The first Pokémon role-playing games for Nintendo Switch are Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu Version and Pokémon Let’s Go! Eevee Version, The Pokémon Company announced during a press conference live in Japan.
The two games, which will be exclusive to Switch and take players back to the Kanto region, where the original generation of Pokémon titles were set. Depending on the version players have, they’ll be followed by either a Pikachu or an Eevee; these characters will resist their Poké Balls and instead appear on the in-game map.
In Pokemon Let’s Go, wild Pokemon will be seen roaming the world in real time, replacing random battles. When you touch one of these Pokemon, the encounter becomes nearly identical to a Pokemon Go encounter.
The Pokemon will be on screen, giving you an opportunity to throw a Poke Ball to catch it, no battling involved. It appears that some, if not all, of the mechanics from Pokemon Go are translated exactly into Let’s Go – as in, how well you throw the Poke Ball determines your chance of catching the Pokemon.
The game is expected to launch this November.