The Pokémon Company CEO and president Tsunekazu Ishihara has explained why the upcoming Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee games are based on the Game Boy classic Pokémon Yellow. In a recent interview with Famitsu, Ishihara mentioned that they wanted to expand the idea of walking around with a partner Pokémon, which was featured in Pokémon GO as Buddy Pokémon. Pikachu can also be seen with Ash in the anime, while Eevee’s popularity stems from its unique ability to evolve in various ways. Ishihara’s full explanation is as follows:
“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.”
In the same interview, Ishihara touched on the concern that Pokémon could lose some of its identity if its design changes. He said on that front:
“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.”
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee are doing away with some of the series’ traditions. The way in which you catch Pokémon is now comparable to Pokémon GO, and random battles are a thing of the past.
Source: Nintendo Everything