Nintendo plans to capture the magic of the most addictive game, Pokémon Go, to provide smartphone and console interlinked gaming experience. On Wednesday, the company announced that it will unveil two role-playing games, Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon Let’s Go, Eevee! However, to experience the RPGs, gamers will have to wait till November. Although the titles may seem similar to the original gaming series, these RPGs will reboot the series as it includes couch co-op, mobile integration, and big-screen play.
The Let’s Go series is supposed to offer more friendly experience of role-playing to new gamers and youngsters, who do not own a smartphone. In Nintendo’s game, gamers will be able to see the Pokémon on a map and can choose their partners. It will also offer drop-in co-op, which will enable a friend to jump anytime to help in a battle or to catch a difficult Pokémon. Junichi Masuda, the director of the parent company of Pokémon Go, Game Freak, stated, “With these games we want to introduce never seen before playstyle and a more simplified gaming experience compared to the traditional series.” The gaming arena will be the Kanto region, hometown of 151 Pokémon, and players will have Pikachu or Eevee as their titular partner, who prefer to sit on shoulder than in their Pokéballs. However, the new RPGs will retain the basic features of Pokémon Go such as ability to catch Pokémon with Switch remote. Moreover, you can transfer the collected Pokémon from Pokémon Go to Let’s Go via Bluetooth connection (not the other way around). Some believe that the Pokémon Go Plus will be reimagined as the Pokéballs Plus, which combines both the current version of Pokémon Go and Joy-Con for Switch players. Game Freaks also stated that there will be a crossover between the two games including “something unique connection appealing for trainers”. However, the details are unknown.
The essence of the success of the Pokémon Go was the nostalgia of 90’s kids and the game somewhat fulfilled the childhood wish to become a Pokémon trainer. The Let’s Go series will use these factors and reintroduce the 151 original fictional creatures. With the help of Switch and playing on big screen, the game can provide real-life experience. Switch provides motion controls as by flicking the remote, it can mimic the actions to catch a Pokémon, and the multiplayer option can boost the popularity of the game. However, it will release in November, and if one doesn’t want to wait till the release, Nintendo launched a whole new Pokémon game–free to download on Nintendo– this Wednesday, Pokémon Quest.
Pokémon Quest takes place in an entirely new world of Tumblecube Island that is filled with treasure, food, and friendly fights. Trainers can build base camps to attract Pokémon to add in their team, and from there, trainers can fight with monsters. Unlike Pokémon Go, in these game, the players’ actions are limited to tapping while fighting a monster. Since the TV series was so popular and unique, there is no limit to design exceptional arenas, storyline, and battle strategies to entertain the audience. Well, it seems that Game Freaks will continue to keep rolling in money by feeding on our nostalgia.