A recent Pokémon conference took place in Japan, detailing several new titles fans of the series can look forward to.


The long-rumored Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! were the biggest announcement made in the conference. Set in the series’ original Kanto region with the iconic 151 Pokémon, both Let’s Go installments are an accessible gateway into the RPG series. Starting with either Pikachu or Eevee as your partner, you’ll travel across the land, encountering wild Pokémon and Pokémon Trainers.

In a diversion from the series, wild Pokémon are not stumbled upon randomly. You don’t battle them either; instead, you simply toss the Poké Ball as you would in Pokémon GO. And given the nature of the games, Pokémon GO compatibility is included as a new feature. You’ll be able to transfer your catches from the mobile title into Let’s Go, bringing your pets onto the Switch. Moreover, the Poké Ball Plus accessory will work with both Switch entries and Pokémon GO, letting you bring one of your pets “along for a stroll in the real world.”

Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Eevee! will launch along with their Poké Ball-themed accessory on Nov. 16. Pokémon Quest, a free-to-play spin-off, was also announced and subsequently released for the Switch, with a mobile version coming later. Finally, it was confirmed Game Freak is continuing to develop the next mainline Pokémon installments, which are slated for release in the second half of 2019.

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