Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!/Eevee! Games' Launch Videos Streamed
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Nintendo of America and Nintendo UK's official YouTube channels began streaming an overview trailer and a launch trailer for the Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! Nintendo Switch games on Friday.
The Pokémon Company International's official YouTube channel also began streaming a promotional video for the games that features "Pokémon Theme (Gotta Catch'em All)," the original English opening theme song for the first Pokémon television anime series.
The Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! games shipped for Nintendo Switch on November 16. The Nintendo Switch Pikachu & Eevee Edition, which shipped the same day, 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.
In addition, Nintendo released 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!.
Game Freak's Junichi Masuda, director of Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee!, revealed in an interview with The Pokémon Company International's website on November 1 that the games are likely to mark his final work as a game director for the franchise. Masuda has served as director, producer, designer, and composer for various games in the franchise, and he was a developer for the original Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green games.