Review: Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu / Eevee explained to parents

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What parents need to know

Discover the first generation of Pokémon in this opus (Pokémon: Pocket Monsters ). Become a Pokémon trainer, choose your starting monster, and go on an adventure in the Kanto area and discover the mystery behind the legendary monsters in Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu or Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee.

Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu Boxart
Pokemon Let's Go Eevee Boxart
Release date: 16 November 2018

Developed by: Game Freak Inc.
Published by: Nintendo
Available on: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite

Game Type: Role-playing
Average time of one game: 1 hour

Estimate of the total duration of the game:
About 40 hours for the main story.
More than 100 hours if you plan to do everything, raise Pokémon to maximum levels, etc.

Fights, adventure, story, fantastic monsters, friendship, training

Business model: Need to buy the game once.

Number of players:
1 player or 2 players local
4 players online.

Available in physical (cartridge) or digital (download in console) format.

To buy Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu digitally, click here.

To buy Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee digitally, click here.
This supports Shared Screen. Thank you!

Possible configurations of the Nintendo Switch:

Nintendo Switch Handheld modeNintendo Switch Tabletop modeNintendo Switch TV Mode
Age3+ 7+ 12+16+18+
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Experienced playersCroix 2 01 Ecran PartageCroix 2 01 Ecran PartageCrochet 2 01 Ecran PartageCrochet 2 01 Ecran PartageCrochet 2 01 Ecran Partage
Requires to know how to read for a few years. Full of challenges, quests for all types of players.
Jauge Verte Ecran Partage

The game is almost infinite. When the main adventure is over, there are still multiple quests to complete, hundreds of Pokémon to raise, and many challenges. It’s multiplied if you play with your friends and online.


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It will take perseverance to get to the end of the adventure. After that, many challenges with all levels of difficulty will be available.

Violence, fear, nudity?
Jauge Orange

Monsters fight each other in many battles. No blood. When monsters lose, they are knocked out and can always be cared for. Attacks of fire, ice, electricity… are used.

Language level used
Jauge Orange

Developped enough. Suitable for children from the end of primary school, or secondary or more.

Positive message
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The vast majority of the inhabitants are very helpful and kind. Only the bad guys, and the rivals, provoke a little. This episode contains more ethnic diversity than the others. It is always possible to choose whether to control a girl or a boy at the beginning of the adventure.

Minimum reading level required
Jauge Orange

Must have a few years of reading experience.

Additional costs ?
Jauge Verte Ecran Partage

None. It is possible to buy a Pokéball-shaped controller, which then replaces the joycon to play. It’s totally optional and quite expensive. We don’t recommend it.

Minimum level of execution on the controller required
Jauge Verte Ecran Partage

Very easy. Just menus to browse. No reflex required. The game can be played entirely at a single joycon in TV mode or placed on a table.

Principle of the game

Beware Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee and Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu are the same games. They have some small differences among the Pokémon available and in the story, but only one game is needed.

This is a role-playing game in which players help a character (boy or girl) capture, trade and train Pokémon. While traveling in a wide variety of environments, players can engage in turn-by-turn Pokémon fights with other coaches.

Local game modes

Just one game mode where you go through history.

At any time in the adventure, a second player can join in the adventure. It is completely optional but the parent can then guide the child, or vice versa. The second character disappears when the first player changes screens, and is not taken into account by the inhabitants of the world.

During battles, the second player gives orders to the 2nd Pokémon of the main player’s team. The fights then switch to 2 vs. 2.

Online gaming modes

Nintendo Switch Online

Requires a Nintendo Switch Online subscription to play on the Internet with friends or others.

It takes many hours in the story to finally unlock the online game.


Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu or Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee is a role-playing game with immense content that can keep you or your child busy for many, many hours.

The game is entertaining and enjoyable to browse, especially for newcomers in the series.

More information about the game:
Official Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee page on Nintendo’s website

Official Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu page on Nintendo’s website


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Pokemon Sword Boxart OR Pokemon Shield Boxart

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