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Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!/Eevee! Games Reveal Meltan's Evolution Melmetal

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
New Mythical Pokémon Meltan evolves to Melmetal in Pokémon GO

The Pokémon Company revealed Melmetal as the evolution of the new Mythical Pokémon Meltan on Wednesday. The company also began streaming a Melmetal introduction video that promotes the Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! Nintendo Switch games and Niantic's Pokémon GO smartphone game.

Melmetal was first teased in a promotional video earlier this month, and it is the first Mythical Pokémon with the ability to evolve. Many Meltan combine together to form Melmetal. Meltan will only evolve to Melmetal in Pokémon GO, and players must obtain 400 Meltan Candies in order to evolve it.

The Pokémon Company also revealed screenshots of Melmetal in the upcoming Switch games and Pokémon GO.

The all-new Pokémon Meltan will be available in the games through trading with the Pokémon GO smartphone game.

The Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! games will ship for Nintendo Switch on November 16. The Nintendo Switch Pikachu & Eevee Edition, which will ship on the same day, will include one of the games pre-installed and feature themed Joy-Con controllers.

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's YouTube channel and website via Gematsu

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