The Nintendo switch is an innovative and versatile system. It contains motion-sensitive controllers, a smart docking system so it can easily be used as a handheld console and perhaps most importantly it has a Pokemon game!
Pokemon Go Pikachu/Eevee
The game is basically a modern remake of the original pokemon yellow game. It follows a similar approach to that game and for that reason, it is an awesome nostalgia kick. Taking us all back to our childhood playing in black and green on the original game boy.
This is the modern world
Although it might be immediately familiar in many ways it is the evolution of the franchise we have all been waiting for. This isn’t a top-down adventure, this is a fully realised 3d world. Long grass, actually looks like long grass. When you are wondering through it you actually see Pokemon and they are to scale as well.
These aren’t the only changes, although these alone are enough to make for an amazing game. When you encounter live pokemon you no longer battle them but instead, you simply try and capture them. This is done by tossing pokeballs and you can do this using the motion controllers, immersing you in the game like never before.
Collecting swathes of Pokemon is one of the primary ways you level up your team (which, by the way, you can switch up, even in the middle of a dungeon) you trade them in in order to receive candies which you can then use to level up your team. Consequently, you need a lot more Pokeballs. I was sceptical at first, but now I don’t miss battling wild pokemon anymore.
Get yourself connected
Among the many ways that the game has evolved, it has also become more connected than ever before. Obviously, the changes in wifi and the fact that the Switch is a far more modern console make transfers and social interactions far easier but it is the links to Pokemon Go that help it stand out.
The mobile game took the world by storm when it was released. In that game, you wander around the real world collecting various Pokemon. The good news is that if you collect any of the Hoenn region Pokemon you can transfer them into your game. This gives you a chance to get rare pokemon in your game plus it gives you an excuse to get out of the house for five minutes.
The fly in the ointment
If I have one small criticism of the game it is that it is a little bit on the easy side. You level up pretty quickly and there are seldom trainers that will cause you too much in the way of trouble, especially if you have a balanced team. Admittedly I think this is by design. I think the game was intended to be accessible to all players.
The future of pokemon
The next set of games in the series will also be coming to the Switch named Sword and Shield. Those are set to be released at the end of this year and are much anticipated. It will be interesting to see if the games innovate or just tell a different story and include new Pokemon. It will also be interesting to see if the Pokemon introduced in the game will be backward compatible. If you are anything like me you want as big a roster of critters as possible. After all, variety is the spice of life. In my opinion, they should double down on the breeding mechanics. There is an interesting meta game there all by itself and this could be exploited to give players hours of extra content if handled right. That level of detail is what makes games “next-level”