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  • Summary: Catch Pokémon Like Never Before. The Poké Ball Plus is a Poké Ball-shaped device that can be used to play Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! in place of your Joy-Con. You'll be able to throw Poké Balls in-game with a flick of your wrist! In addition to motion controls,Catch Pokémon Like Never Before. The Poké Ball Plus is a Poké Ball-shaped device that can be used to play Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! in place of your Joy-Con. You'll be able to throw Poké Balls in-game with a flick of your wrist! In addition to motion controls, the device lights up with a variety of colors, vibrates, and plays sounds. With the Poké Ball Plus, you can also take one of your favorite Pokémon from these games for a stroll as you go about your daily life in the real world. The Poké Ball Plus even works as a Pokémon GO Plus when playing Pokémon GO.

    Pikachu or Eevee:
    Which Will You Choose?

    Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! bring the experience of a classic Pokémon RPG to Nintendo Switch with gameplay that is easily approachable for newcomers to the series, but is also deep enough to keep veteran Trainers on their toes.

    The games also have two-player simultaneous play, so you can take the journey with a friend! And there's a deep connection between Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! and Pokémon GO, so fans of the hit mobile game will find even more to enjoy.
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  1. Positive: 65 out of 84
  2. Negative: 0 out of 84
  1. Nov 19, 2018
    100
    Whether it's your Pokémon entry point or you're returning to Kanto yet again, Pokémon Let's Go is for everyone. The lame motion controls aside, this is adventure perfection, not once feeling jaded after dozens of hours' play.
  2. 90
    The game's mechanics perfectly ride the wave of success of the Pokemon GO phenomenon. Some core fans will be disappointed and that's completely fine, but the direction of Let's GO Pokemon is clear and it succeeds in its mission to provide a simple, yet addictive Pokemon game that can be enjoyable for all gamers. It's Pokemon at its addictive best and the only option is to set out and Catch 'Em All.
  3. Nov 13, 2018
    85
    Pokémon Let's Go is a true and respectful remake. This game goes back in a time machine to the root of the Pokémon series, with Game Freak doing a beautiful job to adapt the traditional mechanics to the modern age.
  4. Nov 13, 2018
    80
    Pokémon: Let’s Go’s nostalgic charm and interactive gameplay will have both newcomers and returning trainers hooked as they explore the beloved Kanto region. Let’s Go mashes together these two different styles of Pokémon game into one streamlined format, and despite some slight annoyances, these remakes provide an intimate take on the classic Pokémon journey, especially when played with the Poké Ball Plus accessory. If you’re looking for a refreshing take on the Pokémon RPG, then this one may keep you invested until you catch ’em all. It probably won’t take long though.
  5. Nov 15, 2018
    80
    Pokemon Let's Go is engineered to let youngsters play along with their parents, but there's a lot here for veterans to enjoy, too. It's relentlessly cute and colorful, and while the challenge level won't blister your skin, the new Coach Trainers will keep you hopping. We're still not sure about the Go-style method of catching wild Pokemon, but Pokemon Let's Go's ability to link-up to Niantic's app offers a quick and easy way to fill out your PokeDex. Game Freak is clearly getting the hang of the Switch, so bring on Gen VIII!
  6. Nov 13, 2018
    75
    Reconciling the classic Pokémon games with brand-new elements, Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Evoli is the perfect fit for newcomers and old-school players wishing to to play the very first games in a new manner.
  7. Dec 4, 2018
    50
    For what is supposed to be the next step forward for Pokémon, Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu! feels like it has taken a few steps back. While there are aspects of the game I do enjoy, there are also glaring issues that I cannot just ignore. Ultimately, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! needlessly simplifies core mechanics in a series that does not require such streamlining.

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  1. Jan 9, 2019
    10
    Please don't believe all the 0s on this page. This game is a gem. It's bright, fun, exciting, and has replay value if you're a pokemon fan,Please don't believe all the 0s on this page. This game is a gem. It's bright, fun, exciting, and has replay value if you're a pokemon fan, shiny hunter, or competitive battler. Having pokemon walk with you is very cute, and the attention to detail they've put in the games is crazy. If you're a pokemon fan, you owe it to yourself to play this. It IS better in handheld mode in my opinion, but it certainly is still playable in docked mode. Don't believe the negative hype. It's a great game! Expand
  2. Nov 23, 2018
    10
    Beautiful, marvellous and nostalgic. I´m very happy and proudly with Game Freak and The Pokemon Company. All days I go out my home and catchBeautiful, marvellous and nostalgic. I´m very happy and proudly with Game Freak and The Pokemon Company. All days I go out my home and catch pokemon on GO and then ,in my home,transfer my new pokemon to switch. Its so perfect.And the new level up mechanic catching is more logic (not to kill every wild pokemon).I love shiny hunting and the chain to find good ivs. Expand
  3. Nov 16, 2018
    10
    This is the BEST Pokemon game in years. It looks super clean, is a nice throwback to the old days and has plenty to do for the avid pokemonThis is the BEST Pokemon game in years. It looks super clean, is a nice throwback to the old days and has plenty to do for the avid pokemon fan. Ofcourse smogon players aren't real pokemon fans so they'll just bash this game, while its actually one of the best iterations in the franchise! I can recommend it to anyone who loves pokemon:) Expand
  4. Nov 17, 2018
    6
    esperaba mas de este juego, demasiado fácil, pokemon inicial demasiado fuerte, ya no parece un rpg, se imaginan tloz y que empieces con 999esperaba mas de este juego, demasiado fácil, pokemon inicial demasiado fuerte, ya no parece un rpg, se imaginan tloz y que empieces con 999 rupias y 3 botellas con hadas? la experiencia del juego es aburrida por lo fácil que es, no me gusto Expand
  5. Nov 16, 2018
    2
    Pokemon: Let's Go was my third most anticipated game for the switch this year, following Smash Ultimate and Civ VI on Switch. I picked it upPokemon: Let's Go was my third most anticipated game for the switch this year, following Smash Ultimate and Civ VI on Switch. I picked it up yesterday at the prerelease event. I have played and beat every main series Pokemon game a few times each, and consider myself experienced enough to write this review.
    Pokemon: Let's Go is for children and people who have never touched a Pokemon game before, not counting Pokemon Go. Nintendo promised a few times that this game would accommodate old fans of the series and still provide a fun experience. I can affirm that that is false. This is the easiest, most watered down game in the series, even if it is supposed to not count as a main series game. The game refuses to respect the intelligence of the player by not permitting you to challenge gyms if you don't have a Pokemon that is strong against the gym on your team. You are given Poke balls after nearly every battle in the overworld for no repercussions, and there are additionally a few NPCS that will refill your balls for free if you run out, like the one in Mount Moon. Your partner Pokemon is likely the most powerful creature on your side, which is odd seeing as Pikachu and Eevee both lack competitive viability. In order to improve this, the game allows you to teach some powerful, exclusive moves of any type to your partner Pokemon ensuring that you will never get stuck once during the entire game. IVs are now completely invalidated as you can pay an NPC 10,000 pokecoins to change the nature of every wild Pokemon you encounter for the next while. After every battle and wild encounter, your Pokemon automatically share experience points, a feature that you CANNOT turn off. This makes the game even easier, ensuring nobody will ever be challenged or underleveled once during their playthrough.
    Breeding, which was my favorite feature in past games, has been removed entirely. Held items and abilities are out, removing nearly every nuance from competitive battling aside from type advantages.
    There are a few things in this game I enjoy, however. The two positive points in this review are for them. The remastered music is very well done and is very immersive. I will also say that this game has the best implementation of the Switch's trademark "HD Rumble" to date. The vibrations that the joycon and the Pokeball Plus make are very convincing and realistic. I usually enjoy capturing Pokemon in the new system for the most part, and I'm sure children will adore it, but it is NOT a replacement for the old one. The gameplay when capturing Pokemon is very unengaging. In practically all of my encounters I just alternated between throwing a Razz Berry and a Poke ball each time until I captured the Pokemon. The nuance is completely gone.
    Do not buy this game. Do not buy this game for your child. Do not buy this game for a friend who likes Pokemon Go. Show these people a good Pokemon game and introduce them to the series properly. If this game sells well, and Nintendo refuses to listen to the community, I truly hate to think of what the next Pokemon game will bring.
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  6. May 13, 2019
    0
    Que mal refrito, literal es lo mismo que la entrega pasada, ¿que paso con nintendo? ¿Porque no hubo majia ni innovavion?, menudo juego masQue mal refrito, literal es lo mismo que la entrega pasada, ¿que paso con nintendo? ¿Porque no hubo majia ni innovavion?, menudo juego mas cutre 0/10 Expand
  7. Nov 16, 2018
    0
    It's been awhile since i've used Metacritic account. However i can't just put up with this disappointing release of a new Pokemon game and ifIt's been awhile since i've used Metacritic account. However i can't just put up with this disappointing release of a new Pokemon game and if this is how future installments will go, I will probably lose my interest in a franchise. Let's Go Pikachu gives me less content than a game that is 10 years old, which has the same region and pokemon, while adding another bunch from other mons from second generations and a transfer mechanic from third. As graphics go, this game looks like a Chinese mobile game from 2016 with blur effects and no Online support for in-game movement, speaking of movements, other Pokemon games especially if we compare with sun and moon installments are thumbed down, probably for nostalgia goggles purposes to make parents buy this game for their children due to it's simplicity. Game's simplicity makes it look like much worse than any other newer installments, that people ignored. If you want a better experience, but never played a pokemon game before, I would suggest start from Pokemon X and Y on 3DS and play from there and it costs much less.
    As for this game, Avoid.
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