How 'Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee' Will Bring Generations Together

Junichi Masuda is a long-time veteran of the Pokémon series, serving as a designer, composer, producer and director. On May 30, after the Pokémon Company revealed its plans for three games arriving over the next year and a half, Masuda spoke at a Q&A where he revealed more about the company's plans.

Smartphone and Switch connectivity is a simple Bluetooth connection. "On the Switch there's a connect button, you press the button on it, and then in Pokémon Go on your smartphone you press the connect button," said Masuda.

As for what the point of the connection is, Masuda explained that you can send Pokémon from Pokémon Go to Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee into a safari park-esque area where you can not only see the Pokémon moving around but you can actually interact with them and catch them. There will also be incentives for players to move many of the same Pokémon from Go over to Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee, finally giving us something new to do with common neighborhood Pokémon.

John Hanke, CEO of Niantic, said, "When trainers connect their Go and Switch accounts, they'll be able to do more than just transfer Pokémon, but we want to save some surprises.

Different Pokémon will appear in Pikachu and Eevee, same as the main series, to encourage trading and Pokédex completion. Though Masuda remained tight-lipped on how Let's Go will reference games of the past, he did say, "They're based on the Pokémon Yellow version." The overworld and game world is true to the Pokémon Yellow games, and the story also sticks to the beats of Pokémon Yellow as well.

"[W]ith the games being released 20 years ago, I kind of imagined that maybe some parents who played Yellow version when they were kids, will now have kids of their own and they can kind of remember that adventure and maybe give some hints or tips to their kids that are playing the game," said Masuda.

"Everything about [Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee], from the controls, to the design, the art, is made so that it's ideal to be your first step into [the Pokémon] franchise," said Elvin Gee, marketing manager of The Pokémon Company International.

The Poké Ball Plus, which vibrates and makes sounds, is a novel way players will be able to enjoy the world of Pokémon. "if you put your partner Pokémon - so maybe your Pikachu - inside of it, I think maybe there's some extra things that makes it feel as though the Pokémon is really inside the ball," Masuda teased. "If you shake it, it'll actually sound like it's in there, so things like that." There are more ways in which the peripheral will affect gameplay, but Masuda kept mum on those.

For more details on gameplay changes and the influence of Pokémon Yellow, make sure to check out our run-down. Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee will release on Nov. 16.

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