With all the rumors of a new Pokemon game being released for the 25th anniversary, what are the possibilities that a Let’s Go Johto series is revealed?
There are endless hypotheses of what games are going to be discussed around the time of Pokemon’s anniversary. Every year on Pokemon Day, there is always an announcement that is addressed by the developers at Gamefreak on the Pokemon Company’s official YouTube channel. The Pokemon community can barely contain itself on what will be announced as far as new games this year. The arguments that a ‘master collection‘ should be released to commemorate the anniversary or that it is finally time for the Sinnoh generation four games to be remastered for the Nintendo Switch. Another possibility to consider as a hypothesis would be to announce the next sequel to the Pokemon Let’s Go series. With Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee as the first Pokemon installments on the Nintendo Switch, why would it be an impossible consideration to propose the “Let’s Go Johto” series next?
The Let’s Go series was taken by the initiation of Gamefreak to design a game that remastered the original Kanto journey after the success Niantic delivered with the popular gaming app Pokemon Go. With the gameplay of the Let’s Go series similar to Pokemon Go, exploring Kanto with Pikachu or Eevee as the trainer’s partner Pokemon was a great way to bridge the gap between the core series and the mobile game. Designed to feel like a remastered version of the Pokemon Yellow version, the Let’s Go series was met with huge success and introduced a new structure to the Pokemon franchise. With another installment that remastered the first generation of Pokemon, what stops the anniversary celebration from continuing this series and introduce Let’s Go Johto?
Pokemon Gold, Silver, and Crystal version were the direct sequel to the very first games Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow. The second generation has been remastered once when Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver were released on the Nintendo DS to reflect generation four. These games have a great impact on the Pokemon fan base and community as one of the most popular games of the franchise. There has been major consideration that this rumor of bringing another remaster of generation two to the Nintendo Switch when Nintendo extended their licensing to keep HG/SS for future projects. Throw in the concept of Pokemon’s anniversary, the possibility of introducing Let’s Go Johto would be just another gift from the Pokemon Company that fans would be absolutely ecstatic about.
The possibility of what Let’s Go Johto would obviously reflect Pokemon Crystal version, like the original Let’s Go reflected the prior generation’s special edition game. Separating the two would be the only challenge and deciding what Pokemon would be the version mascots and the player’s partner Pokemon. With egg hatching being introduced in the original generation two games, perhaps Togepi would be one nomination for one Pokemon. Since Togepi is a Fairy-type Pokemon, perhaps the other complimenting baby Pokemon from the same generation could include Cleffa or Igglybuff. The Cleffa evolutionary line has always been a popular Pokemon species in the eyes of the Pokemon Company; however, Jigglypuff, the first evolution of Igglybuff, has had ingrained roots in the Nintendo community especially being in other titles like the Super Smash Bros. franchise. Arguing which Pokemon to be on the cover of the Let’s Go Johto is not even the whole package on what would be included in the games.
The gameplay for a Let’s Go Johto game will be quite similar to its predecessors. Just like in Let’s Go Pikachu or Eevee, the partner Pokemon will follow the trainer closely or to whatever first Pokemon is registered in the party. This element was celebrated because it returned in HG/SS after being absent since the Pokemon Yellow version. Battling Pokemon in the wild will be absent and will be like the catching process just as before, reflecting the concept of Pokemon Go even further. Like Legendary Pokemon encounters in the prior game, challenging the Legendary Dog trio will be set to a move-set or timer before they flee once again in the wild. Challenging Ho-oh or Lugia would be the same way on how the trainer challenged Mewtwo just as before. These are only a few assumptions one can make with the possibility of this sequel ever being introduced, there could be even more features that were not approached in Let’s Go Pikachu or Eevee that could be attempted in this series.
Of course with the importance of the Let’s Go series connected with Pokemon Go, this concept will also be valued once more in the Let’s Go Johto series. With the Johto and Kanto neighboring each other, it would be wise to keep the GO Park in Fuchsia City so that the player can transfer Pokemon from Pokemon Go. Just like in Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver, enabling more Pokedex entries would be ideal. To further this example, if the partner Pokemon is Togepi in Let’s Go Johto, it would be assumed that the trainer would want a Togekiss in the final evolution form as a Pokemon. Driving the connectivity even further with connecting the games, this would also come into play with trading between other Pokemon games so that trainers are not depending on Pokemon Home. The Time Capsule was another element used to connect the first two generations together via the trading link; what would stop the developers to do the same thing with the Let’s Go series and connecting the two games? The possibilities are endless to unlocking more fun with Let’s Go Johto and bringing more to the table as another installment in the Pokemon franchise.
The Let’s Go series restarting the Pokemon franchise on a different level was a great way to bridge the gap from Pokemon Go to the core franchise. Starting with Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee, remastering prior Pokemon games is a perfect way to usher in a new generation of gamers that want to get into the Pokemon series. What this generation of gamers would want to experience is the next installment of the series and that starts with Let’s Go Johto. Even if this is all hypothetical, the idea is still there to present itself to the developers at Gamefreak, especially if they need more Pokemon projects.