Many people were underwhelmed by the initial review of Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, though Pokemon CEO and president, Tsunekazu provides some information as to why even the core Pokemon players should be excited by the latest entry in the series.
According to an interview with Famitsu, Tsunekazu discussed how the team was really excited to pursuit the idea of Pokemon walking around with their trainer, such as Ash and Pikachu in the anime. Since both Pikachu and Eevee are both two of the most popular pocket monsters.
The full explanation can be seen below:
“In Pokemon Go, you can bring a partner Pokemon with you and walk around with it, but if we go back to where that originated from, we arrive at Pokemon Yellow. In Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee we wanted to expand this component even further. Pikachu is always following Ash around in the anime, and Eevee is popular as well thanks to its ability to involve into many different forms. And as I mentioned before, we want this to be the game that people play after Pokemon GO so since the Pokemon from Pokemon Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow appear in Pokemon GO as well this seemed like a good choice. Based on those things, we decided that Pokemon Yellow would be the perfect choice.”
Later in the same interview, Ishihara also discussed the concern players have brought up regarding how the Pokemon GO entries may negatively impact the Pokemon identity moving forward, losing its core identity. According to Ishihara:
“Amongst those who have played the game, there may be some who feel like it has changed. However, we’ve actually been continuously changing the formula for the games since the beginning, and in the end the players have accepted those changes.
Along those lines, this time we are also changing things around, but that’s part of the longstanding tradition of Game Freak and the Pokemon series. We won’t make mistakes with the basics, so please trust us.”
Moving away from tradition can be rejuvenating for a brand. It can also be scary for everyone on the outside looking in. It’s great for Ishihara to address some of these concerns straight on, and knowing how popular the brand is, I have no doubt fans will be able to, as Ishihara states, “trust us” with the direction of the upcoming Pokemon: Let’s Go! Games.
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Source: Thanks for the translation Nintendo Everything