Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu, Eevee mark the debut of mainline Pokémon games. These titles serve as remakes set in the Kanto Region, with a tweaked storyline. As a player, you receive a designated starter Pokémon: Pikachu in Let’s Go, Pikachu and Eevee in Let’s Go, Eevee. These companion Pokémon remain by your side throughout the game and cannot evolve. Moreover, you can have other Pokémon from your team follow you, similar to previous entries.
One exciting addition is the introduction of a new Pokémon exclusive to these games, which can also be transferred to Pokémon GO. Alongside this, the games offer local co-op gameplay and a unique device called the Poké Ball Plus. Acting as a portable companion, it allows you to take your Pokémon on the go and functions as a GO Plus device. Additionally, you can transfer your Pokémon from Pokémon GO to Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee through the Pokémon GO Park feature.
With simplified controls, you can play the game using just one Joy-Con, and capturing Pokémon mimics the flicking action from Pokémon GO. Notably, the game includes the original 151 Pokémon and some Alolan Form Pokémon. Wild encounters no longer involve battles but instead utilize mechanics reminiscent of Pokémon GO. However, battles with Trainers and Legendary Pokémon still remain an integral part of the game.
For online interactions such as battles and trades, the game offers online functionality, which requires a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. Notably, certain features like the GTS, Wonder Trade, and Battle Spot found in previous Pokémon games are absent in these titles.