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rsbhj

Hi

I have bought my kids a switch lite each for xmas, 5 yrs and 8yrs old.

They are both new to Nintendo and Pokemon (Main console PS4). I was wonder which is best to get them Pokemon Lets Go pikachu or Pokemon Sword?

Is is better to get the 5yr old Lets Go and 8 yr old sword?

Thanks

rsbhj

Anti-Matter

@rsbhj
Pokemon games are rated Everyone by ESRB, CERO A in Japan, PEGI 7 on Europe so any Pokemon games are suitable for all ages including your 5 and 8 years kids.

Pokemon Let's Go games were focused on Kanto region Pokemons (150+) with some Alolan variations on some Pokemons and those games require throwing Pokeballs everytime you encounter any Pokemons.
If playing by docked, your kids must aiming the Pokeballs toward Pokemons by swinging one Joy Con just like swinging Wii mote to TV.
If playing in handheld mode, your kids must aiming the Pokeballs by gyro / controlling the left analogue to aim.

Pokemon Sword / Shield are main Pokemon games with more than 500 Pokemons and Battle with every single challengers on the street and inside Gym Arenas or random battle in the grass just like older games. Unlike previous Pokemon games, you can see clearly the wild Pokemons that wandering around the grass so you can decide to battle with them or run away from them.

Your kids need to know basic knowledge of choosing the right attack especially elemental attacks that have their strength and weakness. For example, if your kids playing with Pikachu (Lightning elemental), the Lightning attacks will do double damage on Water / Flying Pokemons since water is vulnerable with lightning attacks but will not affect on Earth Pokemons since ground is absorbing the electricity. Same things also like Fire Pokemons are strong against Grass Pokemons but weak against Water / Ice attacks.

Happy playing. ūüėÄ
Hopefully your kids will enjoy the Pokemon games.

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rsbhj

Is there a better one to start on tho? Should you play Lets Go first if new to switch and Pokemon or would it not matter?

rsbhj

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@rsbhj
Whichever version doesn't matter because they are completely different games with completely different story.
The thing to deliberate is are your kids ready to catch and collect Kanto region only (150+ Pokemons) from Pokemon Let's Go and must be ready to waggle the Joy Con when playing in docked mode ?
In Pokemon Let's Go, you cannot fight with the wild Pokemons. Instead, you have catch them with Pokeballs. By doing so you will get EXP points to level up the Pokemons you bring.
But there is still some Battle with challengers and Gym leaders, same as mainline Pokemon games.

Or are they ready to catch and collect more than 500+ Pokemons from region Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, Kalos, Alola and Galar region on Pokemon Sword / Shield with standard mainline Pokemon games (no waggle the Joy Con, you can capture the Pokemons but they have to be weaken first) ?
The thing your kids to know is using Gigantamax Mode on the right time during Raid Battle and Gym leaser battle.
Your kids must know when they can use Gigantamax Mode.
Also, Pokemon Sword / Shield have Expansion Pass, added with new places, new Pokemons, returning Legendary Pokemons, etc.

The choice is depend on how many Pokemons do your kids want to capture.
If they want to capture Pokemons from region after Kanto, consider Pokemon Sword / Shield.
If they are really newbie about Pokemons, consider Pokemon Let's Go first as it only have 150+ Pokemons.
Given by challenge to catch more than 500 Pokemons, i'm afraid it might make them shocked and changed their minds.

Well, you can discuss with your kids and let them decide which one they want to play first (Show them the gameplay from Youtube, find the no commentary video gameplay)
Happy gaming. ūüėÄ

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rsbhj

Thanks, I have no idea what any that was about apologies for my ignorance, but thanks for the info. Kids are new to Pokemon games prob just look at me if I repeat all that to them.

I'll show them a demo on youtube, I just wondered if one was better to start with over the other.

It is Switch Lites they will both be playing on

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Mr_Humpf

As a parent myself, there's a lot of rambling text to read in Sword / Shield. My eight year old can read it, but it frustrates him that there's so much of it. By comparison, the text in Let's go is much more concise. There's a free demo of Let's Go that you can download to see if you like it. Personally I would go with Let's Go for the five year old and Sword / Shield for the eight year old. I have two boys the same age and we have both Let's Go Pikachu and Pokemon Sword with the expansion pass. They both play both games.

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toiletduck

I haven't played either, but Let's Go is supposed to be more aimed at the younger/less experienced demographic. Therefore that seems like your safest bet.

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rsbhj

Thanks for the replies, that's great. I'll run it past them via a demo and youtube see what they think. My thinking was Lets Go for my 5 yr old. I'll see how my other thread goes on digital v physical and the whole lite game sharing, and decide what to do purchasing wise.

Thanks

rsbhj

rsbhj

@Mr_Humpf out of interest physical games or digital?

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Mr_Humpf

@rsbhj I'm a big fan of phyiscal games. Nintendo games can look expensive when compared to games on Playstation or Xbox, but most of them - especially the Nintendo published games - hold their value really well. I've had games for two or more years and sold them for the same price I bought them for. I only buy digital if there's a big reduction on the Nintendo digital e-shop, or if it's a smaller indie title.

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Eel

I'd recommend buying them separate versions of the same game, since then they will be able to trade pokemon, complete the pokedex, and largely just play together.

I think that will be more fun for both in the long run.

If you give them both Sword and Shield, then the older kid can help the younger one along the way. So I wouldn't worry about a little more text.

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rsbhj

Thanks, yeah the limitation that I raised on my other thread was that the need for one of them to have a internet connection to play. This will cause issues on the move, holidays etc.

I think Physical will be the case now

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Mr-Fuggles777

You will be fine picking up any of them although they will need to be able to read to get the most out of the games - the story is pretty much exclusively text based as are all of the menus, including the turn based fights.

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Benjoo

@rsbhj I have a 8 year old and a 5 year old. Both games. I would recommend let's go games first and then move onto sword shield afterwards. I feel the let's go games are a lot more child friendly and easier to understand. They adore the fact Pokemon can follow you from the get go and I feel it's more enjoyable with less Pokemon to worry about. This is just my opinion and my experience. Enjoy!

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