Hopes and Dreams
Leaks that were once revealed on April 1 have gained traction with the release of a never-before-seen logo that depicts the title of the first Pokémon Switch title: Pokémon Let’s GO Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee. From its title, it seems blatantly obvious that Nintendo, the Pokémon Company and Game Freak are attempting to capture and expand on the initial phenomenon that was Pokémon Go, if these rumors are to be believed.
Once simply passed off as an April Fool’s joke, credible sources such as Serebii began tweeting about the game with the leak of its logo. The initial leaks suggest that Let’s Go is a remake of Pokémon Yellow for the Switch, will have two versions while taking place and will take place in Kanto. It will also borrow several elements from Pokémon Go such as the catching and battling mechanic from the mobile game. Several fans continue to wonder if the leveling and power system from Pokémon Go, namely CP, will also be integrated.
Let’s Go will also be able to interact with Pokémon Go, which was something promised by Nintendo long before the release of Sun and Moon. Seeing as the domains were recently confirmed to be registered, it seems to be only a matter of time before information is officially revealed. Also, taking into consideration that this is the first Pokémon game on the Switch, it only seems fitting for Nintendo to want to completely change the franchise’s formula for its year-old console.
While the excitement for Pokémon on Switch has been at a constant uproar since the system’s successful launch, there have been understandable fears for this new release. Though Pokémon Go was a huge hit for a while and continues to flourish on the mobile market, fans are not necessarily ready to give up the core mechanics that have been established for over 20 years. This isn’t the big first Pokémon Switch release that fans were expecting, but just this fact alone should quell the many fears surrounding these leaks.
As this isn’t the next generation in the Pokémon franchise, Game Freak may feel the need to test the waters and monitor how its audience receives the new battle- and catching-styles, if they are actually changed. Many feel that the company is ignoring the desires of its fans, but much like with the release of Detective Pikachu, The Pokémon Company and Game Freak obviously feel confident enough to introduce unfamiliar mechanics that may be received in a positive light.
Also, as a new release on one of Nintendo’s fastest selling consoles, this is the perfect moment for experimenting so that Pokémon can further evolve rather than tread familiar ground. Though Let’s Go may not be the game fans desired, the success of this game may set a precedent for future generations, making trekking through future regions more satisfying and much more exciting than ever.
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