Pokemon Let's Go Will Require Nintendo Online Subscription For Online Features


For the first time, a Pokemon game's key features will be locked behind a paywall.

At least, that's what Tsunekazu Ishihara, CEO of developer The Pokemon Company, is hoping for anyway.

"It is not touch screen like on a smartphone because the Switch is quite a bit heavier than your smart phone."
Of course, we've already seen that a throwing motion is used when playing the game in docked mode, but this information tells us that you'll also need to use some movement when playing in handheld.

Switch Online is essentially Nintendo's version of Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus. For instance, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild required motion controls for some of its shrine puzzles.

Like many traditional games in the series, Nintendo Switch's upcoming Pokemon RPGs-Let's Go, Pikachu and Let's Go, Eevee-will feature online play. While the games will still largely be playable without one, there's reason for Pokemon fanatics to consider paying Nintendo's $20 asking price for Switch Online. The game is a spiritual remake of Pokemon Yellow set in the Kanto version of the game and focused on the original 150 Pokemon.

Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu and Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee will come out on November 16th.