The official Pokemon website has published the official guide on how to play Pokémon Let’s Go – the upcoming game to be released for Nintendo Switch. The guide counts on the catching and battling mechanics to a greater depth than before.
Announced back in May this year, the game will come in two versions: one with Pikachu and one with Eevee. Both will be available for the Nintendo Switch on November 16 of this year.
Catching Pokémon: is done via the same system as Pokémon GO, but with motion controls. As you explore Kanto, wild Pokemon will appear on-screen in the world. You can try to catch them simply by touching them — there is no random encounter system as in previous Pokémon games. You can offer the Pokémon a berry to make it easier to catch or flick your wrist to capture it. Just like in Pokémon GO, you can get Nice, Great, or Excellent throws by throwing and landing the Pokéball within the colored ring, and the color of the ring will indicate to you how difficult the Pokémon will be to catch.
Battling trainers: is still in the game, even though you won’t battle wild Pokémon to capture them anymore. Battles function almost identical to how they always have: as turn-based encounters where each trainer selects a move and the moves are executed, with the faster Pokémon going first. Type advantages return as well, so knowing type match-ups will be important to win against opponents.
Playing together: isn’t just a fun way to explore the world of Kanto. When playing in 2-player mode, if both trainers throw a Pokéball at the same time, you’ll have an increased chance to capture a Pokémon and, if successful, receive more experience. You’ll also be able to each control a Pokémon in trainer battles, effectively ganging up on an opponent.
Link battles and trading: make a return as well. You can trade Pokémon or battle with trainers who are nearby via local communication or use internet communication to do the same long-distance. The Nintendo Switch Online Service, which launches in September, will be required to use the internet communication features.
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