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Pokémon GO, Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!/Eevee! Games' Videos Preview Meltan

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
New Mythical Pokèmon debuts with Mystery Boxes in games in 2018

The Pokémon franchise's official YouTube channel began streaming two promotional videos on Wednesday that reveal more information about the new Mythical Pokémon Meltan. The end of the live-action video shows a silhouette that appears to be an unrevealed form of Meltan. The videos promote Niantic's Pokémon GO smartphone game and the Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! Nintendo Switch games.

The Pokémon Company International revealed that the new Mystery Box item will be required to obtain Meltan. Players will be able to receive the item by sending Pokémon from Pokémon GO to Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee!. Pokémon GO players will receive various items for transferring Pokémon to the Nintendo Switch games, and the first time they transfer a Pokémon, they will receive a Mystery Box. Players will also be able to receive a Mystery Box for sending Pokémon to a friend's Nintendo Switch game, but they will only be able to have one Mystery Box at a time.

Players must complete Special Research to obtain Meltan in Pokémon GO, and the new Special Research will be available later this year. After players open a Mystery Box in Pokémon GO, Meltan will appear for the player who opened the item in the app, and they will be catchable. Mystery Boxes will close after one use, and players will be able to open them again after waiting a set period of time. To obtain Meltan in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee!, players must send them from the Pokémon GO game.

Ditto disguised as Meltan first appeared in Pokémon GO in September.

The Pokémon Company International announced on Tuesday that Pokémon who originally appeared in the Sinnoh Region will appear in Pokémon GO "soon."

The Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! games will ship for Nintendo Switch on November 16. The games are set in the Kanto region of the first Pokémon games, and are specifically based on 1998's Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition. Similar to the main role-playing game series, certain Pokémon are unique to each version of the Nintendo Switch game.

The games support both single player and cooperative play, and can be controlled with only one Joy-Con controller. Players use the controller to throw Poké Balls and capture Pokémon with similar mechanics to Niantic's Pokémon GO smartphone game. Players can interact with Pikachu and Eevee to improve their bonds for beneficial effects. Players can also have any captured Pokémon walk with them in the game. Players can ride some of these companion Pokémon, and the Pokémon can also find hidden items.

In Support Play, a Support Trainer can help the main player catch Pokémon or battle against other Trainers. Players can work together through local communication that connects two Nintendo Switch consoles or through internet communication. Internet communication requires players to enroll in the Nintendo Switch Online service, which launched on September 18.

Nintendo will also offer a Poké Ball Plus controller that functions as a Joy-Con, but can also "hold" one Pokémon that can then be transferred to a user's Pokémon GO smartphone game account. The new controller can function with the Pokémon GO game similarly to the Pokémon GO Plus device. Players can also transfer Pokémon from Pokémon GO to Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee!.

Sources: The Pokémon Company International's website and YouTube channel (link 2), Pokémon GO's website

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