|Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!|
Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go Eevee! are the first Nintendo Switch games in the Pokémon series. It is inspired by Pokémon Go and Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition combining a mainline game in Kanto with the catching mechanics of Go. The game includes the original 151 plus some from Alola.
The game takes place in the Kanto region where the player can choose their starter from either Pikachu or Eevee. Catching works like Pokémon Go where the player can throw a ball by swinging the Joy-Con or the Pokéball Plus like throwing a ball to catch it. Pokémon are now visible in the overworld and can be run into to encounter. Pokémon can follow the player in the overworld. Pikachu and Eevee can ride the player and the player can ride select large Pokémon like Onix.
Another player can join in for local co-op player where the players can throw two balls at the same time for greater success.Trainer battles are also become co-op double battles in this mode.
Pokémon Go interactivity
The player can connect to Pokémon Go for a place called Go Park where the players can interact with the Pokémon from Pokémon Go. It can connect back to Pokémon Go for special gifts in that game.
The reception of Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go Eevee! was pretty mixed. The game was praised by many gaming journalists even earning a 81 on Metacritic, but it was subject to a massive negative review bombing from the user side of Metacritic making its user score fall to 53 around release. This is only a highlight of the divide that the games created in the Pokémon community. Many feared that the game being targeted toward the more casual audience coming from Pokémon Go would cause Game Freak to focus more on this audience in future games, which could means that they would remove the more complex mechanics usually featured in mainline Pokémon games like they did in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go Eevee!.
Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go Eevee! sold 3 million copies in its first week, thus dethroning Super Mario Odyssey as the fastest selling Nintendo Switch game. The sales were bellow many mainline Pokémon games like Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire and Pokémon Sun and Moon.