Let’s Go Eevee & Let’s Go Pikachu [Video Game Review]

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Title: Let’s Go Eevee & Let’s Go Pikachu
Developer: Game Freak
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform:
Nintendo Switch
Category:
Role-playing
Release Date:
November 16, 2018
How we got the game:
We preordered them

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If you’ve followed along with this blog for a little while, it’s no surprise that we’re big Pokemon fans. While we don’t play Pokemon GO, we were definitely excited for the Let’s Go duo.

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Let’s Go Pikachu & Let’s Go Eevee brings us all the way back to the Kanto region and allows us to explore the areas in a brand new, wonderful light.

gameplay

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The Pokemon Let’s Go titles play similarly to the core games on the handheld consoles while combining some aspects of the mobile GO game. Remastering the Kanto region, the Let’s Go duo allows players to fully explore the region with the original 151 Pokemon with their mega evolutions and Alolan variants from the later generation games.

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There are quite a few differences to this updated Kanto region. Other than the awesome 3D, vivid graphics on the Switch, the battle system has changed along with the experience points and how wild Pokemon appear. Wild Pokemon wander around the areas so there’s no mystery to who you might get. I personally love that because it adds a little more “reality” to the world. There are no battling with the wild Pokemon either. You simply catch them by “throwing” your Pokeball with the Joy-Con motion controls and, if you catch them, your Pokemon gain experience points. All Pokemon in your party gain the experience whether they battle or not. There’s no experience share.

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Those are a couple of mechanics that are borrowed from the mobile GO game. I like being able to see the wild Pokemon spawn and wander around the world, but I do miss the wild battles. Being able to just capture by throwing pokeballs one after another is a bit repetitive and it’s not as exciting as battling with your team. Another updated mechanic is your Pokemon Box. Instead of using the PC system in Pokemon Centers to switch out Pokemon, you can easily do so with your Pokemon Box which is always with you.

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I miss battling the wild Pokemon as well. It makes it too easy and you almost never have to grind. However, you need a load of pokeballs, but you can find a lot of those throughout the world as well. I like how the box is updated. It’s cool that it’s always with you and you can switch out your team on a whim. You can “release” you Pokemon from there as well but instead of sending them back to the wild, they go to Professor Oak. In exchange you get candy to give to your Pokemon to boost their stats.

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There are plenty of updates with your Pokemon menu in general. Aside from determining the battle order of your Pokemon, you can also change their nickname and choose to take them out of their pokeball so they can follow you around, allowing you to talk to them. Your most important Pokemon is, of course, the titular Pokemon. Pikachu or Eevee, depending on the game you’re playing, sticks with you outside of their pokeball at all times. You can pet and feed them berries, as well as dress them up and change their “hairstyles.” They’re absolutely adorable!

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Playing with Pikachu and Eevee is fantastic! I only wish you could do that with all of your Pokemon like the Pokemon Amie in the last few games. However, it’s great that you can take out another Pokemon of your party in addition to Pikachu or Eevee and either have them follow you around or you can ride them. It adds a lot to the realism of the game. With that said, you can interact with your Pokemon throughout the world as well. If you pass a bush, they might find a berry inside for you. You can talk to them and they’ll interact with the world around them such as the fountain in Cerulean City.

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Never before seen in a Pokemon journey game is a local co-op mode. This was something we were really excited, but skeptical, for! When we got a chance to try it out, we were underwhelmed, to say the least. Player one controls the main character, of course, while player two can shake a second Joy-Con to make the opposite gender Pokemon trainer drop from the sky to run around with the first player. The second player cannot have his/her own team nor can you import or export Pokemon and other information between the game’s accounts for the second player. We wished that you could have somehow imported another player’s information for a true co-op experience.

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I had a feeling we wouldn’t be able to get my team though. I think that’d be too difficult to program. With that said, there’s very little for the second player to do. As player two, I followed Kris around with one of her Pokemon following me. If player one has a Pokemon out, then the second Pokemon automatically comes out to follow player two. In battle, I was able to shake my Joy-Con to control one of Kris’s Pokemon. This was a cool concept, but then it was 2-v-1 and it was unfair to the trainers we battled making it a lot easier. Catching wild Pokemon was the same. I shook the Joy-Con to join and was able to throw a pokeball in sync with Kris. That’s all there is to it though. The co-op is a cool concept, but honestly, I don’t think we’ll be going back to play in co-op mode. I’ll stick to watching her play and vice versa.

graphics-music

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Being able to travel through Kanto, the original region where I started playing the Pokemon games, with updated 3D graphics was glorious. I’ve been greatly enjoying the world we’ve been exploring and seeing the Pokemon, especially since any Pokemon that you catch can follow you around.

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The graphics are really well done and it’s certainly awesome to see the game and Pokemon in all their glory on the big screen. Even the characters are really well done – your avatar still has the same goofy face for most of the time, but it’s awesome to see Professor Oak, Jessie, and James in 3D.

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The music is familiar and still really well done. The tunes are the same from the original games, just updated to keep up with the times, and it’s very nostalgic to hear the city themes, the Pokemon cries, and the battle music.

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The music is certainly nostalgic and they have a remixed beat which is well done. It adds a lot to the game making the music and overall game feel old and new.
story

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Let’s Go uses the same storyline as many of the other Pokemon games. The protagonist goes forth on a journey to become the very best while raising a team of Pokemon. While adventuring, the young hero encounters and goes against the infamous Team Rocket, an organization that uses Pokemon in an attempt to rule the world.

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These games stay true to the original Kanto storyline from Red, Blue, and Yellow. The story isn’t too strong, but the majority of it is all about the adventure and exploration.

replay-value

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The Pokemon games always have plenty of replay value. While the storyline and adventure generally remains the same, there’s enough Pokemon to create a plethora of different teams no matter how many times you go through the region.

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This will certainly be a game that we’ll go back to over and over again. Between both games and multiple profiles on the Switch, we’ll be able to try out various teams, trade, and play Pokemon until the end of time.

Let’s Go Eevee & Let’s Go Pikachu gets…
4-lives
4 out of 5 lives.

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Gotta Catch Pikachu [Gaming News]

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

So, the Let’s Go Pokemon games come out this Friday on November 16. I can’t wait to give them a go. I’ve been waiting for these games for a while.

In the meantime, you can get a bunch of Pikachu in your Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon games.

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Between now and November 30, 2018, we’re able to get five different Pikachu for Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon. These Pikachu are wearing Ash’s hat from Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, Kalos, and Alola respectively.

A while ago, a similar promotion was done where you could pick one Pikachu wearing Ash’s hat from Kanto through Alola. I don’t know why Kanto and Johto aren’t available in this promotion, but I wonder if they’re saving those two particular Pikachu for a different promotion… the Let’s Go games, perhaps?

Still, it’s five free, unique Pikachu for two of your Pokemon games. They vary in level, stats, and attacks. I plan on getting them all.

You can find the original post about this promotion and the codes to get the Pikachu here.

Are you planning on getting all the Pikachu? Or just some or none at all? Let me know in the comments below!

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Friday Favorites: Video Game Ghosts

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

It’s nearing the end of October, which means Halloween! Candy, witches, costumes, and ghosts… While I’m not partial to horror or scary games, there are a few ghosts in video games that have been quite memorable.

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Clyde

Pac-man is a classic arcade game with ghosts attempting to follow and catch the titular character. Clyde is the fourth of the ghosts, the orange one, who didn’t follow along with the other ghosts not only in his name but also behavior. Unlike Blinky, Pinky, and Inky, Clyde does his own thing. He doesn’t try to catch Pac-man, not really… Rather, he goes and derps off in the corner. It’s amusing to me that Clyde was programmed as such.

Ghost Pokemon

The Ghost type in the Pokemon franchise was always an interesting one to me. Not my favorite type to stick on my team — that’s Rachel’s department — but I can definitely appreciate their trickier moves. Lavender Town in the first generation games? Definitely some of the spookiest tunes to send a chill down my spine.

Poe Sisters

In Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time — along with a few other appearances in the Zelda series — the Poe Sisters haunt the Forest Temple. Link must defeat each one in order to unlock the temple’s basement and the final boss. I’ll admit, the first time I played through the Forest Temple, I was a little spooked from the Poe Sisters, but I definitely enjoy their challenge.

Boos

Boos from the Super Mario franchise are adorable! They’ve always been a staple to the series, even playing a large part in Luigi’s Mansion, and it’s great to see Boo become his own character in some recent games, like King Boo racing in Mario Kart 8 and competing for stars in Super Mario Party.

What do you like best about Super Mario Party?

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Pokemon The Movie: The Power of Us Tickets

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There’s yet another Pokemon movie coming out in the next couple of months.

(How many movies is this? Twenty-one? Twenty-two if you count the live-action Detective Pikachu, but I digress.)

Pokemon the Movie: The Power of Us is actually the sequel to the latest I Choose You movie, and continues Ash and Pikachu’s journey in the rebooted film series. We enjoyed I Choose You for the most part (despite a few dark and sad turns) and The Power of Us seems like it’ll stay on par for the animation and, hopefully, the music and story as well. The movie originally aired in Japan at the end of this past July and reception seemed to be positive, so hopefully the dub will do just as well.

Tickets for The Power of Us are actually available for the US when it comes to select theaters for a couple of dates at the end of November and December 1. We’re contemplating seeing how close by these select theaters are to us and if we want to spring to see a Pokemon movie in the theaters again. We missed seeing I Choose You in theaters, so maybe we’ll see if we can catch — pun certainly intended — this one on the big screen.

What about you? Interested in seeing Pokemon the Movie: The Power of Us?

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Meltan

The world was in a tizzy the past couple of days due to a glitched Pokemon that was found in Pokemon Go. A funky-looking Ditto with a nut on its head had players running around to capture it, only for it to transform back into a regular Ditto. Considering we haven’t played Pokemon Go since the first summer the game was introduced, we’ve been on the sidelines watching as all this unfolded.

Yesterday, the new Pokemon was officially revealed. Called Meltan, the Steel type mythical Pokemon will be available for the two Let’s Go! titles with a connection to Pokemon Go. It’s assumed that Meltan is the special Pokemon that was hinted for the Switch duo in the first Let’s Go! trailers as it demonstrated the connection they had with the mobile title.

We think the Pokemon is adorable! Having a “glitched” or “leaked” Pokemon in Pokemon Go for players to discover is definitely an interesting gimmick. We’re definitely going to keep an eye out for news about this Pokemon.

Which now begs the question… Should we give playing Pokemon Go a second chance?

What do you think of Meltan? If you play Pokemon Go, have you caught one?

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Building our Pokemon Mega Construx Collection

Despite our love of video games, sometimes you just need a break from staring at the screen. About a year ago, Rachel and I discovered Pokemon Mega Construx at our local GameStop and we’ve enjoyed building them whenever we each have a couple of hours to kill. Gyarados had been our first masterpiece, and we’ve built a few more since then.

Last night, we started building Blastoise and Charizard, two Construx kits that Rachel had gotten for her birthday earlier this month.

Blastoise had almost 100 pieces more than Charizard, so Rachel was also going to build Wartortle — which we’ve had for a few months at this point — when Charizard was finished, but we didn’t have the time to break open the Wartortle box (don’t worry, Wartortle, we will build you one day!).

We both really enjoy these puzzles and Lego-like building kits, so with Twitch’s Pokemon anime marathon playing in the background, we got to work. Initially, I think we started building like a race, but that didn’t last too long, especially since I needed Rachel’s help in finding certain pieces among my pile of blocks and Rachel needed my help in snapping some pieces together.

With the Construx, the pieces all come in several bags, and Rachel was smart to keep the pieces all in piles according to the bags. I just dumped them all out together, because that’s how organized I am. Luckily our cat Chase didn’t appear to try to “help,” since he tends to pounce on the puzzle pieces.

We’re definitely looking forward to growing our collection!

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Favorite Stories In The Pokemon Games

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Pokemon games are all about catching them all, but the core games of the series tend to have some sort of plot line. Generally, these plot lines involve all of the adults being incompetent enough to rely on a ten-year-old new trainer, especially in the face of some of the most powerful Pokemon, such as the Legendaries.

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It really makes you wonder how the adults survived, huh? Then again, I guess they see themselves as “retired” and the pre-teens need to learn how to survive in the world. I guess it makes sense in some way… still, there are always various groups of “baddies” that are trying to steal Pokemon or destroy the world for some reason.

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Obviously, the games wouldn’t be that great if our character was just on the sidelines watching the “adults” take care of everything. As kids, it was a thrill to play the role of hero. Now, though, I play the game and demand to know why everyone thought it was a good idea to let these babies save the world on their own. Even the “baddies” are always astonished at seeing a kid beat them in a Pokemon battle. The kid is lucky that the bad guys are honest enough to accept defeat that way.

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Well, if they didn’t accept defeat then the kid’s Pokemon would just kill the bad guys. Simple. And let’s be real – we all win because we save the game right before the battle just in case.

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Haha! Bringing the topic back to the stories, though, which one do you think was the better scenario? Team Rocket trying to take over Kanto? Team Rocket’s return in Johto? Team Aqua versus Team Magma in Hoenn? Team Galactic trying to… what, make a new universe? Team Plasma trying to… free all Pokemon while battling with them? Team Flare trying to destroy the world to make it beautiful again? Team Skull weren’t even the main “bad guys” for the Alola region, they were just there for comic relief while the president of the Aether Foundation goes bat-shit crazy…

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Honestly, I think I have to go with the Alola region. I feel like the story was the most fleshed out and then even more so in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon (even though it was more or less the same). I really loved Team Skull. If anything, they were just kind of a side quest or distraction from the main issues of the world. It was more in depth than the other Pokemon games, in my opinion. However, I miss Team Rocket.

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I feel as if many of the Alolan characters had fleshed out personalities (except for our character always smiling like a dork). I think I definitely preferred the plot lines from Kanto and Johto the most, especially Yellow and Crystal. Team Rocket was great, and the idea of going against Legendary Pokemon was still so new at that point. It was a treat to go and search for Mewtwo or track down the three beasts throughout the Johto region. Now there are Legendary Pokemon everywhere, especially with giveaways and such, that the stories revolving around them in newer games just doesn’t seem as special to me.

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That’s fair and I totally agree with that. Kanto and Johto were fantastic with Team Rocket. Character development and such though, I definitely have to go with Alola. Then again, all the stories in Pokemon are great in their own way.

Out of all the Pokemon main games, which story is your favorite to play in? Let us know in the comments below!

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