In a few short days from today, Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee will be released exclusively to the Nintendo Switch. As a tradition in Pokemon games, two titles with key differences will be launched together on release day, which leaves players with a choice on which version to get unless of course, they decide to get both.
Pikachu vs. Eevee
The decision on which version of Pokemon Let’s Go to purchase will primarily depend on whether the player wants to begin their adventure with either Pikachu or Eevee. Of course, both creatures are excellent starters, but it all boils down to personal preference as both will possess its own strengths and weaknesses. While Pikachu seems to be a more popular Pokemon given that it served as the franchise’s official mascot, Eevee’s stardom is not far behind.
Which Version has the Better Exclusive Pokemon?
Another factor that players may consider will be the exclusive Pokemon that will be present in each game. Since director Junichi Masuda describes Pokemon Let’s Go as a remake of the original Pokemon Yellow, it will remain faithful to the initial Gen 1 split. Below is the list of exclusive Pokemon for each title:
Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu:
Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee:
Pokemon Let’s Go will also allow players to import creatures from Pokemon GO, so exclusivity is not at all that important unlike in previous games. Moreover, trading creatures between two players will also be available via Wi-Fi, but it is worth remembering that an active subscription to Nintendo Switch Online is required to access that feature.
As seen in a trailer released last month, each version of Pokemon Let’s Go will provide players a different way to travel depending on the starter Pokemon they have. For example, players with Pikachu will be given a surfboard, allowing them to sail on water. Eevee, on the other hand, will be able to cut through the famous small trees that have been an obstacle in previous games and can use a balloon bicycle to fly around.
Moreover, each Pokemon will have a special move such as Pikachu’s Splishy Splash, which will serve as its second water-type move, and Eevee’s Bouncey Bubble, Buzzy Buzz, and Sizzly slide, one move for each Eeveelution.
What’s New in Pokemon Let’s Go?
One of the best parts about the upcoming Pokemon Let’s Go games is that players will be able to obtain the starter Pokemon they dismissed, which means that those who own Let’s Go Eevee, can still capture Pikachu in the game, and vice versa. Pokemon Let’s Go will also introduce a new mechanic in the way players can catch a Pokemon. Instead of the traditional turn-based mechanic in previous entries, Pokemon Let’s Go takes a page from Pokemon GO and will allow players to catch a creature by using the Switch’s Joy-Cons to “throw” a Poke Ball. A two-player co-op will also be available that allows a second player to join in the game and assist the first player by taking control of the second Joy-Con controller.
As to what will remain the same, battles between NPCs and other players will remain faithful to the turn-based system of the original game and characters such as Professor Oak, Misty, Brock, Lieutenant Surge, and the infamous Jessie and James from Team Rocket will be making appearances in the game.
Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee will release on November 16, exclusively on the Nintendo Switch.