This weekend at EGX I had the chance to get my hands on the Pokémon Go inspired entry point to the series.
We’ve gone back to Kanto and the demo starts you off exploring in Viridian Forest, which will instantly feel familiar to anyone who played Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow. I could wander around, capture Pokémon and battle some trainers. One feature that really stood out to me was seeing the wild Pokémon walking through the grass. Just like in Pokémon Yellow where we first saw Pikachu follow your character, Let’s Go allows you to have two buddies with you. I had Eevee sit on my head whilst my Charmander followed behind me. In the Pikachu version, they will sit on your shoulder.
Firstly, the game looks really good on the Nintendo Switch. They mix in some old school graphics with the new, with my party Pokémon having the bit art style in the menu. It merges well with this expressive 3D look in the game.
Capturing wild Pokémon uses the mechanics of Pokémon Go. I got to use the Poké Ball Plus, which is the new Poké Ball shaped controller. The Poké Ball Plus can also be used to move around, battle and navigate the menu. It was surprisingly intuitive and felt really natural in my hand. It lights up, rumbles, makes sounds and when you capture Pokémon it plays their cry. You can also use a single Joy-Con for this action of throwing a Poké Ball at your target. I had a slight problem with how simplified capturing Pokémon is, but people like me are not the intended target audience for this. It’s evident they are aiming at Pokémon Go players and the younger generation.
I suspect the full game will keep core fans happy – for now at least. We’ve still got some time before the next main game comes to the Nintendo Switch in 2019. I myself can’t wait to revist Kanto and be the very best, like no one ever was.
Review by:Pokémon Master Chloe
Gamer, NNESAGA Brand Ambassador & Games reporter