Update: After the initial confusion mentioned in this article below, with The Pokémon Company's president mentioning that they "don't have any plans" to use the Nintendo Switch online service despite contradicting reports, a new statement has now confirmed that the service will in fact be needed to access online battles and trading. Well, at least that's sorted.


Original Article: Naturally, the reveal of Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! has raised just about as many questions as it did answers. There are some things that were pretty clear from the trailer - such as Pokémon GO's catching mechanic being implemented and that the game will take place in the region of Kanto - but some other areas of the games were a little less certain.

Luckily, The Pokémon Company has shared a Q and A online that took place after the reveal press conference in Tokyo. In this Q and A, press got the chance to ask Pokémon president Tsunekazu Ishihara, and GAME FREAK directors Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori, for some finer details.

During this talk, the creators confirmed that the original 151 Pokémon will be appearing, as well as some Alolan forms of those creatures, and a brand new, never-before-seen Pokémon will be making its debut. They also confirmed that traditional battles with wild Pokémon have been completely scrapped for these titles in favour of the Pokémon GO system, but trainer battles remain.

Q: With Pokémon appearing on the field and the catching gameplay being more similar to Pokémon GO, does that mean there are not any wild Pokémon battles?

Mr. Masuda: With these games, we're really focused on clicking the Joy-Con to throw the Poké Balls to catch Pokémon. We decided to get rid of the wild Pokémon battles to catch them, but we still have Trainer battles with a variety of difficulty where you use your Pokémon in battle.

They also confirmed that wireless trading and battle features will be present - although you'll need two Switch consoles to do this, of course - and briefly mentioned the fact that multiple users will be able to have their own save files with one copy of the game. This is a first for the series.

Q: Now that these games are on Nintendo Switch, it's possible for multiple accounts to use the same device. Can multiple people play the same game? Or will it be similar to the handheld games where you can have only one player per game?

Mr. Ohmori: You can have multiple accounts on the Nintendo Switch, so each account can have its own save file. For example, if you have siblings they can play on their own accounts.

One final answer of note talked about the Nintendo Switch Online service in conjunction with these titles, and despite numerous sources stating otherwise, Mr. Ishihara stated that they "don't have any plans to use this online service right now". The future of online functionalities within Pokémon titles has been a cause of concern for fans of the series since the online subscription was first revealed, but it seems we might not find out how it'll all work until the next core game arrives in 2019.

So, what do you think of all this latest information? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to give the whole Q and A a read if you're interested.

[via pokemon.com]