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Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee First Impressions

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I have loved Pokemon ever since I was seven and introduced to them. I have had Pokemon HeartGold for the Nintendo DS and played that game to death. Then I got rid of my DS in college as I needed money and regretted it. I missed playing the games, so when they announced a new console called Nintendo Switch I wanted it. It was a mixture of the DS with a playstation or xbox. But I didn’t get it right away, but as an early Christmas gift to myself I decided to finally get one along with Let’s Go Eevee. Who if you didn’t know is my all time favorite Pokemon. It has the greatest potential to be any type and incredibly strong if trained. Back in HeartGold I used to have one of my main teams main completely of Eevee evolutions. So to say Let’s Go Eevee got me to finally purchase a switch is a little bit of an understatement.

Now I wouldn’t call this game the same as a regular Pokemon game that came out in the past. It combines elements of Red or Blue with Pokemon Go. The mobile game that everyone was addicted to the summer of 2016. You travel the world of Kanto to catch Pokemon the same way as you do in Pokemon Go, and battle against trainers and gyms like in Red or Blue. Like the original game there are eight gym leaders and the members of the Elite Four. Along with antagonists Team Rocket with Jessie, James, and Meowth. Though Meowth does not talk like he did in the animated series. Wild pokemon are more like Pokemon Go being that you can see them walking around in the world rather than wild encounters from running in the grass.

You also have an Eevee that rides on the top of your head and can be dressed up to match your trainer. Eevee does not take the place of the walking Pokemon as you can also still have one of those as well. Unlike in previous Pokemon games, Eevee will learn special techniques to help you advance the game. Previously these were TM skills that you had to train a Pokemon and it would take up a slot for them. Like fly, cut or surf. I have yet to see fly or swim in the game so I don’t know if Eevee will be the one to do that. But so far, Eevee has learned all of the others. Also you can interact with Eevee like you could in Pokemoon Sun and Moon.

This Eevee cannot evolve sadly and if you have the Pikachu version it’s the same there as well. But you can still evolve. If you still have Pokemon Go installed, you can connect the two games and transfer Pokemon from the mobile game to the switch. However, you can only transfer first generation Pokemon. None of the newer ones. Like other Pokemon games not all of the Pokemon are including in both games. Pikachu version has some Pokemon that Eevee does not have and vice versa. So using Pokemon Go you can get those Pokemon you are missing in the game. Including the opposite fossil to the one you got in Mt. Moon.

Pikachu has the following Pokemon:

  • Sandshrew > Sandslash
  • Oddish > Gloom > Vileplum
  • Mankey > Primeape
  • Growlithe
  • Grimer > Muk
  • Scyther

Eevee has the following Pokemon:

  • Ekans > Arbok
  • Vulpix > Ninetales
  • Meowth
  • Bellsprout > Weepinbell > Victreebell
  • Koffing > Weezing
  • Pinsir

There is a Pokemon Go Plus ball that can be used as a controller for both Pokemon Go and Pokemon Let’s Go, it comes with a Mew inside of it as well. Apparently there’s also going to be a MewTwo somewhere, though I don’t know where it’s going to appear in the game. This has to be purchased separately. But you can use either controller that come with the switch as well as the handheld to throw Pokeballs. Though using it as a handheld is a bit too easy in my opinion as you just need to line up the handheld with the Pokemon versus trying to toss the ball correctly.

You can also have multiple players, the second player will be the support so they cannot initate battles or gather items. But they can help win battles and catch wild pokemon once initated by the main player.

With all that being said this game is short. I got through three gyms in five hours with little training done in between. This is not the main Pokemon game they are coming out with for the Nintendo Switch, apparently there is another one set to release in late 2019. It’s more of an introduction to Pokemon for those who started to enjoy Pokemon Go but wanted more elements of the main game. All for the same price as a typical Nintendo game on the switch ($50). But even as someone who was hoping for more, I had so much fun playing the game I didn’t even notice six hours passed when I first started playing it. I find the game cute and fun to play, but at this rate I have a feeling it’s going to be over quickly. However, I really enjoyed it. Though it’s pretty easy, I love the graphics and it’s just so stinking cute!

Love ya,

Mae Polzine

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