With Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! still a handful of months away, there's still an awful lot that we don't know about the latest pocket monster-catching titles. One of these unknown areas is how the games will connect to other titles; we know that there will be interaction with mobile sensation Pokémon GO, but what about other mainline entries?
Speaking in an upcoming issue of Famitsu (with some early snippets kindly translated by NintendoEverything), Game Freak's Junichi Masuda has hinted at the possibility of forward compatibility. It appears that Masuda was asked about how players might be able to trade Pokémon from the Let's Go titles to others - here's his response:
“There have been times where you couldn’t bring Pokémon over from previous titles – I imagine that created some bad memories. I want to try and change that, if I can.
He's clearly avoiding committing to the idea fully, but the fact that he has even mentioned that possibility in an interview suggests it's rather likely to happen. Of course, if it does indeed happen, this means that players will likely be able to transfer their favourite Pokémon from the Let's Go titles to the upcoming main RPG next year. If you're grabbing a Poké Ball Plus - this means you'll have a way of transferring the elusive Mew over, too.
Masuda also provided a small comment on the 2019 core RPG release, suggesting that Game Freak is still treating the game primarily as a handheld experience with players using their own individual systems.
“As for the 2019 title, we’re working with the idea that everyone will be playing on their own Switch. It’ll have the same kind of feeling as the previous games on handheld systems.”
Would you like to see the Pokémon Let's Go titles connect with the 2019 RPG? Or are you not too fussed about transferring your collection of monsters from one game to another? Let us know with a comment below.