E3: Nintendo Gives New Pokémon: Let’s Go and Poké Ball Plus Details

The return to Kanto keeps looking better!

By Marc Deschamps. Posted 06/12/2018 08:15 Comment on this     ShareThis

In addition to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! also received a large focus following Nintendo’s E3 presentation. Despite the familiarity of Kanto amongst Pokémon fans, it appears Game Freak has made some big changes to make the return all the more interesting.

As previously reported, Pikachu and Eevee ride on the player’s back or head, but a second Pokémon can also follow their trainer around as they did in Pokémon Heart Gold and Soul Silver. This time around, however, the developers have made the feature much more intricate. While a smaller Pokémon like Charmander will simply follow behind, selecting Onix will allow the trainer to ride on top of the giant rock snake Pokémon!

Co-op is a new addition to the Pokémon franchise, and it can make the game easier for younger players. The entire game can be played using a single Joy-Con controller, and a shake of a Joy-Con will allow a secondary trainer to join the game. For less experienced players, a second trainer certainly helps make trainer battles a bit easier. The second trainer can send out one of the other party Pokémon, essentially making battles two-on-one, another first for the series.

As many Pokémon fans had presumed, Go Park replaces Kanto’s Safari Zone in the game, and it allows Pokémon Go players to transfer their Pokémon into the game. Any Go player can send Pokémon over to any copy of Pokémon: Let’s Go, with no apparent limit on doing so. Go players will not be able to transfer back, but they will receive candy in the smart phone game as a bonus.

Lots of other small details emerged throughout Nintendo’s Treehouse showing. The games feature a new rival, while fans of the anime and Pokémon Yellow will be happy to see Chansey alongside Nurse Joy in the Pokémon Center once again.

Finally, Nintendo also revealed more information on the Poké Ball Plus, as well. Players don’t have to purchase the accessory to play Pokémon: Let’s Go, but there is a nice extra incentive for those who do decide to purchase the controller: the rare Pokémon Mew as an in-game bonus! The Poké Ball Plus can be purchased separately or as part of a bundle alongside the game. No price point has been given for the bundle at this time.

Source: E3

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