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Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! - Nintendo Switch-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 2143 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love this game

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    Miserys
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    I enjoy the partner mechanic dearly, but the game has little identity of its own because every supplementary mechanic feels gimmicky or unfinished. Also, despite getting a fresh coat of paint, every world design issue carried over from previous renditions of Kanto is in full effect. Getting around is a slog, with mazelike towns, unmemorable route layouts, and dense trainer placement that'll waste 5-10 minutes of your time on your first bout through and area. More nit-picky complaints: - Abilities are gone, yet the game gives the player plenty of tools to micromanage Pokemon stat growth. - You're only given access to the original 151 Pokemon, even when attempting to transfer Gen 2 & 3 Pokemon caught in GO. - The catching mini-game is a neat concept, but it feels disconnected from Pokemon battling entirely. Gamefreak seems aware of this too as they attach a battle to every wild Snorlax encounter before you enter the catching mini-game. - A lot of models have fidelity problems made apparent by the new shading style. - There's a lack of trainer Pokemon variety. You'll see team composition overlap between most trainer classes. - Shifting all of the game's HM functions to a single Pokemon hardly feels believable. - OST feels sparse with several tracks being re-used in Let's Go's more unique areas. Composition is similarly lackluster. - Designs/concepts from HG:SS have been retconned in favor of using Red/Green/Blue designs. Despite that, there are several areas where visuals deviate from its source material, coming at odds with its older designs. - Random encounters have been removed outright. I'd be fine with a change like this if it weren't visually jarring to see an Onix run around a cramped space. Pokemon animations aren't polished enough to be convincing in the overworld yet. - Running feels unresponsive at times. You have to keep the joystick tilted as far as it'll go at all times, otherwise your character will begin walking. - Can't play with the Switch Pro controller or both Joycons undocked. - Catching minigame is made harder by Pokemon who warp around the screen. Gesture commands aren't accurate enough to warrant the added difficulty. However, playing with the Switch undocked gives players access to Gyro aiming, allowing players to move their camera around freely and throw Poke-balls at the press of a button. Why exactly can't something similar be replicated for other control schemes?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Your Mileage My Vary

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    wraith2021
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    Wasn’t too hot on this game at first, but now that I’ve progressed further in I’m liking it more. Traditional battles versus other trainers are still part of the game, it’s just that the method for encountering and catching wild Pokémon has been changed to the Go method of throwing balls and using berries to calm them down. I’m not a fan of the fact that Pokémon go into your inventory now and must be managed like other items, sending copies of Pokémon to Professor Oak in exchange for stat boosting candies. I’ve yet to run out of space for Pokémon so I don’t know if it’s possible to run out of room for them. So far this game has been a mostly faithful re-creation of Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow with some glaring changes (like no more annoying Gary). This time around the player gets to name your rival, if you want to call him that, and he’s less of an antagonist like Gary and more like another ordinary kid out to be a Pokémon Master. Only time will tell if he changes. I also love that they have Alola forms of Pokémon in this game from Pokémon Sun and Moon. I’ve discovered that you can import Pokémon from Pokémon Go into Pokémon Let’s Go: Pikachu/Eevee (but only Pokémon from the Kanto region and, for whatever reason, Meltan). After doing this for the first time, I got a Mysterious Box in Pokémon Go that, after using, started making Meltan appear at my feet. The effect lasted for 30 minutes and I managed to catch 15 of them before the effect wore off. Now that I know that this works, I don’t need to worry about version exclusive Pokémon AND I’ll be able to get Pokémon that normally you could only get once per playthrough (such as the Fossil Pokémon or Eevee’s evolutions).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best "mainline" non-mainline Pokemon title

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    Tiberius523
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    I have played Pokemon games since the beginning on the Game boy so believe me when I say that Pokemon Lets Go is a wonderful addition to the Pokemon series. Pokemon Lets Go is not merely a remake of GB Pokemon Yellow, but includes several news features that breathes new life in a franchise that has become stale in the last few years (with the exception of Sun & Moon). My favorite is that you can see Pokemon in the wild, a concept that would have blown my 8 year old mind back in the day. The fact that I can also choose when to encounter Pokemon relieves much of the grind from the old games. The catching mechanic is probably the newest and most controversial feature of this game. Instead of battling each wild Pokemon to a pulp and catching them, now a player must simply throw a pokeball and some candies to catch. I was not sold on the new mechanic until I tried it for myself, and I have to say, I really love it, especially with the pokeball plus accessory. The same exhilarating feeling of "will I or won't I" catch that pokemon never gets old. That is not to say there are no turn based series traditional Pokemon battles. With a plethora of trainers ready to battle at a moments notice, I never felt deprived. Throw in the best Pokemon graphics we've ever seen in a main line game, and you have a wonderful title for both the young and young at heart.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    not casual. actually hardcore

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    Rudy
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    so ive played about 3 hours or 4 i think. graphics: they went for a cell shaded look. i put my oled on HDR color mode and things pop nicely. the graphics are much better in person than watching youtube. very pretty in person. albiet a bit simple looking. difficulty: ok...whoever said this was casual trash is wrong. catching pokemon is even harder now than in the real games. even weak pokemon dont like to get caught and many jump around making motion control throwing hard. not to mention the battles are just as strategic or maybe more. to me this game feels a bit tougher and more rewarding than the original on the gameboy. con: so far the biggest "issue" is you cant fight random people online. only friends.oh wait... you can fight with anyone BUT they have to know the special code you make up in order to link. so i suppose if you find a community of people who want to play you can exchange the code and fight them. i would have liked a just basic random person finder though. i like how catching shiny pokemon works or getting high IV pokemon. you have to chain catch pokemon. and honestly some of the pokemon as super hard to catch. so there a is much depth in this game.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An awesome recreation of a classic!

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    Joshua
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    I grew up in the 90's. I was 13 when Pokemon Red & Blue dropped and 14 when I first played Pokemon Yellow (or Pokemon Pikachu as I called it). This game has brought back so many wonderful memories of my childhood and allowed me to pass a little bit of my childhood onto my little ones. My wife and I play this in co-op too, which is an awesome and totally unnecessary feature that I'm extremely happy they've added. It makes battles a little easy, but it's worth it to spend time together enjoying the game. The game is gorgeous. The graphics are great and probably my favorite thing about this game is seeing all of the old environments, Pokemon, and characters, recreated for today's console generation. The battle animations are awesome as well. If there's anything I don't love about this game, it's the soundtrack. The music is an orchestrated version of the music from the old Gameboy games, which is awesome, but it's just a lot more repetitive and a tad bit more obnoxious than it's 8-bit counterpart. I turned the volume down on the music so that the music during the longer trainer battles wouldn't get on our nerves. Pretty small complaint for such a great game, and a quick fix at that. I'm super stoked for the next big Pokemon game but this game is great in it's own way. Definitely worth playing for new and returning fans of the franchise.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Step Up for Pokemon

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    Ivan
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    This review is for those that may be confused as to what you're getting with this entry. Many people seem to be confused and think that this is Pokemon Go but on the Switch. The only thing that has carried over from Go is the catching/fighting mechanic and the stats. Other then those things, its essentially like the older entries but with many improvements. Leveling up Pokemon is mostly done through catching Pokemon as fighting doesn't yield much exp and you're only allowed to fight trainers. This is something that many will see as a set back as you no longer fight Pokemon to catch them. I agree with this sentiment and believe they should allow us to fight Pokemon. Every stat can be maxed now and allows Pokemon that were once useless to be viable now. I personally like this change as the old glass canons and tanks limited what Pokemon were worth using. Pokemon are now able to be seen in the wild and this brings the game that much closer to the anime series and brings lots of life to the series. There are no longer anymore random encounters as well. I think the game is very well done with some annoyances specifically the catching mechanic, but other then that its a game Pokemon fans shouldn't miss out. I hope this review gives you more insight into the game and helps you decide whether this game is for you or not.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Much Needed Change

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    Ivan
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    Pokemon Let's Go is aimed at a more casual fan base, but that doesn't mean that hardcore players won't enjoy this game. Its very much in every way the same games that Game Freak has been making since the very first game, but with some elements from Pokemon Go added. There are no longer any wild encounters as Pokemon are seen roaming around. This makes the world seem much more alive and it means that you get to choose whether you want to encounter Pokemon or not. You no longer fight Pokemon that roaming about to catch them or gain experience, as now you have to catch them the same way that its done in Pokemon Go. This change may come off as a bad one, but the catching mechanic adds a new layer of fun with the exception of motion controls in docked mode. There are still trainers to fight, badges to earn, as well as the elite 4 to take on, making this as much of a core game like the last entry. Its a remake of Yellow and its definitely a step in the right direction. Pokemon fans whether new or old will have much to enjoy from this title and I highly recommend it. Enjoy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Game for New Pokemon Masters!

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    Zera
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    Purchased this as a Christmas Gift for someone who had never played the Pokemon Games growing up. The recipient had never shown interest in any of the previous Pokemon Games but has found great enjoyment in playing Lets Go: Pikachu! Originally purchased an Xbox One X as a Christmas Gift for recipient but in less than 24 hours wanted to trade it in for the Nintendo Switch and Pokemon Go: Let's Go Pikachu! Edition. Gameplay is friendly and easy to understand for new Pokemon players, and engaging enough for players who are more drawn towards the reaction type gameplay versus pure turn-based that Pokemon is known for. The catching Mechanics, while unique to this branch of Pokemon was expressed to be exciting, challenging and engaging enough to entertain my FPS-Oriented Husband! Purchased the Digital Download Code version and the Code was printed to my Receipt as well as directly e-mailed to me in-case I'd lost the Receipt. The email was already waiting for me at home!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun, simpler version of Pokemon

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    JoeBowGo
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    I was a little skeptical about this game even when it was announced because of the influence from Pokemon GO but I have to say I am pleasantly surprised. There are no more random encounters in tall grass instead Pokemon appear so you can see which Pokemon are around. While there is no battling with wild pokemon (the game uses the Pokemon GO way of catching Pokemon, chuck balls at it and feed it berries to make it easier to catch) I actually don't really miss it. Going through caves was actually pleasant without fighting off 100's of Zubats. Training up Pokemon is also easier since everyone in your Party gets XP. You still battle other trainers and you battle the Gyms/Elite 4 like previous games. As a whole I probably still prefer the older style of Pokemon but this game is actually a lot of fun to play. **There are slight differences in Pikachu and Eevee. You get the cover Pokemon as your starter (duh) and each game has a handful of version exclusives.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Looks to be a decent game

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    JRod
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    Our family plans Pokemon Go together, so it seemed natural to pickup Pokemon Let's Go for Switch. I haven't really played it much myself, but I've watched my son play it quite a bit. He's 9 years old, and he loves it. The graphics are good, and it seems to play s lot like the mobile game. Which is to say, it seems a little simplistic to me for a switch game, but again, he loves it. It is also cool that you can transfer Pokemon from the mobile game to the Switch game. But we haven't actually gotten to that yet, as there is only 1 location in the game where this can be done. I think I'll give the game a try if I can find the time. In the meantime, it'll be entertaining my son. Also, we were interested in the Pokeball Plus (?) accessory, but at $50, seems way too expensive to me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good game, bad motion controls.

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    JambaJuiceLayah
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    This game is great. The story is the same Kanto story, the Pokemon are all the same, besides the Alolan forms, and the music is fantastic. It looks good, it plays well, and the capture mechanic + exp. share DOES NOT ruin the core experience. There are elements to bring in GO and new players, like the Partner Pokemon and the inclusion of all three starters available after the second gym battle, but you can take them out of your party for a more strict playthrough. My gripe with the game is the half-baked motion control capturing. Any Pokemon that moves off center is bound to waste 5-7 of your Great Balls (which are 300 currency each) as the aiming system goes completely wack. Aim for the Pokemon on the right, the ball will fly to the left.... It's just not very good considering how much time they had to fix this and how it was advertised. Absolutely crap.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    New spin on an old game

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    Ninja
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    Starting off, you can choose a male or female character, which you get to slightly customize the looks for. I was a little disappointed that you couldn't do the same for your rival. As you progress through the game, you can get various costumes for yourself and your Pokemon. You can have a buddy and an additional Pokemon out of the pokeball, which you can ride or have follow you. A slightly different mix of Pokemon appear in the various areas and rather than battle to catch them, you use a system similar to Pokemon Go to catch, but the Pokemon in your team gain experience when you catch. At some point, you can even add the new Pokemon Meltan to your Pokemon Go account. I could go on, but it's best to experience for yourself. Overall, a great game for noobs and for veteran Pokemon players alike.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Poor rehash of classic game

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    Menotyou
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    This is an incredibly dumbed down version of a classic game, except it lost all the style and nuance that made it classic. It's not even a complete update, the game still uses the original Pokemon sprites for menus (which just looks lazy and out of date, considering it's supposed to be an update). The fighting animation is still the same old looks as always, virtually NO updates (which again is lazy) and while Nintendo has access to all the sounds from the anime, they still choose to use the same 8bit pathetic sounds for all the Pokemon since the games inception. Not to mention that the removal of ALL Pokemon random battles ruins the experience. The only battles are trainer battles. This is a sad and pathetic "update" and if this is sign of where the series is going .... I am sad to say, I will not be following.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nostalgia and Fun in a Great Package

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    scarboy6693
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    I went into this game pretty skeptical after learning it had been dumbed down a bit compared to old Pokemon games and will be incorporating elements from Pokemon go. I decided to give it a chance anyway and I've enjoyed every minute of it. It is easier than previous games but you still do need to know about the different types of pokemon and what's weak or strong for the opponent you're battling. Being able to see the pokemon while walking around makes the game feel less grindy since you knew exactly when you were about to get into catching a wild pokemon. My one complaint is regarding the controls. I've mostly played the game in handheld mode, but playing it docked only works with a single joycon or the Pokeball Plus so if you were hoping to just play it with the pro controller. Hoping an update fixes this

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Pokemon game hands down.

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    YoungRoman
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    I’m going to start with the positive and then bring it down by some slight issues, the good stuff: Graphics - pretty good compared to the old Pokémon games. Gameplay - fairly smooth, catching Pokémon is simple and easy, story mode is entertaining. You’ll spend hours playing through the story mode! Great selection of Pokémon, they don’t have the newer post Kanto Pokémon but still cool! This game and pokken tournament are the best on the switch !! Now the downside: Game is wayyy too easy! Like every attack I do kills the opponent almost instantly .. :( another minor issue it lags sometimes or takes forever loading everytime you go inside a building, I wish they would add more stuff to do in the game? Maybe online fighting ? Or perhaps more add ons or extra features. Overall 9/10 game !! Must have .

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Gotta catch 'em all...

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    TheMauler2000
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    My 6 year old son LOVES Pokemon, so naturally, when he got a switch for his birthday, this was the first game we bought him; he loves it, and I love that he can now read through the wonders of public education, so I don't have to read every line of dialogue. The controls are easy, and he loves catching Pokemon. Battles are simplistic, and the story seems on par with any other type of Pokemon story that's been in previous games/tv shows/movies, etc. Graphics are great, and the ability to take this on the go is fantastic. You also have several control options, depending on your style or the type of play (on tv vs handheld, etc.). I would definitely recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Game!

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    ThatOneGuy
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    This is the first Pokemon game I've played since FireRed and LeafGreen. I tried getting into the 3DS titles, but just felt overwhelmed by the amount of Pokemon and features available. I decided to pick this game up to try and reignite my love of Pokemon games and it's definitely working! Yeah it's much more simplified than previous releases, but I don't mind at all. I do miss being able to battle wild Pokemon and then catching them. I love that you can see the wild Pokemon walking around in the grass and need to approach them in order to initiate an encounter. It also looks gorgeous. Can't wait for the next main title to release!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Great Kanto Journey!

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    ScrimaGames
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    A game being able to make someone smile and bring joy through the majority of the gameplay is pretty incredible. Pokemon Let’s Go captured the essence of Pokemon and what it would feel like to be a Pokemon trainer. My first Pokemon game was Red version, and I grew up with gen 1, especially watching the Pokemon anime often. So this game took me on a nostalgic trip I wouldn’t soon forget. Pokemon Let’s Go deserves a rating of 9 out of 10. For a more detaield review, see below: Video Review of the Game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-lgxuFVDiI Podcast Review: https://open.spotify.com/episode/4ylaE6bYmIBj0xE3PhouEt?si=I4l2UmosTVCcB6FVmCLHJw

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A fun game for young new comers

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    TSAtlas
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    I bought this for my niece. As someone who's been playing Pokemon for over a decade and am into the competetive scene, I wasn't interested in let's go at all. That said, my niece, who adores pikachu, certainly loved it. I got to sit down and help her out, playing through a game I've played through many times already, but rather than being about the game it was about her, and she had a lot of fun. I can't recommend it to players like me, but if you know a young one who likes Pokemon and you want to get them into it, well then, this experience is for them. And that's okay. This game may not be meant for hardcore players, it's meant for those getting into the series.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Updated Nostalgia

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    shadowedice
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    I am very impressed with Let's Go Eevee/Pikachu. It is more or less Pokemon Yellow that has been updated with modern graphics and a few quality of life adjustments. Team Rocket now appears in the game to guide a new player on where they should probably go next. You can get what use to be limited items like fossils multiple times after beating the elite four. The only thing I am still unsure about is the catching mechanic. I do miss fighting the random pokemon and weakening them down to just a sliver of health before catching them. On the other hand, it is a lot nicer to just be able to throw a ball and avoid the overkill situation of a rare pokemon.

    I would recommend this to a friend