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Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu! will have a brand new Pokemon

Published: 11:15, 31 May 2018
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Poke Ball controller for Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu!
Poke Ball controller

Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! are coming to the Switch on 16 November 2018 and the developers kicked up some serious dust by announcing that the game's arrival on Nintendo's platform will include a brand new Pokemon.

Indeed, the end of Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! trailer has a gift box saying "you'll meet a special Pokemon". Unfortunately, there's very little to go by at the moment, although there's a rumour going round that Pokemon Direct will be held today, 31 May 2018. If that's the case, we'll be sure to update this piece.

What we do know is that both Pikachu and Eevee flavoured Pokemon games will come with Poke Ball Plus accessory. If it rings a bell it's probably because it's modelled after the Pokemon Plus bracelet sold with Pokemon GO.

Poke Ball Plus is not only a motion controller, as it lights up and even vibrates, indicating Pokemon movement inside. Once you catch your pray in Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu!, the controller will play the crying of that specific Pokemon.

The game returns to the Kanto region and although the developer in question is Game Freak, the company behind Pokemon's core RPG titles, Let's Go, Pikachu! will lean more towards Pokemon GO. In fact, the devs say they drew inspiration from Pokemon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition and implemented Pokemon Go's "intuitive Pokemon-catching mechanic"

The difference between Pokemon: Let's go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! editions is cosmetic for the most part, although your choice will affect the type and frequency of the species you encounter along the way. Pikachu or Eeevee will be right there on your shoulder and it's fair to assume there will be plenty of cosmetic options, whomever you choose.

Game Freak Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and smartphone communication Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu!

The Switch version allows for simultaneous co-op play as well, with each player taking a controller and either hunting Pokemon or fighting other Trainers. Syncing your Pokemon GO to Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! on the Switch is as easy as setting up a Bluetooth link, although it doesn't work the other way around.

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