Review by: SereneVirus
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: November 6, 2018
Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee is the 17th game (not including Gamecube games) in the Pokemon series released by The Pokemon Company Nintendo and the first Pokemon game to be released on the Nintendo Switch. As a Pokemon fan who grew up watching the anime and getting Pokemon: Blue when it came to America, I had been anxious for the release of this game and was the only reason originally to get a Nintendo Switch (also due to the rumors that Pokemon was no longer going to be on the DS systems anymore.) Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee & Pikachu is based off of the first Pokemon Games released, but one more so than the others: Pokemon Yellow. If you aren’t a Pokemon Fan like myself then know that Pokemon Yellow had your character only able to get Pikachu as a starter Pokemon as all the others were taken, however, in Pokemon Yellow, you had the ability to get the other 3 starter Pokemon as you progressed throughout the game. Pokemon: Let’s Go Eevee & Pikachu has this same feature. Essentially, it is Pokemon Yellow revamped with new graphics and a few more additions than the original game such as being able to pick which Pokemon to have follow behind you while your Eevee or Pikachu hitches a ride on you!
This game incorporated what had been done in previous newer Pokemon games and has allowed for you to only be pet your Eevee or Pikachu, feed it with the addition of dressing it up or using one of the Secret Techniques it can learn. I personally enjoyed these features and frequently dressed my Eevee up and pet it. Through this type of bonding, Eevee/Pikachu will sometimes gift you with cute items like seashells or flowers. Which is adorable! This game also sports a 2 player mode, your friend can take up the other Joy Con and help you catch Pokemon, personally, this functionality was something I cared little for.
For those new to the Pokemon world and came in with Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee & Pikachu, they will find it a simple game that is based off of catching multiples of Pokemon to level up your own party Pokemon as well as an occasional Trainer or Gym Leader battle. This was not the case in the original Pokemon games and is specific to Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee & Pikachu. For this aspect of the game, I was not a fan, but it did not detract from the fun of the game for myself. Many old school Pokemon fans may be a bit let down with this game where the Pokemon battles comes into play, you cannot fight all of the wild Pokemon in this game as you could in the previous games, you can only catch them for experience to level your current Pokemon team so that you can battle other trainers and defeat Gym leaders. The only Pokemon in this game that you can fight are: Snorlax, The Three Legendary Birds and Mewtwo.
All in all, Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee & Pikachu is a great game. Solid graphics, fun battles and catches galore as well as the same storyline that the lovers of Pokemon Yellow had come to adore. However, due to it being on the Switch, it has no real accessibility features. There are currently no known features or hardware that came to mind that would help with the Joy Cons having to be used for this game when the Nintendo Switch is docked in it’s charging station. This game follows it’s predecessors in that it has no means currently of making it accessible for the console/hand-held it is on. So, unless a consumer gets an emulated version of these games, there would be no way for a disabled person with no use of their arms or a low vision/blind gamer to be able to play this effectively.
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