Nintendo blends new and old with latest game

Remakes typically rehash the old, not bringing many new qualities to the table. However, the latest Pokémon game goes beyond this, bringing new features and a new plot.

Nintendo Switch games “Pokémon: Let’s Go Eevee” and “Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu” is set in Kanto, the same place as the original games Pokémon Red and Blue. Only first generation Pokémon are available aside from their Alolan forms, which can also be acquired.

Many elements of gameplay are new, however. The biggest change is that wild Pokémon are not battled - instead the player must attempt to catch them with PokéBalls.

Catching Pokémon goes by the same rules as in Pokémon Go, with Pokémon being different levels of difficulty, distance, and movement. To throw, the player makes a tossing motion with their controller after pressing ‘a’ to certify that the controller is ready.

This step is actually vital, as this sets the default position of the ball and so determines the throw’s angle. Since the Switch does not detect motion, the actual direction the player moves the controller does not matter.

Due to this, it requires some experimentation to figure out exactly how to angle the ball, as this is not explained in-game.

Overall, though, this feature provides excellent variety from previous games and is a cure for monotony. Previous games often made catching and battling Pokémon into a chore.

Depending on the purchase package, players can use a use a PokéBall Plus accessory as a controller. Despite only having one button and a joy stick, it is able to play through all elements of the game.

The graphics are superb, which is vital for the first Pokémon main series game on a console. Both in battles and in the overworld, the game is well-suited for both big and small screens.

In the overworld, every Pokémon has its own animations and sizing, with the player able to have one party Pokémon follow them. Wild Pokémon appear in the overworld rather than just randomly appearing when the player walks through tall grass.

This is helpful when players want to catch specific Pokémon, and makes combos far easier. Plus, it makes hunting Pokémon far less boring.

It is also the first Pokémon game to allow local multiplayer within one game. A second player can join and assist with catching Pokémon and battling, but is otherwise limited in capabilities.

With a plethora of new features, the “Pokémon: Let’s Go” games offer a perfect blend of the old and the new.

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