Released in 2018 for the Nintendo Switch, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! marked a significant departure from the traditional Pokémon formula. One notable feature was the inclusion of the “Photodex,” allowing players to capture snapshots of their in-game adventures. This feature facilitated a novel way for trainers to interact with their Pokémon companions, emphasizing the bond between the player and their virtual creatures. The Photodex featured a variety of poses and expressions for each Pokémon, providing a dynamic and personalized touch to the captured moments. Beyond mere aesthetics, the photographs also contributed to the gameplay by earning players in-game currency and items, adding a rewarding dimension to the photography mechanics.
The game leveraged the capabilities of the Nintendo Switch’s motion controls, allowing players to simulate the act of throwing Poké Balls to catch Pokémon in the wild. This intuitive and immersive approach mirrored the mechanics of the wildly popular mobile game Pokémon GO, bridging the gap between the two experiences. The integration of the Poké Ball Plus accessory further heightened the interactive elements, allowing players to physically feel the vibrations of a captured Pokémon. With its simplified mechanics, vibrant visuals, and innovative use of the Nintendo Switch’s features, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! presented a unique and accessible entry point to the Pokémon series, attracting both seasoned trainers and newcomers alike.