He said, she said: Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! is an enhanced remake of 1998's Pokemon Yellow for Game Boy and Game Boy Color.Nintendo

The next major Pokémon instalment isn’t due until next fall, but in the meantime Nintendo and developer Game Freak are sating fans’ appetites with Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go Eevee!, a pair of Switch games billed as enhanced remakes of the 20-year-old classic Pokémon Yellow and influenced by the popular Pokemon Go mobile app.

I’ve played some Pokémon in my day, but I’m not the pocket monster expert in my house. That honour goes to my daughter. We both spent some time playing Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, then sat down to have a little chat about it, talking about everything from the way this entry is focused more on catching than battling to Nintendo’s new Poké Ball Plus controller, which was designed and marketed specifically for these two games. Here’s a transcript of our discussion.

Me: So, you never played Pokémon Yellow, which is the game that Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! remakes. Your only references are more recent entries in the series. Does this game feel much different than what you’re used to?

Kid: Well, this one is less complex, which is good, I guess. But it’s probably my second favourite Pokémon game. Pokémon X is my favourite. I was a lot younger when I played that, but I liked that there was more to do in towns. It kind of spiced things up. So I like that this one is a bit simpler and easy to get into, but I also miss the other stuff you can do.

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