With Pokémon: Detective Pikachu, a live-action movie, and a Pokémon “core RPG” game for Nintendo Switch announced for 2019. It’s a great time to be a Poké-fan.

Eevee Shining Eyes
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While all of that is still a year away, we’ve been blessed with a Nintendo Switch title that has two editions, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee, and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu to keep us busy while we wait.

The game is essentially a remastered version of a beloved classic: the first generation Game Boy Pokémon RPG, Pokémon Yellow. However, the graphics and gameplay have been improved and elements of Pokémon GO have been included (and linked) to make it even more accessible to the casual player.

So which edition should you get? Should you partner with the adorable Eevee? Or should you pick the face of the Pokémon franchise, Pikachu, as your companion? We talk about what’s new in Pokémon: Let’s Go and help you make a decision. Oh, and if you’d like to find out how you can win a Nintendo Switch Pokémon: Let’s Go edition, read on!


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What’s New In Pokémon: Let’s Go?

Besides being an updated, 3D version of Pokémon Yellow, here’s what we’re excited about in Pokémon: Let’s Go.

  1. Gameplay Is Old-School With Touches Of Innovation

As Let’s Go is based on Pokémon Yellowany mechanics from later Pokémon RPGs that newer Pokémon players are familiar with, will not be available. This means that:

  • There’s no breeding of Pokémon, which also means that hatching of eggs is out as well
  • Your Pokémon will not have Abilities
  • You can’t do the more technical stuff like Effort Value (EV) training
  • And your Pokémon can’t hold items

Effectively, your overall gameplay should be as close to what first generation Pokémon gamers experienced. However, there are some changes like…

The introduction of Secret Techniques, where your partner Pokémon will be able to learn skills that can be used outside of battle. Instead of needing Pokémon on your team who can learn HM techniques like Cut, Surf, or Fly, your Eevee or Pikachu can learn Chop Down, Sea Skim, and Sky Dash respectively.

Eevee’s Sky Dash is particularly endearing as your partner will commandeer a harness with six balloons, as you travel from city to city, like so:

Pokemon Let's Go Eevee Sky Dash
Image Credit: The Pokémon Company

(Writer’s note: Damn cute, please.)


  1. Catching Pokémon Is Similar To Pokémon GO

Instead of battling a wild Pokémon and whittling its health down so that it’s weak enough to be captured by a Pokéball, the catching Pokémon is now similar to Pokémon GO. You throw berries to increase your chance of capturing it, then you throw a Pokéball via a flick on the Switch’s touchscreen or your Joy-Con controller.

Pokemon Let's Go Wild Metapod
Image Credit: The Pokémon Company

Note: this does not apply to the capture of the legendary birds, Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres.

Encounters with wild Pokémon will no longer be random as you can see what Pokémon are lurking in the tall grass.

Pokemon Let's Go Wild Pokemon
Image Credit: The Pokémon Company

This is a welcomed improvement because you can now stroll through Mt. Moon without having to fight EVERY damn Geodude and Zubat as you pray to Arceus (or Mew, considering that it’s considered to be the ancestor of all Pokémon) that you don’t run out of PP.

Also, there’s no such thing as GameShark. So the only way you can get Mew is to purchase the Poké Ball Plus.

Pokemon Lets Go Mew Poke Ball Plus
Image Credit: The Pokémon Company

The Poké Ball Plus works like a Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controller so you can use it to move, navigate, battle, and catch Pokémon by moving the device like you’re throwing it. Just don’t actually throw it at your screen.

FYI: The Pokémon Company has said that they won’t sell the Poké Ball Plus accessory forever, so if you want Mew, it’s a good idea to get it sooner then later.


  1. What Kind Of Pokémon To Expect In Let’s Go

Gen 1 players will be pleased to note that all original 151 Kanto Pokémon species will be available for you to catch ’em all. However, to keep it slightly interesting, you’ll also encounter their Mega Evolutions from Pokémon X and YAlpha Sapphire, and Omega Ruby. For the uninitiated, have a look at Charizard’s Mega Evolutions, Mega Charizard X (the badass Charizard with wings on its arms) and Y (the one that’s black and blue):

Charizard Mega Evolution
Image Credit: The Pokémon Company

Pretty wicked huh?

The Alola variants of the Kanto species, as seen in Pokémon Sun and Moon, will also be available. And if you haven’t played Pokémon Sun and MoonUltra Sun and Ultra Moon, you’ll be tickled when you see the Alola variants of Pokémon like Exeggutor:

Exeggutor Alola
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What Is An Alola Variant?

An Alola variant refers to a species of Pokémon found in the region of Alola (a cluster of one artificial and four natural islands that is the setting of Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon). What makes them unique is that these Pokémon have adapted to the habitats that are different from those where its species naturally live in other parts of the Pokéworld. As such, Alola variants develop unique traits and have evolved into a new species with different appearances, types, moves, abilities, and base stats.

For those interested in the scientific term for this naturally occurring phenomenon, it's called: peripatric speciation. Pretty cool that the creators of Pokeémon thought of this, huh?

 

 

There’ll also be one new Pokémon that will be introduced to players of Let’s Go. Introducing… Meltan:

Pokemon Let's Go Meltan
Image Credit: The Pokémon Company

Which evolves into this intimidating-looking Melmetal:

Pokemon Let's Go Melmetal
Image Credit: The Pokémon Company

Also, here’s a bit of good news for Pokémon GO players: you can transfer your Pokémon over to Let’s Go! However, there’re a few things you should keep in mind:

  • You first need to gain access to the GO Park complex in Fuchsia City
  • The transfer only applies to your Kanto Pokémon
  • Special event Pokémon like Santa Hat Pikachu cannot be transferred
  • You cannot transfer Mew from Pokémon GO to your Let’s Go game (otherwise it would negate the need for the Poké Ball Plus accessory)
  • The transfer is irreversible

  1. Other Cool Things To Expect

You can style your partner Pokémon with clothes and accessories that you’ll receive from various NPCs all over Kanto. By playing in handheld mode, you can also give your partner various hairstyles by stroking the screen in various ways to ruffle up your Pokémon’s fur in different ways.

Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu Afro
Image Credit: The Pokémon Company

Need some help capturing a Pokémon, or have a younger sibling who would like to join in the fun? You can share your Pokémon adventure by using another Joy-Con controller or Poké Ball Plus accessory to catch and battle alongside another player.

 

Pokemon Let's Go Capture Chansey Co-Op Mode
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This 2-player co-op introduces a second player (of the opposite gender) who will share the same team of Pokémon that you have. This makes battles even easier because most fights against NPCs will be a 2 on 1 affair. When catching wild Pokémon, players will get a catch bonus if they manage to throw their Pokéballs at the same time – potentially increasing the odds of successfully catching the Pokémon.

There’re just too many features to talk about so we’ll leave some for you to find out for yourself when you grab a copy of the game.


Let’s Go, Eevee or Let’s Go, Pikachu: Which One Should You Choose?

Is one version really better than the other? We list out the differences to help you make a decision.

  1. Version Exclusive Pokémon

Pokemon Let's Go Forest
Image Credit: The Pokémon Company

Those familiar with the franchise will know that every release of a new Pokémon RPG comes in two editions. And the biggest difference between both editions is the type of Pokémon you can catch. With Let’s Go, the same rules apply. Those exclusive to Let’s Go, Pikachu! include:

  • Sandshrew, Sandslash
  • Sandshrew (Alola variant), Sandslash (Alola variant)
  • Oddish, Gloom, Vileplume
  • Mankey, Primeape
  • Growlithe
  • Grimer, Muk
  • Grimer (Alola variant), Muk (Alola variant)
  • Scyther

While players in Let’s Go, Eevee! will encounter:

  • Ekans, Arbok
  • Vulpix, Ninetales
  • Vulpix (Alola variant), Ninetales (Alola variant)
  • Meowth, Meowth (Alola variant)
  • Bellsprout, Weepinbell, Victreebell
  • Koffing, Weezing
  • Pinsir, Mega Pinsir

Poké-fans’ll also notice that we left out Arcanine and Persian (their pre-evolutions are Growlithe and Meowth respectively), as they can be obtained via in-game trading or other means (Pro tip: for Let’s Go, Eevee! players, look for a lady, sitting on a bench in the middle of Vermilion City, who asks trainers to show her five Meowths. Satisfy her feline obsession and she’ll gift you an Arcanine.).

And if you’re wondering if it’ll be worth getting the fiery canine, just take a look at how cool you’ll look riding your own Arcanine around Kanto:

Pokemon Let's Go Ride Arcanine
Image Credit: The Pokémon Company
I Can Ride On Arcanine?!

In addition to having your partner Pokémon (Pikachu or Eevee) riding on your shoulders or cap, you can select any other Pokémon from your party to walk behind and interact with you.

Best of all, all Pokémon will be to scale which means that yes... You can ride larger Pokémon like Arcanine (as shown above), Charizard, Haunter, Rapidash, Snorlax, along say... Route 17, better known as Pokémon Road, and previously known as Cycling Road. Smaller Pokémon like Ninetales will just run after you - still really cool though.

Oh, and by the way, bicycles aren't available in Let's Go. But if you travel along Pokémon Road, you'll still be able to hear the same ol' familiar cycling music that we all love and recognise.

 

(Writer’s note: Personally, I like Vulpix and Ninetales. And have you seen Alolan Vulpix?)

Pokemon Let's Go Alolan Vulpix
Image Credit: The Pokémon Company

  1. Exclusive Partner Attacks

As you travel through Kanto, you’ll meet move tutors in the various Pokémon Centers. Yep, it’s the character dressed as a circus ringmaster:

Pokemon Let's Go Move Tutor
Image Credit: The Pokémon Company

These NPCs will teach your partner Pokémon, exclusive partner attacks. These attacks generally have a high attack powerunique secondary effects, and introduces element moves not usually available to the Pokémon in question eg. Pikachu will be able to learn a water type move. Also, expanding your partner’s elemental moveset is critical because your partner Pokémon will not be able to evolve. Meaning your partner Eevee cannot take on any of its Eeveelutions, so this is the only way it’ll learn an elemental attack.

Pikachu has a handful of exclusive attacks available, namely:

  • Floaty Fall (flying)
  • Pika Papow (electric: The more Pikachu loves its trainer, the more powerful this move gets. Like Swift, it never misses.)
  • Splishy Splash (water)
  • Zippy Zap (electric)

While Eevee is able to learn attacks based on its potential Eeveelutions:

  • Baddy Bad (dark)
  • Bouncy Bubble (water)
  • Buzzy Buzz (electric)
  • Freezy Frost (ice)
  • Glitzy Glow (psychic)
  • Sappy Seed (grass)
  • Sizzly Slide (fire)
  • Sparkly Swirl (fairy)
  • Veevee Volley (normal: Similar to Pika Papow.)

Overall, it looks like Eevee has a more varied and interesting partner exclusive move lineup than Pikachu.


  1. Getting Both Eevee And Pikachu

Playing either edition doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to get Pikachu, and vice versa. It’s just that Let’s Go, Eevee players can catch wild Pikachus as early as Viridian City.

Fans of the O.G. Game Boy games will remember that Eevee cannot be caught in the wild and the only way to get one is in a mansion in Celadon City. And that’s pretty late into the game…

Pikachu Sad
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Let’s Go, Pikachu players. Don’t despair.

Wild Eevee can be found on Route 17 and they’re a relatively common spawn. But in order to reach Route 17, you need to:

  • Earn four gym badges
  • Obtain the Silph Scope
  • Complete Pokémon Tower in Lavender Town
  • Get the Poké Flute
  • Wake up and catch Snorlax

Only then can you access Route 17. It’ll take you a while to be able to catch a wild Eevee, but you’ll definitely get one, or more – depending on how much you love Eevees. Alternatively, trade for one with someone else, or transfer one over from Pokémon Go.

So if you absolutely need to field your team with an Eevee from the beginning, you now know which edition to get.


I Choose You! Er…

Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu vs Eevee

It’s hard to shout decisively as Ash does when it comes to choosing an edition to play. (Writer’s note: If you can’t already tell, I’m slightly biased towards Let’s Go, Eevee!)

Whichever edition you choose, Pokémon: Let’s Go promises to be a great trip down memory lane for players whose first Pokémon adventure started with the original 151 critters. It’s also a good bridge for new players who wish to experience the magic of the original Pokémon RPG, updated with elements from games that they’re currently playing.


BFCM Giveaway: Win A Nintendo Switch!!!

So you’ve decided that you’re definitely going to play Pokémon: Let’s Go. Well, here’s a bit of good news! We’re giving away a Pokémon: Let’s Go themed Nintendo Switch bundle as part of our BFCM Giveaway!

BFCM Giveaway Marketplace

All you have to do is spend more than $300 at either one or more merchants listed above. Meaning if you spend a total of $305 on AliExpress and Qoo10, you qualify for a chance to win the Nintendo Switch prize. Here’s what it looks like in the dock:

Nintendo Switch Pokemon Let's Go Version In Dock
Image Credit: Nintendo | The Pokémon Company

Here’s the back of the Switch:

Nintendo Switch Pokemon Let's Go Version Back
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And here’re the controllers (you can see that one is Eevee themed, and the other is in Pikachu’s colours):

Nintendo Switch Pokemon Let's Go Version Controllers
Image Credit: Nintendo | The Pokémon Company

(Writer’s note: I need this in my home. NOW.)

It’ll probably be easy to hit this amount because there are just so many deals and discounts available during this Black Friday Cyber Monday sales. And if you’re already buying the bundle or are treating yourself to a much deserved year-end holiday, your purchases just might qualify you to win other prizes like an Apple iPad Pro or a Rimowa Original Check In M luggage.


Which Pokémon Let’s Go edition are you planning to get? Let us know in the comments below!

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