The games are heavily inspired by Pokémon Yellow, however are not direct remakes. Set in the region of Kanto, Pikachu is available in Let's Go, Pikachu! and Eevee available in Let's Go, Eevee! as starter Pokémon. Customisations to these starters have been confirmed, as well as other unique aspects as Pokémon debuts on Nintendo Switch for the first time (With exception to spin-off title: Pokkén Tournament DX.)
The games will be compatible with Pokémon GO through Bluetooth LE. Players can send Generation I Pokémon and their Alola Forms from their phone to the games where they will appear in GO Park. The games can also send an all-new Pokémon to Pokémon GO as a present.
The player will encounter Team Rocket, as well an unannounced never before seen Pokémon for the first time.
- 151 Pokémon of Generation I as well as some Pokémon from Generation VII such as Alola forms are to appear.
- The Nintendo Switch Joy-Con can be used to catch Pokémon by flicking the players wrist in a throwing motion, similar to the method in Pokémon GO. Wild Pokémon cannot be battled in a traditional sense, but NPC Trainers can be battled as normal.
- A local two-player feature has been added. Two Joy-Con can be used to throw two Poké Balls at once at the Pokémon in order to catch it. Battles against Trainers become two against one, similar to SOS Battles.
- An accessory called the Poké Ball Plus can be used to catch Pokémon in place of a Joy-Con. Like the Pokéwalker, a Pokémon can be taken on the go and be interacted with.
Information from E3 Treehouse and Nintendo Direct 12/06/2018
- Mew to be included with Pokéball Plus exclusively for Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee.
- Special game bundle announced for $99.99 each. Confirmed for U.S. Awaiting price for Europe. Japan price 9,980 yen (excluding tax)
- Candy : Exists in Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Let's Go Eevee and will boost an individual Pokémon stat.
- GO Park : Replaces the Safari Zone in Fuchsia City. Multiple GO Parks can be saved at one time. Pokémon in GO Park can then be captured. The higher the CP of a Pokémon in Pokémon GO, the higher level it will be in Pokémon Let's Go through Pokémon GO Park.
- Multiplayer : You require a Link Code to join in with a friend. Acts as a lobby password.
- 2 Player Mode : If both players are in sync as they throw the ball, they get a bonus.
- CP is confirmed to work the same way as in Pokémon GO as an overall indicator of the combined stats of the Pokémon.
- Your partner Pokémon wag their tails when there's an item nearby.
- Catching Pokémon : The aura around Pokémon in the wild indicated Pokémon size. Red: Bigger than normal & Blue: Smaller than normal. Pokémon gain experience from capture. You get bonuses for the quality of your capture. Size of Pokémon you capture alters the amount of experience you earn in Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Eevee. Bigger Pokémon get more experience.
Version Exclusives :
- Let's Go! Pikachu - Oddish, Sandshrew, Growlithe
- Let's Go! Eevee - Bellsprout, Vulpix, Meowth
The official Trainer’s guide from Pokémon for the Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! video games :
Get the tips you need for each part of your journey with the step-by-step walkthrough and hints in the Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! & Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!—Official Trainer’s Guide & Pokédex. From your first experiences as a Trainer and all through your adventure, this guide will help you every step of the way!
- Complete walkthrough of a new kind of Pokémon game!
- The Kanto Region Pokédex with detailed info on the Pokémon!
- Lists of moves, items, and more—including how to get them!
- Info on all of the new features!
- Pullout map of the region!
*Cover design is not final
Timeline of reveals :
- Pokémon Let's Go! games revealed at Pokémon Direct
- Pokémon Let's Go! games revealed at Pokémon E3 Booth at Treehouse
- Pokémon Let's Go! games trailer + New Eevee female form
- Pokémon Let's Go! Mega Evolution trailer + Lt.Surge reveal