Last week, Nintendo dropped a new trailer for the next Pokémon game, showing off some of the upcoming title’s key features and some very colourful gameplay footage.

Did you miss it? If so, here it is:

Now, it might be a while until Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu / Eevee officially launches on the Nintendo Switch (it’s currently slated for November 2018) but to help ramp up the excitement I thought it would be fun to list five of the best reasons to be excited about the next Pokémon game.

Let’s go 😉

5) You can customise your characters

Have you always wanted to give your Gyrados its own mohawk? Well you now can! (Maybe.) You can certainly choose the gender of your main pokémon – be it Pikachu or Eevee – and the latest trailer reveals that you can customise their hairstyles as well. I must admit, this wasn’t at the top of my wish list for new Pokémon features, but it’s a fun addition and I think it’s going to add a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ to the game. You can also fine-tune the appearance of your trainer in terms of outfits and accessories, which is a neat touch.

4) Multiplayer

It seems that you will be able to play Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu / Eevee with your friends! That’s cool. You can work together co-operatively to explore Kanto, and you can also team up in battles, which I’m assuming includes fights with the gym leaders as well? Oh on top of that, you can trade your pokémon locally or online in moments of seamless brilliance. If you know anybody who’s willing to give up their Typhlosion…

3) The Pokéball Plus joycon

I love this idea. It’s a device that’s shaped like an ordinary pokéball, but it also serves as a joycon, so you can use it to navigate your way through the entire game. It also lights up, vibrates and makes noises, helping to sell the illusion that a real pocket monster is moving around inside.

2) Exclusive pokémon

It wouldn’t be Pokémon without multiple versions of the same game which are identical in almost every respect apart from the types of creatures you can discover! Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu / Eevee is no exception, and the two versions will feature pokémon which are exclusive to their respective versions. For Pikachu, these are Oddish, Sandshrew and Growlithe, whilst for Eevee the exclusives are Bellsprout, Vulpix and Meowth. I’m sure these aren’t exhaustive lists but it is great to see that multiplayer trading will not only be encouraged but necessary if one is to truly “catch ’em all.”

1) It’s a remake of Pokémon Yellow

Okay, not entirely, but almost. This game is certainly about as close to fully-fledged remake as we’re going to get (for the time being) and with characters such as Professor Oak, along with gym leaders Misty and Brock, the nostalgiaometer will be at terminal velocity.

That being said, some things are best left forgotten. I seem to remember hours of endless wandering in the Cerulean Caves which have left me with a permanent psychological scar, so I can’t say I’m itching to relive this traumatic experience. But hey, it’d be on the Nintendo Switch, so at least it would be colourful.

Anyway, there we are – five reasons to be excited about the next Pokémon game! Now all I need to do is buy a Nintendo Switch. Which aspect of the game are you most excited for? And will your Pikachu have a pony-tail? Let me know in the comments below.

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