Pokémon Let's Go Launches Today


Explore the Kanto region with a friend or go solo, use the Poké Ball Plus to catch dozens of varied Pokémon, and connect to the Pokémon GO app to transfer Pokémon

With over 300 million Pokémon games sold worldwide to date, and more than 800 million downloads of Pokémon GO, the Pokémon phenomenon that came to Australia and New Zealand in 1998 is set to get even stronger with today’s launch of Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! These two new mainline Pokémon games are available exclusively for Nintendo Switch, the unique home console from Nintendo that can be played anywhere, anytime, with anyone, which has passed 22 million consoles sold worldwide.

Players of Pokémon GO will be able to transfer select Pokémon caught in the real world to their Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! game by connecting their smart device to the Nintendo Switch console via Bluetooth Low Energy connection.

Enjoy the story and find out where it all began 

With these new titles’ accessible gameplay, Pokémon players from the series’ 20-year history, and anyone who discovered the series through Pokémon GO, are all invited to become a Pokémon Trainer in a classic Pokémon story. Beginning their journey in Pallet Town, players will meet, catch, and raise many Pokémon on their journey to become the best Pokémon Trainer that they can be. In a story based on Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition brought to the living room in high definition, players will need to work with their partner Pikachu or partner Eevee to thwart the dastardly plans of Team Rocket, who wish to take advantage of Pokémon for their nefarious ends. Even after the story ends, there’s more to do, with the challenge of battling skilled Master Trainers, trying to catch all 151 Pokémon, and more. Plus, any Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region caught in Pokémon GO can be transferred to Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!

Invite a friend to join the adventure anytime, anywhere 
Friends and family can get in on the fun and give a helping hand with the Support Play feature. For example, with this feature it’s possible for two siblings to explore the world together using a single Joy-Con and a Poké Ball Plus (or a single Joy-Con each) – they can even both have a Pokémon travel alongside them as well. In battles, both players will be able to control a Pokémon and issue it commands, giving them the upper hand, while they can boost their chances of catching wild Pokémon by throwing Poké Balls at the same time. And with the benefits of the Nintendo Switch console, friends and family alike can play on their TV at home or take it with them on their travels to catch Pokémon together anytime, anywhere.

Catch Pokémon like never before with the Poké Ball Plus 
For the first time in the Pokémon series, players can grab a Poké Ball Plus to catch Pokémon with a simple throwing action just like a Pokémon Trainer would. The Poké Ball Plus is a Poké Ball-shaped device that can be used to play and catch Pokémon in Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! in place of the Joy-Con. In addition to having motion controls, the Poké Ball and players will actually feel it rumble and hear the Pokémon inside – it feels like you really caught a Pokémon.

The Poké Ball Plus is also compatible with Pokémon GO, so while connected, players no longer need to look at their phone to know if a Pokémon appears nearby. Pressing the button on Poké Ball Plus throws a Poké Ball, and the device will light up and vibrate to let players know if their catch was successful. As long as Poké Ball Plus is connected to players’ smartphones, it’ll also measure the distance they travel, so they can hatch eggs or get candy from their buddy Pokémon.

Connect to Pokémon Go for even more fun
There is a deep connection between Pokémon GO and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, as Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region that players have caught in Pokémon GO can be brought into these two new Nintendo Switch games.

The GO Park complex is where players’ Pokémon will arrive after syncing their Pokémon GO game with Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! It’s here where players will be able to see their Pokémon running around and having fun. There's no limit to the number of Pokémon GO accounts that can be tied to a single save file in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! which means players are not limited to connecting with just their own Pokémon GO account – they can get Pokémon from friends and family, too.

Join Pikachu or Eevee on an adventure across the Kanto region and catch Pokémon in a whole new way when Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! launch today on Nintendo Switch. Experience a classic Pokémon story and catch Pokémon with the Poké Ball Plus controller, while it’s possible to transfer Pokémon caught with Pokémon GO to both Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! game.
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Aussie Gamers Express
16th November 2018

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