((Note: X card pick up posts are collections of points I didn’t feel I could, or didn’t want to work into a full article. These tend to just be added as I think of the points, and are not usually edited. I may revisit some of these points later, but for now, this is where they live.))
1.) Somehow I didn’t realise that Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu is actually a remake of Pokemon Yellow, not just Gen 1 in general, with a partner who is constantly out of their ball, Pokemon following you, different distributions of Pokemon habitats ect.
2.) Let’s Go Eevee would appear to be logical, given that Blue’s starter in Yellow was Eevee, but according to this interview another choice was Let’s Go Psyduck.
3.) Let’s Go Psyduck would have been absolutely amazing.
4.) Coming back to the rival, I actually really like Trace, the new rival. He’s the same “friendly rival” character we’ve had for a while, but I just found him really pleasant. When I first played it, Blue tended to annoy me because I felt like he kept popping up right when my team was damaged. He didn’t feel like a rival so much as a bully who waited for me to be weakened. Trace just seems genuinely excited to see me and see how much I’d grown every time, and I liked how he adopted Cubone too. He felt like a rival in the sense of actually wanting me to get stronger, not just seeing me as an obstacle.
5.) Blue is here too! And I also really liked how he was written. He felt very much like a teenager talking to kids who they genuinely like. He was snarky, but I liked how he was handled a lot.
6.) GREEN! GREEN IS HERE! I got really excited when she sent out a Clefairy and then Blastoise, since I thought she might be using her Pokemon Adventures team, but alas no. Still great to see her, and great to see her being super cheeky. *gets hit in the face by a Pokeball).
7.) I haven’t encountered Red yet. I think I haven’t beaten enough Master Trainers.
8.) Speaking of Master Trainers, I was disappointed that you only got a title from beating them. Raising a pokemon to beat theirs is hard and I at least wanted some Pokemon specific candies.
9.) I haven’t beaten one multiple times so I dunno if we get more rewards then.
10.) I like being able to battle the Gym Leaders once a day. I don’t like re-navigating Sabrina’s gym. Please just make the teleporter directly to her active?
11.) I’d forgotten how limited the range of Pokemon in a lot of the areas were with just the gen 1 Pokemon available, and this was after they got rid of the safari zone.
12.) I like that they got rid of the safari zone, it gives more variety elsewhere, and the catching mechanics are basically just the safari zone anyway.
13.) The controls are a bit awkward. My hands are a bit too big for the joy cons by themselves so I use them attached to the Switch, but moving the whole thing around to catch mons is tedious and I feel that it would be really bad for people with less range of movement in their arms.
14.) I haven’t become a Sandslash Master yet despite using two of them in my team (one Kanto, one Alolan). I feel like this is an issue.
15.) I love both my Sandslash.
16.) I was amazed at how quickly I got the Pokedex together compared to other games and the last times I played Kanto based games. I think that’s a mix of the game putting way more focus on catching, me being better at the game, and it not repeatedly only having one way to get a pokemon
17.) I love that Farfetch’d was an only one per game in the original gen 1 games. Farfetch’d. That ultra powerful monster.
18.) YOU CAN RIDE A RAPIDASH
19.) I have a Rapidash on my main team.
20.) YOU CAN ALSO RIDE STARMIE
21.) I traded out my Primape for a Starmie around Fushia City, since Primape was just…not doing enough on the team.
22.) I’d be really curious to see a Pokemon Let’s Go competitive meta. It has the pokedex and sort of the move limitations of the original generation, but with a lot of the particular oddities about Gen 1 removed. I bet Tauros wouldn’t be the top Pokemon, and I wonder if fighting types might get a look in with more anti-psychic moves.
23.) I haven’t been able to find any fishing rods in the game, so I feel that water types, other than Krabbys and the Squirtle you get in Vermillion, come in really late in the game.
24.) Post-game the Pokemon in Cerulean cave lean heavily towards giving defence and special defence candies. I’m finding it difficult to get smart candies for my Venomoth’s special attack.
25.) I LOVE MY VENOMOTH
26.) I’m not really fond of the secret technique ideas. I get the point, but I think it’s a bit like the riding pokemon in Sun/Moon. I kind of feel like my favourite way of handling it would be to return HMs as a way to teach Pokemon any secret technique they can learn, but not have them count as actual moves. They’d be like, extra abilities.
27.) I think I just don’t like how secret techniques are supposed to be learnt by humans? I’ve always really liked the idea of exploring with Pokemon and having all the exploration techniques you used to teach Pokemon being supposed to be learnt by humans feels like it’s removing the magic somehow. I dunno.
28.) I do really love my Pikachu partner though.
29.) Overall, I really enjoy Let’s Go. It streamlines a lot of the extra bits, puts more emphasising on catching, and it is nice to return to Kanto again and really feel like Game Freak has learnt something from the last two decades and more.
30.) And of course, it is great to see Jessie and James back in a game, though I do wish Meowth talked.
31.) This isn’t so much an actual point, I just forgot to link back to my earlier post on the games and wanted to do it here.
32.) I STILL FEEL ROBBED BY THE LACK OF POKEMON LET’S GO PSYDUCK.