“So, you thought you could get out of paying me what you owe, huh? Like the Taxman, there is no avoiding the Reggie-man!”
In case there is still some confusion, when it comes to Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee, and the online functions, even though it was first said a Nintendo Switch Online subscription wasn’t required to play the games, only part of that was ever true.
If you don’t buy in to the online service, you can still play the games and catch Pokémon, but the online content will be made unavailable to you and if you do make the purchase because you want to play Smash online, as well as ARMS, Splatoon 2 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, even then it’s not all that great. In a statement given to Eurogamer, a representative of The Pokémon Company, has admitted that while Nintendo Switch Online will let you trade and battle with other players, there are certain things missing from the online experience this time around. Sadly, the GTS is gone and so is Battle Spot and Wonder Trade.
While this would be more than enough to put a few of you off the Let’s Go games, don’t forget that Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee, are not a true representation of the main series of games. They are the start of a possible new series that are core RPG games, but the true Gen 8 instalments will come to Switch next year. Also, with the Let’s Go games being confirmed a playable presence at E3 next week, the games could still prove themselves as being must-buy titles. Until then, here is the statement Eurogamer was given:
“Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! will have online play functionality. Battling and trading with other players over the internet or locally will be available in these games. However, the feature set will be somewhat simplified in comparison to previous games in that there is no GTS, Wonder Trade, or Battle Spot (Rating Battle, Free Battle, and Online Competition, etc.) for example. Further details will be revealed at a later date. An active membership for the Nintendo Switch Online service, which is scheduled to begin in September of this year, will be required to access these features.”
This post was written by Solid Jack