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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Top Tuesday: Favorite Features In Pokemon Let’s Go! Games

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

A couple weeks ago, Nintendo announced two new Pokemon games for the Nintendo Switch titled Let’s Go! Pikachu and Let’s Go! Eevee.

Both games look fantastic and I can’t wait to play them. From the trailer and what they’ve told us thus far about the games, here’s what I’m looking forward to the most.

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3. Co-op Mode

I can’t express how much Kris and I have wanted to play a mainstream Pokemon game together side by side on the same cartridge. While it doesn’t seem like we’ll be able to link up the two games together, it’ll be great to see our characters side by side battling together.

2. Exploring the Kanto region again

When Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow came out, I wasn’t old enough to really play the games and understand them. I mean, I could barely read. So, my Pokemon journey started in the Johto region. As I got older, I played Pokemon Blue and Yellow (I still don’t have my own copy of Red… sad day). I enjoyed them. Then FireRed and LeafGreen came out for the Gameboy Advance. It was great to revisit the original region. Now we’ll be able to explore the region in all its 3D, vivid glory. And I can’t wait.

1. Interacting with your Pokemon

It’s great to have a Pokemon out and following you around (or chilling on your shoulder) but it’s another thing to have that Pokemon out as well as a second Pokemon. While I would love the opportunity to play with all my Pokemon rather than just Pikachu or Eevee, but I’ll take what I can get. The graphics are so realistic and it’s awesome to have two Pokemon out by your side at all times and to interact with both of them at different levels.

What’s your favorite part about these games? Let me know in the comments below!

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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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Friday Favorites: Autumn Levels

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

Being the beginning of October and living in New England means that it’s around the time the tree leaves begin to change color. Red, orange, and yellow leaves make it so pretty outside… and video game graphics nowadays are almost just as good.

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Fall in Pokemon Black and White/Black 2 and White 2

I’ll admit, Unova is not a Pokemon generation that I have played through. Honestly, it’s probably my least favorite region in the core Pokemon games. However, I did like the season mechanic and I always thought that fall looked and sounded really nice in those games. That, and it was always fun to wander through the leaf piles!

Maple Treeway from Mario Kart Wii

Mario Kart is a fantastic series, even if racing is not my usual genre of choice. Maple Treeway, where you race around through fall foliage and giant tree limbs, is one of my favorite tracks, both visually and as a challenge.

Akkala Region in Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of the most gorgeous games I’ve ever played. It’s very difficult to pinpoint my favorite area of the open world. However, the Akkala region does have some very autumn vibes. The trees have the red and orange colors and leaves decorate the ground, giving the area a striking look as you paraglide above it or ride through on your horse of choice.

What are your favorite autumn levels in video games?

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Preferred Gender Tropes

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday, everyone!

Have you ever noticed if the gender of the protagonist effects the game? Perhaps one gender has better stats or different powers or something as simple as clothing options?

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Many games, particularly RPGs, allow the player to choose between playing a male or a female protagonist. While most games tend not to have much of a difference between the genders, there are some games that can be skewed to favor one over the other.

One of the most notable examples that I’ve heard of Harvest Moon 3. While I’ve never played the game myself, I have heard that the game is cut short as soon as you marry while playing as a female. While, as a male, you get married and can continue working on your farm, as well as get a child. Granted, each gender had different perks — males tended to be better with the farmland, while females were better with the animals — but why would the game just end if you get married as a female?

Different stats in games, such as the Fire Emblem franchise, favor one gender over the other as well. Males tend to have higher strength and defense while females are better with magic and speed. In many Fire Emblem games, some character classes are restricted as well — only males can be fighters while females can be pegasus knights, for example. One of my favorite aspects of the Fates trio is that these class restrictions were lifted, and I was disappointed when Echoes brought them back.

In hindsight, being a remake, Echoes probably brought the class restrictions back in order to be as faithful as it could to the original. With that said, though, I do wish it was updated to not only lift those restrictions, but also lift the healer restrictions. In the very beginning of the game, if you are following Alm’s story and have Faye with you, she has one less class promotion available than the boys. Archer is not available for her, yet when she was introduced to the Fire Emblem Heroes mobile game, archer is her class rather than cleric.

If the female gender is favored over the male, it tends to be for aesthetic reasons. In Pokemon X and Y, the female character has almost double the amount of clothing and hair options. The Sims franchise also tended to have gender options based on aesthetics only — with jobs and skill building being exactly the same across the board — but Sims 4 took this a step forward to allow transgender sims and lift the gender restrictions on all the clothing and hair options.

Perhaps one of my favorite aspects of Stardew Valley is how absolutely little your gender matters. No NPCs treat your character differently no matter what gender they are and your skills do not depend on your gender. You can also marry whatever eligible NPC you want, no matter the gender.

Any games that you’ve played that tend to favor one gender over another?

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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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