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While this was briefly brought up here when the games were announced, I figured that we can have a thread specifically for the games. Plus, there have been a couple of new trailers out recently for the games:




These games are basically a Yellow remake with Pokemon Go features. During the presentation where the games were announced, they were described as a core series title, but they seem much more like their own kind of series as opposed to a main series title, especially when they also emphasized that a game in the style of X/Y and Sun/Moon would come out next year for the Switch.

From what I can tell, the reception of the games have been mixed to say the least and I can understand why. There has been a lot of Kanto nostalgia pandering for the past couple of generations and having another Kanto remake seems like a bit much. If it was a new game set in modern Kanto as opposed to another first generation remake, I think more fans would be interested in these games. I wanted the rumors to be false before the announcement came out, but I'm more in favor of the games now. They're basically a way to attract casual fans, as well as fans of Pokemon Go, to a more core series title, get more people to buy a Switch before the start of the next generation and give Game Freak a chance to test out how to make a game on the Switch. From a technical and financial point of view, it makes sense. While I do think that Kanto is overrated, it does have a wider appeal than other regions do. That's why they went for a Kanto remake instead of a D/P remake that a lot of fans would want now. Thinking about the games that way have made me more interested than I was initially and it also helps that these aren't the start of a new generation.They're more of a bridge between the two generations instead of being a new generation set in Kanto, which makes a lot more sense.

Plus, the trailers have been pretty cool. The graphics look nice and I love that the Pokemon following you feature has returned. You can even ride on an Arcanine, which is just fantastic. I'm also happily surprised that trainer customization is in the games. I thought that wouldn't happen due to this being a remake, but the outfits you can wear with your starter is an adorable feature. The new designs for Brock and Misty look pretty nice and the Team Rocket trio of Jessie, James and Meowth are in the games too. The new rival Trace does look a bit on the bland side, but I don't mind getting a friendly rival. Both Bianca and Hau show that friendly rivals can still be good characters as far as I'm concerned. Plus, I never liked Blue as a rival. He was a jerk and while that made you want to beat him, he was much more of an annoying jerk. At least Silver was an interesting jerk. Still, I'm hopeful that he'll be at least likable instead of just boring. It still looks fun and there's something nice about the Japanese commercial. I think it's the happiness of kids running home from school to play a Pokemon game that leaves me feeling almost nostalgic, even though I've been playing the games nonstop for years.

How do you feel about the games? Are you going to buy at least one of the two versions? Do you have any plans for potential teams? There are a few Pokemon I'd want to train again, as well as trying out a few Pokemon from the first generation that I haven't tried out yet, but I'm still in the planning stages and constantly go back and forth on what I want to raise for which team. I have already pre-ordered both games, but I do hope that the Switch will drop down in price before November. Or at least there will be a sale for it somewhere where I can find a new one at a relatively cheaper price.
 

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I hate everything about this game. I can't wait to buy it.
I can't really tell if you're joking or not. Although, I am sure that quite a few people who complain about the games are eventually going to buy them, so I don't know if that's what you're referring to.

Anyway, there have been some new trailers that came out recently:



Mega Evolution is confirmed to be in Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee. I figured it would be since they already included Alola forms, but I figured that it would only be available post storyline. Since they confirmed it relatively early in the games' pre-release season, I guess that means that you can use them at some point during the storyline. That would help to make traveling through Kanto again different and possibly make me reconsider some of my team members. Although, a part of me is worried that you can only use Mega Pokemon in special battles like a Battle Tower. Plus, the Japanese trailer showed that you can choose between Mega Charizard X or Y, which makes me think that you can only use it during battles with other players. I could just be assuming too much because they just wanted to have the different Mega Pokemon of the Kanto starters battling each other, but that thought still came to mind.

Still, it's pretty awesome that they confirmed Mega Evolution will be in the games. A part of me kind of hopes that they'll announce some new Mega Pokemon. They would have to be only from the first generation, which would be frustrating in a way, but at the same time, I think that there are still a few Pokemon within the first generation that deserve a Mega Evolution. I still want a Mega Arcanine and a Mega Golduck that is a Water/Psychic type like Golduck should have been in the first place. At the very least, I hope that this means that they'll give some Mega Evolutions for the next generation.

They also showed Vermillion City and Lt. Surge. I kind of like seeing the Kanto Gym Leaders during the battles. It was a really nice touch in Sun/Moon and US/UM, so I hope that they'll keep that aspect for future games too. I do like how colorful the scenery is too.
 

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I can't really tell if you're joking or not. Although, I am sure that quite a few people who complain about the games are eventually going to buy them, so I don't know if that's what you're referring to.
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I hate it because I have to raise my pokemon by catching pokemon instead of battling them. It's way to easy.

That being said I really want to play it because I've been craving a true 3D version of Kanto forever. I like the stupid pokeball wii remote that has mew in it. I like the graphics a lot. I'm just really upset that I can't pokemon the same way it's been the past 20+ years.

That being said I'm still going to buy the game. I haven't played pokemon go in a while and I forgot my password but I want to trade pokemon caught in pokemon go to the switch. It's a stupid gimmic but I'm suckered into it. It was a good idea.
 

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I hate it because I have to raise my pokemon by catching pokemon instead of battling them. It's way to easy.

That being said I really want to play it because I've been craving a true 3D version of Kanto forever. I like the stupid pokeball wii remote that has mew in it. I like the graphics a lot. I'm just really upset that I can't pokemon the same way it's been the past 20+ years.

That being said I'm still going to buy the game. I haven't played pokemon go in a while and I forgot my password but I want to trade pokemon caught in pokemon go to the switch. It's a stupid gimmic but I'm suckered into it. It was a good idea.
Oh that makes more sense. I wasn't sure if you were being sarcastic before, but I can understand those complaints. I still play Pokemon Go, so I'm kind of used to how you catch Pokemon in that game, but I can see how incorporating that aspect of Go into a more traditional Pokemon game would be off-putting. I wouldn't want them to replace traditional catches in future games with the Pokemon Go way of catching, but I think it's fine to do that for these games as a quick and easy gimmick.

Honestly, I don't mind the Pokemon Go elements. That makes sense when they want to attract Pokemon Go players to the Switch before the next generation comes out. It's the amount of attention that the first generation gets that kind of bother me. I still understand why it gets all of the attention and I've warmed up to the Let's Go games quite a bit since they were initially revealed partly because I realized that they're using the games as a transitional bridge between the two generations. I still kind of wish that Kanto wasn't so overused, but from a marketing and financial point of view, it makes sense.

I want to trade Pokemon I got in Pokemon Go into these games too. I want to have a Growlithe in Let's Go Eevee even though they're exclusive to Let's Go Pikachu. I also want to get an Alolan Grimer to try out and that might be the best way for me to get one on my team. It would depend on how late in the game they allow players to use the Go Park though. I've heard rumors that it replaces the Safari Zone, but I don't think that was confirmed yet.
 

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I hate it because I have to raise my pokemon by catching pokemon instead of battling them. It's way to easy.

That being said I really want to play it because I've been craving a true 3D version of Kanto forever. I like the stupid pokeball wii remote that has mew in it. I like the graphics a lot. I'm just really upset that I can't pokemon the same way it's been the past 20+ years.

That being said I'm still going to buy the game. I haven't played pokemon go in a while and I forgot my password but I want to trade pokemon caught in pokemon go to the switch. It's a stupid gimmic but I'm suckered into it. It was a good idea.
I actually thought the post was very funny whether you were joking or not. The fact that you let us sit with it without explaining further until asked made it even funnier.
 

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I realized that they're using the games as a transitional bridge between the two generations. I still kind of wish that Kanto wasn't so overused, but from a marketing and financial point of view, it makes sense.
Yeah I get what there doing. I kind of don't like it. But I'm not a kid anymore. And if this gets the millions of kids who got into pokemon from pokemon go and converts those cookie tapper morons (no offense to anyone) to kids who want to play a game with actual substance that requires patience and strategy then I'm all for it. I'm personally disappointed and excited. I've got mixed feelings.

Kanto is not over used. We haven't been able to play in kanto in 10 years. Heart Gold and Soul Silver was the last time we were in kanto. The kids playing these may not have even been born since the last time you could play in Kanto.

I know there will be a traditional pokemon game coming next. This is just to hold us over. I'm upset because they could hold us over in the region from pokemon diamond or something else. I want a real pokemon game in Kanto!
I actually thought the post was very funny whether you were joking or not
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Yeah I get what there doing. I kind of don't like it. But I'm not a kid anymore. And if this gets the millions of kids who got into pokemon from pokemon go and converts those cookie tapper morons (no offense to anyone) to kids who want to play a game with actual substance that requires patience and strategy then I'm all for it. I'm personally disappointed and excited. I've got mixed feelings.
I'm not sure how many kids got into Pokemon through Pokemon Go. I usually hear about older fans playing that game than kids. I'm sure that there are kids who play Go. I just don't know how many they account for compared to those who get into the series through the main series games. I can understand having mixed feelings on the games. That's how I felt initially and I still have some concerns, but I'm leading more towards being excited. Part of it might just be wanting to have a fun Pokemon game on a new system to look forward too, even though buying a Switch is going to be rough on my bank account.

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Kanto is not over used. We haven't been able to play in kanto in 10 years. Heart Gold and Soul Silver was the last time we were in kanto. The kids playing these may not have even been born since the last time you could play in Kanto.
Technically, kids could have played through Kanto with the Virtual Console re-releases of R/B/Y from a couple of years ago. They might have been turned off by the older graphics, but it was a way for them to play through the original Kanto region. It's true that we haven't played through Kanto in a new game for years, but I was thinking of the first generation, not just Kanto itself, being overused. The past couple of generations have had a lot of nods to Kanto and that was understandable with the 20th anniversary, but it does come off like there's too much first generation favoritism. That's why I was initially turned off by these games during the initial announcement. It probably doesn't help that I find Kanto overrated. There are other more interesting regions and plenty of good Pokemon from other generations too.

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I know there will be a traditional pokemon game coming next. This is just to hold us over. I'm upset because they could hold us over in the region from pokemon diamond or something else. I want a real pokemon game in Kanto!
As much as I find Kanto overrated, I can understand why they didn't just give us a D/P remake. A lot of fans would want that, but it wouldn't have the same kind of appeal to both long time and new fans like Kanto would. I'm sure a ton of people love the idea of playing through a Yellow remake on a Switch console too. Sinnoh wouldn't attract as much attention as Kanto would for the first major Switch Pokemon games. These are still real Pokemon games. I wouldn't call them a main series title, mainly because they feel more like their own category due to the Pokemon Go features, but they are still Pokemon games.
 

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We did get some new trailers last week:




Pikachu and Eevee can use Special Techniques that allow for you to cut down trees, surf and fly to different areas. It's basically a way to replace HMs and they also don't take up move slots either. It is pretty awesome. I was expecting HMs to still be in these games, but this is hopefully a sign that they plan on figuring out different ways for players to get around a region without having to get specific Pokemon that can learn specific moves. I didn't have a huge problem with HMs compared to other fans, but I'm perfectly fine with leaving them behind in favor of more creative ways to move around a region.

Pikachu and Eevee also have a Partner Power that deals more damage depending on the level of your friendship. Pikachu's Partner Power is Pika Papow, while Eevee's Partner Power is Veevee Volley. They also have exclusive moves. Pikachu can learn Splishy Splash, which looks like a mini Surf. Eevee can learn Sizzly Slide, Bouncy Bubble and Buzzy Buzz. Since neither partner Pokemon can evolve in their respective games, it made sense to give them some exclusive moves. Pikachu needs a move to protect it from Ground types and it's a nice callback to the surfing Pikachu too. Eevee definitely needed some upgrades to its move pool for this game since the moves it normally learns wouldn't really give it much variety or protection from other Pokemon. It's also nice that it learns a Water, Fire and Electric move to match with its first three evolutions.

They also announced a bundle pack with an exclusive Pikachu and Eevee theme Switch system. Even though it comes with one of the games and the Pokeball Plus, I don't think I'll be getting it. I've already pre-ordered the games and it wouldn't be much cheaper to buy the bundle pack. I still need to get a Switch system, but I'm still hoping that they'll either lower the price by the time November rolls around or more likely GameStop/Best Buy will have a sale on the system. Still, the news we got was pretty nice and seeing the trailers always make me think that exploring through the games is going to be fun.
 

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Well we got some pretty big news this week too. There was a "leaked" Pokemon showing up in Pokemon Go during the recent Community Day event. It might have been around a bit longer since I caught one the day after the Chikorita event, although it transformed back into Ditto once I caught it. I didn't think we'd get an answer for what it is for awhile, but then they had this trailer pop up:


So it is a new Mystical Pokemon called Meltan and it's a Steel type. This is probably the new Pokemon that the Let's Go initial trailer hinted at. I'm not sure if it's the first eighth generation Pokemon. It could be something like Poipole in that it's a new Pokemon introduced in the middle of a generation instead of being part of the next generation. Even though I've seen it around online for the past few days, I'm still not sure how I feel about its design. It's cute and fine, but I think that the design might be a bit too minimal for my tastes. It might look more appealing in the anime since they can give it more unique movements and its voice could help make it more emotional, but I'm just okay with it.

The trailer showcasing Professor Oak and Willow talking to each other was pretty cute and fun though. I'm sure that they'll have more updates from Professor Oak to provide more information on Meltan between now and November.
 

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They also announced a bundle pack with an exclusive Pikachu and Eevee theme Switch system. Even though it comes with one of the games and the Pokeball Plus, I don't think I'll be getting it. I've already pre-ordered the games and it wouldn't be much cheaper to buy the bundle pack. I still need to get a Switch system, but I'm still hoping that they'll either lower the price by the time November rolls around or more likely GameStop/Best Buy will have a sale on the system.
Do these come with the physical games or are they digital and preloaded on the system?
 

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I never did like how Nintendo always went the route that saved them the most money. Like before digital was an option, they would have the game discs in paper sleeves (while Sony would have the actual game cases).

It looks like I won't bother with these bundles if I ever decide to get a second Nintendo Switch. Thanks for the info.
 

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I never did like how Nintendo always went the route that saved them the most money. Like before digital was an option, they would have the game discs in paper sleeves (while Sony would have the actual game cases).

It looks like I won't bother with these bundles if I ever decide to get a second Nintendo Switch. Thanks for the info.
You're welcome. I've never been a fan of digital copies myself. It's mainly because if you lose the system that has the game or it gets damaged, then you could lose all of that progress. Losing digital copies of books or movies isn't that bad since you can just get them again, but if you lose a digital game, that could mean a lot of hours of gameplay went for nothing.

In this case, there isn't really a significant price advantage for me with this Switch bundle. It is a nice deal, but since I'm getting both games, getting one of the bundle packs along with a regular copy of the other game would be about the same price. Plus, I've already pre-ordered my copies of the games.
 

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So there have been a few updates for these games, especially for Meltan:




You can get Meltan in Pokemon Go after transferring a Pokemon from Go to Let's Go. You'll get an item box that attracts Meltan for about a half an hour. You can transfer Meltan to the Let's Go games as well.

They also revealed that Meltan has an evolved form called Melmetal. It's requires 400 Meltan candies in order to evolve. It's design is rather strange. I guess it makes sense given that it is supposed to be a bunch of Meltan coming together, but it didn't really do much for me. Still, it is different to have a Mystical Pokemon with an evolved form. The closest we had to that before was Manaphy and Phoine.

We also have a bit of information for the post-storyline:


There are Master Trainers throughout Kanto where you can defeat them and earn their titles. It sounds cool on paper, but only being able to use their Pokemon makes it a bit more limited, especially when there's only the first generation of Pokemon in the games. It might be fun to do and a good way to get some experience after the storyline. I still haven't even gotten a Switch yet, but I'll get it a week or two before getting the games.

EDIT: My 45,000th post and it's Pokemon related. That's always great.
 

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I meant to put up this trailer before the games came out, but I forgot to do so. Still, here's the last trailer prior to the games' release date:


It's a shorter one, but we do get to see the designs for other Gym Leaders and the Elite 4. Lance looks a lot younger to me for some reason. They also showcase Red and Blue as NPC, which is pretty neat. I heard about that as a rumor, so I wasn't too surprised, but confirmation is still good. I was really surprised that they actually showed the female trainer often called Leaf. She rarely gets any kind of attention, but between this, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and getting a figurine, Leaf has definitely gotten more love during this year than ever before. I wonder what role they'll have in the storyline. You'll obviously be able to battle Red and possibly Leaf, so that might be fun.

To celebrate the games official release, they also released this video:


I really like this remix of the first opening, so I thought it was great and fitting to use it to promote Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee. They are nostalgia filled remakes, but still new games, so using a remix of the classic Pokemon theme was a good choice. It did get me more excited for the games. I was hoping that they'd use the whole opening, but the video was shorter than I expected. It was pretty cool to see them using some game footage to mirror the actual opening too.

It's still early in the morning for my, so GameStop hasn't opened yet. I could have gotten the games in a early release last night, but that would have been difficult for me to manage anyway. I'll get the games later on this morning, but feel free to comment on the games at any point during your journeys. I've read a lot of good reviews for the games over the past few days, so that has made me more excited to play them. It may not be the ideal way people wanted the first big Pokemon Switch title, but it does sound like fun and at the end of the day, that's all I want from my video games. Being able to travel through Kanto again with a new team does sound like fun.
 

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