New Let’s Go! Pikachu and Eevee trailer features Oak and Misty

The game is already only four months away from release!

Today, a new trailer for the upcoming Nintendo Switch titles, Let’s Go! Pikachu and Let’s Go! Eevee! was posted.

There are several parts to the trailer. The rival character and Oak are shown off, and it appears the rival may pick the cover Pokémon opposite to the version you are using. We do need to see if he gets Pikachu when you play the Eevee version of the game, however. He is still being marketed as a friendly character.

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Gyms also get shown off, including the second gym and Misty, the Water-type Gym Leader. As in the original games she has two Pokémon, including an evolved Starmie at level 19. The game may not such an easy beat, but it does depend on its moveset. In both Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow and Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, the Starmie was level 21.

Pikachu and Eevee remain the only Pokémon seen in the Amie-style gameplay, although we see some unique hairstyles for them and learn female Eevee also gains a heart-shaped tail pattern. You can have different outfits for your trainer as well.

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Meanwhile, amongst other screenshots posted on the official website, we have a new version of the Kanto map. It looks pretty neat and includes Pokémon you can find in some of the routes. Just ignore the fact that the S.S. Anne may be landlocked based on the map. Moltres appearing on the map close by Victory Road suggests it may appear near there too like in the original titles, and also is a further point against seeing the likes of the Sevii Islands in this game (home to Moltres in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen). Do note that Mewtwo is in an empty corner of the image, but it fits better there than over the top of Cerulean.

Kanto, without the additional islands.

Oddish, Sandshrew and Growlithe have been confirmed as version exclusives for Let’s Go! Pikachu, while Bellsprout, Meowth and Vulpix only appear in Let’s Go! Eevee. Squirtle also steals a Poké Ball from a person – is this an event which grants you a free Squirtle like in Pokémon Yellow?

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The Pokémon Company’s Japanese YouTube channel has also posted a new TV advertisement:

The ad features some of the things we’ve seen in previous footage, plus some new bits — catching Zapdos at what appears to be the Power Plant, catching Moltres in a cave (is it back in Victory Road?) and the return of Jessie and James from Team Rocket, who’ve been unseen in the series since Pokémon Yellow!

What did you think of the new trailer? Are you planning to pre-order these titles? Are you happy to see Misty back, or upset about the change in rival? What do you think about Jessie and James’ return?