The Nintendo Switch is going from zero Pokémon games to two, which is the welcome news that was announced at the Pokémon Video Game Press Conference in Tokyo. One, a free-to-play game that was released immediately, is called Pokémon Quest, while a forthcoming pair of games titled Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! will blend the game’s traditional RPG elements with some features from the hit Pokémon Go.
Pokémon Quest is set on Tumblecube Island, a blocky, Minecraft-esque world where the skills and abilities of Pokémon (known in this game as Pokéxel) are manipulable by Power Stones.
This game isn’t based on a trainer controlling all the actions of their Pokémon team, but rather a group of three Pokémon fighting others as in the franchise’s Mystery Dungeon series. There’s also a home base feature similar to that added in the Ruby and Sapphire games. Game Freak is pushing the simple touch controls for the game, which makes it seem angled toward a younger crowd than even the original games in the series.
While Pokémon Quest is free to download and play at first, there are incentives to spend money. There are three kinds of mission expansions that sell for $5 to $18 and the ability to buy extra Power Stones for $3 each. As you might imagine with these purchasable items, the game will be ported to mobile devices in late June.
We’ll have to wait until Nov. 16 to get to the other two, however. Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! are the more “canon” games coming to the Switch, and are set in the original region of Kanto. They will utilize a new Joy-Con controller called the PokéBall Plus that can connect to Pokémon Go. The controller allows transfer of Pokémon between games and simulates the throwing of a PokéBall in the Let’s Go games.
Watch the trailer:
The games, while appearing more traditional than Quest, allow couch co-op with either player having one Switch controller — a first for the series — and the ability to take the Pokémon you catch out on walks with the PokéBall Plus controller. And, at the end of the trailer, a new, never-before-seen Pokémon is teased for would-be players:
Guess we’re all getting back into Pokémon Go.