New multiplayer Pokemon games are headed for the Nintendo Switch with Pokemon Go cross-compatibility

    
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There are new multiplayer Pokemon games coming to the Nintendo Switch, and just like Pokemon Go, they’ll bring with them motion controls for picking up the eponymous Pokemon. Let’s Go Eevee and Let’s Go Pikachu will both feature similar mechanics for tossing pokeballs and capturing monsters, with several other features inspired by Pokemon Go… and the option to transfer the original 151 Pokemon from your Pokemon Go stable into the game.

Yes, all of that work you did roaming in the park to catch Pidgeys is going to pay off. The titles even are planned to include multiplayer, so just go out and catch every single Pidgey.

The cross-compatibility doesn’t work both ways, but Pokemon Go will still be celebrating by introducing the Alolan Exeggutor variant to the game along with the launch of these titles. This is the first Alolan form added to the game, and it should give you another reason to catch these particular monsters out in the world. Assuming you like giant beasts with three eggs for heads.

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Chris Moss

This is Pokemon Go app for people that don’t want to “Go”. You just sit in your house with a Switch, run your char around, and toss Poke’Balls at wild Pokemon to catch them in game. No online play. You can let only 1 other person team up with you. You can only fight NPC trainers…. Anyone who pays $60 for this, and another $50 for the controller is just insane.

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Danny Smith

I expected a far less constricted Pokemon Colosseum to test out the engine on the new hardware and thats exactly what it looks like we are getting. Neither surprised nor upset me. It will be fun i imagine, but i also could see it suffering longevity wise. But Team Eevee for life yo’

-and real talk? that new secret pokemon is totally going to be Gorochu.

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Is this a catching simulator or is there more to the game? I see a battle but is it all automated or is there classic battling? Do you need pokemon go or is this fully playable without it? Now I see some kind of co-op but do you just team up against trainers or can they team up against your team? Do you both capture the pokemon or does it go to the host or the best capture? Is there multiple saves? If you have two accounts on a switch can you sign in with both of them? Do you level up the pokemon like in Go where you put the other pokemon in a grinder and feed them to your main? Is there a way to play without those abysmal motion controls?

I hope you don’t have garbage mechanics like in Go where you have to quit your job and roam around the city gathering pokeballs just to catch stuff. I don’t have a switch but I was planning on getting one when they put out more games worth buying. Too many questions because when it comes to Nintendo.. they either just do more of the same or do something that is more gimmick than content.

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Danny Smith

classic battling and levelling but no wild battles only trainers like Colosseum and Gale of Darkness on Gamecube. I imagine the trainers will refresh to keep you levelling but catching new pokemon is more like GO where you run around and run into them to initiate a whole new wave of “guy throws wiimote through flatscreen” montages online!

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Sounds alright (save for the motion control)

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Andrew Ross

37:20- Nomura from Niantic says the Alola exeggutor from Gen 7 will be able to go into the Let’s Go games, even though they previously said the Let’s Go games are gen 1 only. Interesting.

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Atryue

They do.

https://pokeballplus.nintendo.com/

Also, if you’re talking about the normal Switch Joycon controllers; those come with detachable wrist straps as well.

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Line

I hoped that those fucking motion controls were dead and buried by now.

Anyway, it looks ridiculously poor for a Switch game, the console can’t do miracles but it’s barely an uprezzed 3DS game and a shoddy “remake” of the old guard.
Maybe we’ll see something more interesting next year. After the trash that was X, Y, Sun and Moon I’m not exactly hopeful.

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Atryue

I need more info before determining if I’ll buy this game or not. I agree with you Tobasco about the random encounters. I would much rather see my prey and go chasing after it than wander in circles around the same patch of grass hoping that this time I’ll finally find that rare spawn …

I’m concerned about the removal of battling when capturing wild Pokemon. At first glance, it seems they’ve streamlined an already mechanically simple game. I hope that other aspects of the game (such as fights with other trainers/gyms?) are improved to compensate. I hope that it’s a great game. But, if it’s too simple it won’t hold my interest very long.

P.S. The more traditional Pokemon game is still set to be released late 2019.
https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/huge-pokemon-news-revealed-in-tokyo/

P.P.S. Has anyone else noticed that the new accessory has an estimated 3 hr battery life? They’re advertising that you can take the ball with you and catch Pokemon on the go. But, 3 hrs ain’t that long.

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Danny Smith

Honestly i find it wierd there is still long grass at all. Maybe something like the old “shaking spot means rare/shiny” is still there, otherwise wouldn’t players just keep zoning in and out till they see a shiny model?

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Tobasco da Gama

All the commenters on the regular gaming sites seem to be mad that this isn’t a “traditional” Pokemon game, but I actually think this idea is pretty clever for melding concepts from both the traditional games and Pokemon Go into a seamless new take on the whole pocket monster catch ’em all thing.

Then again, I’ve always hated random encounters in games, so replacing random wild pokemon battles with the Go-style capture mechanic feels like a huge plus to me no matter what.

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Schmidt.Capela

Being able to mod and cheat away such annoyances is part of the reason I only own hacked consoles. When playing Pokémon on my 3DS I get no random encounters; instead, I press a key combination to instantly trigger a wild encounter.

Thankfully it seems like the Switch will be fully hacked by the time the new main line Pokémon game is released.