Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee are RPG's developed by Game Freak and published by The Pokémon Company and Nintendo for Nintendo Switch. They are enhanced remake's of Pokémon Yellow and the first installment in the Pokémon series to appear on the Switch.
The Pokémon Let's Go games have integration with the Pokémon Go mobile game. A bespoke Poké Ball Plus controller has been created to work with this game, but it's not essential for an enjoyable experience.
There are quite a few changes between Pokémon Yellow and Pokémon Let's Go, I'm not sure whether I'd call them changes, enhancements, or quality of life improvements. When I heard about the planned changes, I wasn't optimistic and thought I would hate this play-through, but now I can't imagine going back and playing a traditional Pokémon game again.
One of the best changes is the process for catching Pokémon. You don't walk through grass and get randomly attacked by a Kakuna anymore, you actually see the Pokémon wandering around and you pick who you want to catch or avoid. Once you decide you want to capture a Pokémon and walk up to it, you capture it in the same way you do in Pokémon Go on mobile by throwing Pokéballs at it. When you catch a Pokémon, you start a capture combo. If you catch multiple of the same Pokémon in a row, you increase the chance of a shiny Pokémon spawning. Some Pokémon are rarer to encounter, getting a chain combo together will increase the chance of these rare Pokémon showing their face. Another positive change is the removal of HM's, your partner Pokémon will now be able to learn all of them and will not replace any of their abilities. So you'll no longer have to carry around certain Pokémon with near useless abilities.
Your party gains experience from anything you catch and you're encouraged to catch as much as possible. You can send any Pokémon you don't want to Professor Oak in return for candy that you can use to increase a Pokémon's combat points. Exp share is now also a standard part of the game which is a nice little addition.
The Pokémon PC is no longer in the game which is where all the Pokémon not in your party used to live. All Pokémon now get stored in a Pokémon box in your inventory which allows you to access it anytime you aren't battling. This makes the game somewhat easier because if any of your Pokémon faint you can just swap them out.
The bike shop owner no longer sells you a bike! I can't imagine too many people will complain though because you now get to ride Pokémon instead. You can select any Pokémon to travel alongside you as well as your Pikachu / Eevee. If the Pokémon you choose to let out of the Pokéball is rideable, you'll hop onto it and it gives you a new fun way to traverse Kanto by land, sea or air.
This game starts out really fun, I enjoyed it so much I couldn't put it down. You definitely feel the resemblance to Pokémon Yellow, but with all the enhancements it makes for a really enjoyable experience. Towards the end I started to fall off of it a little, the repetitive trainer battles was starting to bore me on my way to the Elite Four, at this point for me I'd already gotten enough value out of the game and knew it was almost over, so traversing Victory Road was a struggle.
The graphics in this game are incredibly well done. There's only so much you can do visually with a Pokémon game but I was really impressed with the hard work that's been put into making it look appealing. The audio is enjoyable, some of that is just pure nostalgia. But they have released the soundtracks for this game on iTunes so it can't only be me that enjoyed the audio.
The controls are done fairly well. Using the JoyCon to throw a Pokéball is fun. Pokémon has always had simple controls anyway but there were a few niggles I disliked. There are lots of buttons not being used so I disliked having to go through a menu system to get to certain things like the Town Map which could have just been keybound to a button. I assume they do this so that the game plays well with the Poké Ball Plus which barely has any buttons, but for me that isn't a good enough reason. I played a lot of this game on a plane journey, and it's actually very hard to catch a Pokémon in a moving vehicle, the slight shaking of the Nintendo Switch as you hold it made it very difficult to throw a Poké Ball in the direction I wanted it to go. It doesn't sound like a big deal but the Nintendo Switch is used for many commutes to work so I imagine this being a frustration for frequent commuters.
Overall, this is a very enjoyable game and definitely something Switch owners should pick up. I'm not sure my patience is the same as it was when I was younger because by the end I was getting a little bored but I'd already had my money's worth by then. This is my favourite Pokémon game in the series, quite a compliment considering I've played almost all of them. That's just credit to how good a lot of the improvements they've added to this game are. I'd like to see them carry over into future additions to the Pokémon franchise.