'Pokémon Let's Go' Will Use Nintendo Switch Online Service

There's still a lot of specifics regarding Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee that weren't addressed during the Tokyo press conference. Chief among them are the Nintendo Switch titles' online capabilities.

While tidbits of how online features will be used in Pokémon Let's Go were released, the information was muddy at best. Famitsu received clarification from The Pokémon Company and according to the Japanese gaming outlet, via Serebii, Pokémon Let's Go will have online battling and trading. It will use the upcoming Nintendo Switch Online Service and trainers will need a subscription to utilize online features.

It was also revealed that online features found in past Pokémon games like the Global Trade System, Wonder Trade and Battle Spot will not be available in Pokémon Let's Go . The Pokémon Company also stated that the online aspects of Let's Go will be easier to use.

Simplification is the theme of Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee as TPC and Game Freak try and bring in a younger and newer audience for the 22-year-old franchise. The catching mechanics of the upcoming Switch games will be similar to Pokémon Go .

Trainer battles will still be turn-based, but raising and leveling up Pokémon will change when the Switch titles are released later this year, though the details aren't clear. TPC CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara told IGN the goal was to make everything easier for new players to learn.

As for Nintendo Switch Online, the subscription service will release sometime in September and will come with the following price points.

  • One month: $3.99
  • Three months: $7.99
  • 12 months: $19.99
  • Family membership (12 months): $34.99

The subscription service will also give Switch owners access to over 20 classic NES games at launch with new titles being added periodically. Nintendo Switch Online will also backup save files using a cloud system so players will be able to transfer save data.

Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Pokémon Let's Go Eevee will release Nov. 16.

Are you happy some online features will be missing from Pokémon Let's Go ? What do you think of the Nintendo online subscription service? Let us know in the comments section below.