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The Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee Pokémon games are a bit different from the mainline series, but they will still provide some fun features for Scarlet and Violet. The latest trailer revealed a new Pokémon, Team Star and more.
One feature is literally called Let’s Go – it’s the one that lets one of your Pokémon walk alongside you as you explore the overworld. As the official Pokémon website explains, there is much more to it than that. You can send your Pokémon off in a certain direction, and they’ll pick up items and engage in Auto Battles as they explore.
Auto-battles, as the name suggests, happen automatically without the player needing to issue commands. You can send your Pokémon directly into an auto-battle against any wild Pokémon you see in the field, but it can also perform them on its own after you’ve sent it off to collect items. This sounds like a great way to passively gather experience for a new Pokémon you want to train without the need for multiple individual battles.
Another gimmick that arguably takes inspiration from Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee is the idea of rideable Pokémon. Koraidon and Miraidon, the respective new Legendary Pokémon from Scarlet and Violet, have vehicle forms that resemble motorcycles. With these, the player will be able to quickly glide around the Paldea region. There are even flying forms reminiscent of Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee’s Sky Dash.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are released on November 19, so that still gives us plenty of time to learn more about the ninth generation of Pokémon. The games are of course exclusive to the Nintendo Switch, and there will actually also be a new OLED Switch model themed after the games. Fittingly, it features a scarlet and a violet Joy-Con, a Switch unit with a graffiti-like art style, and a dock with images of Koraidon and Miraidon. It will arrive two weeks before the games on November 4th and will cost $359.99 USD.