduced, and old characters have updated designs.
    • The Rival is a new character named Trace.
    • The iconic Team Rocket duo, Jessie & James, are in the game.
    • Red, Blue, and Leaf appear in the game.
  • Several sub-events not present in the original game have been added, such as:
    • In Pewter City, a person asks the player to look after a Slowpoke for a short while.
  • Unlike before, in order to challenge the Pokemon Gym, the player must clear the requirements presented at the entrance. It may be types, levels, and many others.
  • In an interview with Polygon, game director Junichi Masuda mentioned that the post-game contains various Master Trainers. They are powerful high-leveled trainers that each specialize one Pokemon.
    • You can only use 1 Pokemon, the same species as them.
    • Not all of the Master Trainers will request a battle, however. Some will request a certain task.
    • You can earn the title of the Master Trainer you defeated.

MECHANICS & FEATURES

  • Unlike the core series, the main premise of the game is similar to Pokemon GO, where you capture Pokemon.
  • Catching Pokemon
    • To catch Pokemon, you can either just use the joystick, or use motion controls -- either in the form of the gyroscope in handheld mode, the Joy-Con when docked, or via the Poke Ball Plus. Touch screen controls are disabled however.
    • Chances of catching a Pokémon increase based on timing and where the Poke Ball hits the target. Throwing a Poke Ball inside the moving ring will increase the chances of a successful catch, especially if the ring is small. The color of the ring shows how easy it will be to catch the Pokémon -- with green meaning easy and red meaning hard.
  • There are no wild Pokemon battles. There are still traditional Trainer battles. Unlike before, aside from prize money, defeated Trainers may also give Poke Balls.
  • Legendary Pokemon encounters still use the traditional battle mechanics. However, there is a time limit of 5 minutes to battle and capture them.
  • Experience Points
    • Earn EXP by catching Pokemon and battling trainers.
    • Some wild Pokemon will have an aura that indicates its size. Red is bigger, while blue is smaller than normal.
    • EXP gained from capture depends on the size of the Pokemon.
    • EXP Bonuses are also earned from the quality of capture.
    • Similar to GO, you can use a Razz Berry to make Pokemon easier to capture.
    • All of your party Pokemon gain experience from capturing Pokemon.
    • In trainer battles however, only participating Pokemon earn experience unless the EXP Share is being used.
  • Combat Points (CP) is a mechanic from GO that works similarly in this game. It is an overall indicator of the combined stats of the Pokemon. You can see a Pokemon's CP on the capture screen.
  • Candy are new items that can be used for boosting Pokemon's stats. Candy can be obtained by transferring your spare Pokemon to Prof. Oak, and through playing mini-games in the GO Park complex.
    • Health Candy boosts HP by 1.
    • Mighty Candy boosts Attack by 1.
    • Tough Candy boosts Defense by 1.
    • Smart Candy boosts Sp. Attack by 1.
    • Courage Candy boosts Sp. Defense by 1.
    • Quick Candy boosts Speed by 1.
  • Pokemon can follow you. You can swap out the Pokemon following you at will.
  • Players will automatically ride Pokemon that are big enough such as Charizard, Lapras, and Onix.
  • Pikachu, Eevee, and the Pokemon following you can act as a Dowsing Machine. Pikachu and Eevee wag their tail when an item is nearby. Other Pokemon turn to the direction of the item.
  • Mega Evolution is confirmed. It activates when you have the Key Stone and the Pokemon's associated Mega Stone in the bag.
    • You can freely choose between the two Mega Evolutions of Charizard, indicating that it now only has one Mega Stone.
  • You can nickname your Pokemon from the menu anytime.
  • Wild Pokemon differ from the original game, such as Oddish being available on Viridian Forest.
  • Like every paired versions, there will be version-exclusive differences, such as wild Pokemon.
    • Oddish, Sandshrew, and Growlithe only appear in the wild in Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!
    • Bellsprout, Vulpix, and Meowth are only found in the wild in Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee!
  • In the overworld, Shiny Pokemon also seem to appear in their shiny colors.
  • The Pokemon box is no longer only accessible through the PC at Pokémon Centers, but rather you can check the Pokemon and make switches from anywhere through your Bag.
  • HMs have been replaced with Secret Techniques. Pikachu and Eevee can use special field moves as substitute. These moves does not take up any of their move slots.
    • Chop Down cuts down small trees.
    • Sea Skim lets your surf.
    • Sky Dash allows quick travel.
  • Breeding is absent in the game.
  • Partner Powers is a new feature where Pikachu/Eevee summons a special attack when battling.
    • During battle, an icon with Pikachu/Eevee and a JoyCon may randomly appear. The Partner Power is activated by shaking the JoyCon.
    • If you don't have your partner in battle, it gives a special boost to the currently active Pokémon. For example, raising its Attack.
    • The higher your friendship with Pikachu/Eevee, the higher the likelihood that it will appear.
    • For more details on these new attacks, please refer to the New Moves section of the main site.
  • There is a Fortune Teller that can help determine the Nature of Pokemon you will encounter. The color you choose to increase and decrease will determine the nature you get in wild encounters for the rest of the day.
  • An IV Judge returns and appears in the Pokemon's stat screen but this feature has to be unlocked first.

CONNECTIVITY
  • With the Support Play feature, you can play local co-op by using a second Joy-Con. The second player can help you in Trainer battles as well as boosts Pokemon capture chances.
  • The Pokemon Company states that the online is to be simplified. It will not have GTS, Battle Spot and Wonder Trade.
  • Since you can have multiple accounts on one Nintendo Switch, each account can have its own save file.
  • This game does not support the Save Data Cloud backup feature of the Nintendo Switch Online Subscription.
  • Battles and Trades with Other Players
    • You can trade and battle with other players through local wireless using two Nintendo Switch consoles.
    • Online battles and trades will require a Nintendo Switch Online subscription.
    • In order to connect with other players over wireless or Internet, you also need to share a Link Code. This is a code made out of various Pokemon akin to GO's Raid Battle lobby system.
    • The game only has 2 Player battles confirming that Multi Battles are not in the game.
  • Connectivity with Pokemon GO & The GO Park
    • Pokemon GO connects to the game via Bluetooth LE.
    • Gen 1 Pokemon (including Shinies and their Alolan Forms) caught in Pokemon GO can be transferred into the game through the GO Park, which replaced the Safari Zone in Fuchsia City.
    • Pokemon transferred to the game cannot be sent back to GO. Candies are received for transferring Pokemon.
    • There are 20 different GO Parks, each able to hold up to 50 Pokemon allowing a total of 1,000 Pokemon can be transferred.
    • Transferred Pokemon needs to be re-captured to join your party.
    • The higher the CP of a Pokemon in GO, the higher its level it will be when transferred to the GO Park.
    • Event Pokemon from GO cannot be transferred however.
    • Shiny Pokemon transferred from GO will remain Shiny when they appear in the overworld in the GO Park.
    • If at least 25 Pokemon of the same species are transferred, you can play a mini-game on the Play Yard. The game simply needs you to gather all 25 Pokemon around the park and bring them to the exit while avoiding obstacles. The mini-game rewards you with Candy.
  • The Mystery Box - Obtaining Meltan (Pokemon GO)
    • When you transfer a Pokemon from GO to Let's Go for the first time, you will receive a special Mystery Box on Pokemon GO.
    • Once opened, you will have the opportunity to capture lots of Meltan for 30 minutes.
    • This box can be reopened after a certain amount of time. To reopen it, you need to transfer another Pokemon from GO to Let's Go.
    • Meltan can be transferred to Let's Go.
  • Poke Ball Plus
    • It is a peripheral that can act as a Joy-Con. You can also transfer one of your Pokemon into it and play with it outside the game. It vibrates and makes a sound when you gently shake it.
    • It also acts similarly to Pokemon GO Plus. You can Play Pokemon GO without checking your smartphone screen. When a Pokemon appears nearby, it will light up and vibrate. A simple button press lets you throw a virtual Pokeball, and different LED light patterns will let you know if you’ve caught the Pokemon. Keep it connected to your smartphone and GO for it to count your steps so you can hatch Eggs and get Candy.
    • All Poke Ball Plus will come with the Mythical Pokemon, Mew.
    • A special bundle that includes both the game and the Poke Ball Plus peripheral is available for $99.99 USD.

Sources:
- https://pokemonletsgo.pokemon.com/en-us/
- https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-video-games/pokemon-lets-go-pikachu-and-pokemon-lets-go-eevee/
- https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/pokemon-creators-share-more-details/
- https://pokeballplus.nintendo.com/
- https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2018-06-01-pokemon-lets-go-pikachu-eevee-guide-release-date-5010
- https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/...-borrowing-from-pokemon-go-and-lets-gos-story
- https://gematsu.com/2018/05/pokemon-lets-go-pikachu-and-lets-go-eevee-announced-for-switch

- https://www.polygon.com/2018/10/15/17965206/pokemon-lets-go-co-op-impressions-preview
- Pokemon 2018 Video Game Press Conference
- Nintendo Treehouse Live E3 2018 - Let's Go Gameplay Preview
 
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