Video Game Preview: “Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee”

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The latest games in the long-running “Pokémon” series are coming to the Nintendo Switch this November with “Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee.” While the eighth generation of the series may still be in development for release in 2019, these games still look to be an interesting diversion for longtime fans and a solid entry point for new ones.

The games are a remake of the original “Pokémon Yellow” on Gameboy. While there are many changes from the classic title, the core concept largely remains the same: you are tasked by Professor Oak to travel around the Kanto region to capture as many Pokémon as you can, battling other trainers along the way.

With numerous advances in technology that have been made since the original release of “Pokémon Yellow” in the US since 1998, the games will take full advantage of hybrid console design of the Switch. The games will also be compatible with the massively successful mobile game “Pokémon Go,” with certain content being integrated between the games. The graphics also sport a colorful, friendly visual style that combines modern artwork with a recognizable flair that’s been part of the series since the beginning.

Though the hype behind the title is unusually quiet compared to Generation VIII next year, it’s clear that these games should prove to be a solid success for new and younger players while also retaining the appeal for longtime fans.

While the release of the true eighth generation of “Pokémon” will have to wait until 2019, it will definitely be worth keeping an eye on “Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee” when they release on Nov. 16. Gotta catch it on the Switch!

At a Glance:

Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee
Publisher: Nintendo/The Pokémon Company
Developer: Game Freak
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: November 16

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