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Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!

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7 minutes ago, Happenstance said:

Fuckin nerds.....

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That's "Super Nerd" to you.

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People really should have changed their expectations when the Go branding was leaked; you can blame no one for your disappointment but yourselves :laughing:  It was clear that this was going to be something different at that point.  I think it looks a great entry/re-entry point to the Pokemon series; it's (perhaps) not aimed at the current Pokefans, but the Go audience of casual and lapsed players and plays to the strengths of that.  That's a good thing, Go has invigorated the brand and there's lots of people who might welcome a casual experience on a home console.  

Year after year I have said i'll get the next Pokemon and never do.  So i'll say it again, i''m going to buy this.

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26 minutes ago, david.dakota said:

People really should have changed their expectations when the Go branding was leaked; you can blame no one for your disappointment but yourselves :laughing:  It was clear that this was going to be something different at that point.  I think it looks a great entry/re-entry point to the Pokemon series; it's (perhaps) not aimed at the current Pokefans, but the Go audience of casual and lapsed players and plays to the strengths of that.  That's a good thing, Go has invigorated the brand and there's lots of people who might welcome a casual experience on a home console.  

Year after year I have said i'll get the next Pokemon and never do.  So i'll say it again, i''m going to buy this.

Well said. I find it really weird that some people online can be so angry about this game existing.

Anyway, I'm the most casual Pokemon player there is, zero interest in Sun/Moon etc, and I'm in 100% in for this game, so it's obviously doing something right!

Also the visuals look a lot better than I was expecting tbh

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1 hour ago, Ronnie said:

Also the visuals look a lot better than I was expecting tbh

And best of all the performance also looks good, which is something that Game Freak have been really struggling with for quite a while.

I actually like how this is trying to simplify stuff and cutting down on the ridiculous number of Pokémon there are in the newer titles. Still not sure if this’ll get me back into Pokémon, but will be keeping an eye on it.

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Just to clarify, I'm not raging at GF for making this GO inspired...this is a genius move, especially announcing this in Pokemon GO.

I'm just startled at the lack of online which has always been the biggest draw for me...ah well I guess the 2019 game will be that.

What team are you guys on? Pikachu or Eevee?

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5 hours ago, Hero-of-Time said:

There seems to be some confusion in regards to the online. Kallie has said this just tweeted this.

It seems it has online after all! This may, well, let's not go that far, it might make me get a copy after all.

4 hours ago, Julius Caesar said:

@Sméagol (or a mod), might be a good idea to copy these tweets from my comment earlier this morning into the original post? It’s got everything that we officially know about the games. 

Might be a good idea to add the release date (November 16th), too :) 

I'll add the twits tomorrow. I'm not awake yet, and I'm leaving in a minute. The releasedate is already there dumbass! :p

 

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1 hour ago, RedShell said:

And best of all the performance also looks good, which is something that Game Freak have been really struggling with for quite a while.

I actually like how this is trying to simplify stuff and cutting down on the ridiculous number of Pokémon there are in the newer titles. Still not sure if this’ll get me back into Pokémon, but will be keeping an eye on it.

Agreed. The HD chibi-esque style is perfect and timeless.

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4 minutes ago, King_V said:

Just to clarify, I'm not raging at GF for making this GO inspired...this is a genius move, especially announcing this in Pokemon GO.

I'm just startled at the lack of online which has always been the biggest draw for me...ah well I guess the 2019 game will be that.

What team are you guys on? Pikachu or Eevee?

Apparently the lack of online was a mis-translation and it is indeed online, so you can rest easy!

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13 minutes ago, Ronnie said:

Apparently the lack of online was a mis-translation and it is indeed online, so you can rest easy!

In that case, I'm happy. Thought it to be strange if it were true. Second half of work will be listening to everyone's reaction ::)

This is the golden age of nintendo home console gaming...now, all I need to do is stay alive.

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I think they meant the 2 player coop mode is only local, not online. Makes more sense to me.

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Good to know that it's a casual-friendly version of Pokemon Yellow to introduce both young children and PoGo trainers to the Lite version of core RPG game. The Graphic look great even if I can't expect GameFreak to make it more BoTW since they don't have that skill and they reintroduced the popular features like pokemon follows you, cosplay Pikachu and pokerides replaces HM moves from SuMo. Also the game are limited to Kanto region and 151 plus alolan form and one new pokemon. 

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I'm on the fence, but mostly because I'm waiting to hear more. It's been a while since I really got far in a Pokémon game and battling is a nice way to bond, but if there's enough battles otherwise maybe it wouldn't be too bad. 

That Pokéball though. Want. I doubt it's going to purr when you pet it, but I hope it does. 

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4 hours ago, Ashley said:

I'm on the fence, but mostly because I'm waiting to hear more. It's been a while since I really got far in a Pokémon game and battling is a nice way to bond, but if there's enough battles otherwise maybe it wouldn't be too bad. 

That Pokéball though. Want. I doubt it's going to purr when you pet it, but I hope it does. 

This is kind of how i feel, i may buy Pikachu just for the nostalgia of the first time i played Yellow. Its intriguing, i'll give it that

The only issue i had was when the obviously 30 something woman, meeting friends in a wine bar/cafe pulled the pokeball out of her bag, that will NEVER happen, advertise it like it will be kids and big kids

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In fairness my colleague who is older than that still wears her Pokémon Go doodad

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3 minutes ago, Ashley said:

In fairness my colleague who is older than that still wears her Pokémon Go doodad

Yep, I also know quite a few parents who also have that accessory.

Some of the kids at the community centre get a bit embarrassed by it.

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I think Arlo sums it up pretty nicely.

At least on a basic level, this is a decent business move for Nintendo and Game Freak...

...however, personally I wouldn't like to see the simplifying of everything the series has built up when it comes to the main games.

There's room for both, different audiences for these games, perhaps these titles might bring Go players over to these games and then the mainline games.

Anyway, it's Pokémon on the Switch, which is definitely good for the system.

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The Q&A session has been translated and officially released.

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If Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! are based onPokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition, will they have only the original 151 Pokémon? For example, will it not include more than the three original evolutions of Eevee?

Mr. Masuda: In general, it’s the original 151, but as we just showed with Alolan Exeggutor, some of the Alolan variants will also appear.

With Pokémon appearing on the field and the catching gameplay being more similar to Pokémon GO, does that mean there are not any wild Pokémon battles?

Mr. Masuda: With these games, we’re really focused on clicking the Joy-Con to throw the Poké Balls to catch Pokémon. We decided to get rid of the wild Pokémon battles to catch them, but we still have Trainer battles with a variety of difficulty where you use your Pokémon in battle.

When you were choosing the Pokémon for the two titles, why did you choose Eevee as the other Pokémon along with Pikachu?

Mr. Masuda: One of the reasons for that is that in Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition, you start with Pikachu, and your rival begins with Eevee. So there’s that element. But really, over the years, I’ve been overwhelmed by the passion that fans have had for the character, including tons of fan art. I’ve always really loved the cuteness of Eevee.

And one thing that I didn’t know until recently is that fans have unofficially dedicated November 21 as Eevee’s special day. There’s a way to pronounce that date in Japanese that sounds like “Eevee.” It just seems like over the years, fans’ reaction and passion for Eevee really made me think that it was a popular enough Pokémon to serve as a counterpart to Pikachu.

How does the connection between Pokémon GO and the two Switch games work?

Mr. Ohmori: The games use Bluetooth LE to connect directly to each other.

At the end of the video introducing Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! andPokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, there was some text that says you’ll meet a special Pokémon, and I’m just wondering if that means something different than the Alolan Exeggutor you just talked about?

Mr. Ishihara: You were really paying attention to the details! I can say that the video is referring to an all-new Pokémon that will be appearing in Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!

Will you be able to trade and battle with other players in Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! via local wireless connection?

Mr. Masuda: These games will definitely have the wireless trading and battle features that have existed in Pokémon games up to now. You will, of course, need two Nintendo Switch consoles to do that kind of gameplay.

Now that these games are on Nintendo Switch, it’s possible for multiple accounts to use the same device. Can multiple people play the same game? Or will it be similar to the handheld games where you can have only one player per game?

Mr. Ohmori: You can have multiple accounts on the Nintendo Switch, so each account can have its own save file. For example, if you have siblings they can play on their own accounts.

Nintendo has recently announced that the company will begin its online gaming service this September. Will Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! andPokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! use this service?

Mr. Ishihara: We don’t have any plans to use this online service right now.

With the 2019 game that you also mentioned, will these be an upgraded version of Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!—similar to Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon—or something different?

Mr. Ishihara: They’ll actually be different games as all-new Pokémon series entries, kind of like how Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, and then Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, were new games within the main series.

Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! are coming to Nintendo Switch, as opposed to dedicated handheld game systems [that typically host Pokémon RPGs]. Nintendo Switch is seen more as a home console; what drove you toward the decision to develop on this new system?

Mr. Ishihara: At Pokémon, we really view Nintendo Switch as more of a combination of a handheld and home console system. It has the features of both, and we hope to take what was good with the handheld system and expand on it. That’s why we’re excited to bring the games to Nintendo Switch.

You just mentioned the games coming out in 2019, and obviously we’re very excited. Is there anything else you can tell us about these new games?

Mr. Ishihara: I can’t really say much more than what we’ve already talked about today. But what I can say is that Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! focus on the home console gameplay experience, but the games next year will focus more on handheld features and gameplay experience.

Obviously, we’ve seen there are many ways to enjoy Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! if you’re a Pokémon GO player. Are there incentives for Pokémon GO players who don’t have a Nintendo Switch to go out and pick one up to play these games?

Mr. Masuda: I think one of things that will be a lot of fun is for kids who might not be able to play Pokémon GO on their own. Maybe they don’t have their own smartphone—they can play with their parents or older sibling, but they’re not able to play on their own. So perhaps players who are playing Pokémon GO can catch Pokémon and send them over to Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! The kids can then raise those Pokémon on their own and get a variety of Pokémon that way.

I can also say that we have some ideas that will benefit Pokémon GO players who are interested in Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! and vice versa. So if you’re playing both, there will be good things that happen in both games.

In Pokémon Quest, will you be able to share game data between the Nintendo Switch version and the smartphone version?

Mr. Ishihara: There’s no shared data between the two versions. They’re entirely separate titles so there’s no sharing between the two.

Will Pokémon Quest require an active Internet connection to play at all times?

Mr. Ishihara: An Internet connection is not required to play either version of the game.

This kind of follows on the earlier question about how Nintendo Switch overlaps between a handheld and home console device. What is it that you found appealing about developing for the platform? And will the games going out in 2019 take advantage of the functionality available on Nintendo Switch?

Mr. Ishihara: It’s kind of an open secret from talks with games media, and I have to apologize to Nintendo, but at the time I was definitely skeptical about whether Nintendo Switch would be successful. But really thanks to amazing games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of Wild that drove hardware sales, I really felt Nintendo Switch was a good platform.

But of course, since Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! are coming out this year, that means we’ve been working on them for a little while now. So we definitely had this feeling that we would be able to help drive this platform and increase its sales. So there’s that aspect that made us work harder to succeed.

We also saw this as an opportunity to make a Pokémon RPG for everyone, and provide another Pokémon game for those who started with Pokémon GO looking for somewhere to continue their adventure. We looked at this as a really interesting challenge to put Pokémon on a home console and see what we could do with the experience.

Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! represent our take on what the home console experience will be. I think you’ll see with games coming out in 2019, we’ve seen how people use Nintendo Switch as a handheld device and we want to see what our take on the Pokémon handheld experience on Nintendo Switch will be.

Does that mean that you’ve been developing these games since before Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017?

Mr. Ishihara: Yes, of course. Game development does take quite while!

We saw that the Poké Ball Plus lights up and makes sounds. What are your future plans for this device? Do you have plans to use it in other ways?

Mr. Masuda: The Poké Ball Plus development really started after the Pokémon GO Plus came out. We started thinking about what the best Pokémon accessory would look like and feel like. We began talking with Nintendo’s hardware team, and they came up with the idea of creating the ultimate Poké Ball for players to have, and then we started talking about what that actually means. Of course, in the ultimate Poké Ball you would have to have Pokémon that go inside it. That’s kind of how we got started.

Being the ultimate device for Pokémon games, I do think we’ve shown some of the versatility of it in that you can use it with both Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! as a controller, and also as a Pokémon GO Plus with Pokémon GO.

And, of course, we’ve mentioned that you can put a Pokémon from your game into the Poké Ball Plus and walk around with it. There are some cool things that will happen, but I can’t say more about them today.

 

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Surprised to see that it’s exempt from the Switch Online subscription.  Would’ve thought that Nintendo would use it to push their paid service...

 

Also... No more single save files!! Well it’s about time!

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And one thing that I didn’t know until recently is that fans have unofficially dedicated November 21 as Eevee’s special day. There’s a way to pronounce that date in Japanese that sounds like “Eevee.” It just seems like over the years, fans’ reaction and passion for Eevee really made me think that it was a popular enough Pokémon to serve as a counterpart to Pikachu.

I'll be sure to tell my brother his birthday is the unofficial Eevee special day.  I'm sure he'll be delighted.

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How does the connection between Pokémon GO and the two Switch games work?

Mr. Ohmori: The games use Bluetooth LE to connect directly to each other.

Yes, this is what we wanted to know.  The technical details :p 

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7 hours ago, Dcubed said:

Surprised to see that it’s exempt from the Switch Online subscription.  Would’ve thought that Nintendo would use it to push their paid service...

 

Also... No more single save files!! Well it’s about time!

Maybe I'm missing something, but it doesn't actually say anything about any online capabilities.

7 hours ago, Hero-of-Time said:

Will you be able to trade and battle with other players in Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! via local wireless connection?

Mr. Masuda: These games will definitely have the wireless trading and battle features that have existed in Pokémon games up to now. You will, of course, need two Nintendo Switch consoles to do that kind of gameplay.

That's just local wireless, isn't it? The question asker specifically asked about local wireless features. I don't think that confirms online features one bit. Especially seeing how they said they don't plan to use the Switch's online service yet.

Yes, it's nice to have multiple save files... For a game that neither of us actually want. Monkey's paw strikes again!

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9 hours ago, Hero-of-Time said:

In Pokémon Quest, will you be able to share game data between the Nintendo Switch version and the smartphone version?

Mr. Ishihara: There’s no shared data between the two versions. They’re entirely separate titles so there’s no sharing between the two.

That’s annoying. :hmm: 

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23 hours ago, Dcubed said:

Surprised to see that it’s exempt from the Switch Online subscription.  Would’ve thought that Nintendo would use it to push their paid service...

It looks like this isn't the case after all. Apparently Famitsu have contacted TPC about the comments made about the paid service and TPC said that you will need to join Nintendo's online service to use online functions. Makes sense, if true. I don't think any game that requires people to pay for it should be free of the service.

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News about the the Let's Go games' online connectivity was a bit muddled; originally it had been announced the game would not utilize Nintendo Switch's online service, leading some to believe the game would be offline-only. At a Q&A session after the conference, however, designer Junichi Masuda said the game would feature both local and Wi-fi play.

We've now received clarification from The Pokémon Company regarding the Let's Go games' online situation. In a statement to Game Informer, the company said both games will have online capabilities, but they'll be limited compared to previous Pokémon games. Players will only be able to battle and trade Pokémon with their friends. "There is no GTS, Wonder Trade, or Battle Spot (Rating Battle, Free Battle, and Online Competition, etc.)," the company said. Players will also need to sign up for a Nintendo Switch Online subscription to access them.

The Pokémon Company also said it would provide additional details at a later date.

Source.

Gameinformer confirming that online trading and battling will be limited to friends only.

Gen 4 online capabilities GO!

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