Let’s Go… games aim to bring back the casuals


If you don’t like Pokémon then I’m so sorry for whatever happened to you. I, on the other hand, have enough exuberance left in me that I’m genuinely excited for the upcoming launch of the new Pokémon games, Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! 

And you know what? I was lucky enough to play the game at Gamescom ahead of its Nintendo Switch release on November 16.

I’m ready to fucking go.

Eww, Pokémon?

Quiet yourself. For a generation of gamers, playing Pokémon Blue, Red, Yellow, Silver or Gold was a formative experience. In fact, it can be hard to remember just how huge the franchise was when it first came out – TV shows, movies, merchandise; it was everywhere.

After a few quieter (but still successful) years, the series catapulted back into the public’s imagination with Pokémon GO, an AR-enabled smartphone experience that has been download more than 800 million times.

Off the back of this and the unexpected triumph of the Switch (it sold 17.8 million units in a year), this an ideal time for Nintendo to update its famous franchise.