To commemorate the release of Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu! & Let’s Go, Eevee!, Pokémon GO hosted a regional event called Pokémon Let’s Go Roadtrip. Players could play the games throughout this road trip, which also included a unique Poké Stop and more Pikachu & Eevee spawning than usual.
Pokémon Let’s Go Roadtrip 2018 Event is Here!
Nintendo and The Pokémon Company are touring the US with Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! from now through November 16th.
The event started over the weekend in Los Angeles, and over the course of the following two months, it will travel to seven other locations around the nation. On November 15, Nintendo NY will host a “epic” midnight launch celebration as the conclusion. The original Pokémon Red and Blue launch games were released in Topeka, Kansas approximately 20 years ago, therefore that city is also included in the tour list.
While supplies last, there will be special prizes, exciting picture ops, and demonstrations for the future Pokémon games on the Switch aboard the Pikachu and Eevee-themed trucks. Also, there will be an opportunity to test out the Poké Ball Plus attachment. Additional benefits include a unique Pokémon Snapchat filter and tour stops that are close to well-known Pokémon GO PokéStops or Gyms, where Pikachu and Eevee sightings are more common.
The complete list of tour stops is shown below, along with their locations, dates, and times:
- San Francisco, California
Oct. 6, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Seattle, Washington
Oct. 13, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Dallas, Texas
Oct. 20, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Topeka, Kansas
Oct. 27, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Chicago, Illinois
Nov. 3, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Boston, Massachusetts
Nov. 10, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
- New York, New York
People began lined up two hours before the start of a Pokémon event at the Topeka Zoo on Saturday to be among the first to test out the new games.
The “Pokémon Let’s Go Road Trip” event started at 9 a.m. and finished at 6 p.m. at the zoo’s parking lot at Gage Park.
People had the opportunity to play a 10-minute demo of two brand-new Nintendo games, “Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!” during the event. “Pokémon: Let’s Go Eevee!” is another.
According to Camille Van Duyn, public relations manager for Nintendo of America, more than 1,000 individuals showed up to try out the new titles, which will be available on Nov. 16. Boston, Chicago, and Dallas are among the other destinations on the road trip tour.
Van Duyn said, “We’ve got 700 to 900 or so at some of the larger ones, but this is the largest gathering I’ve personally seen.”
Topeka hosted the release of the Pokémon video game in the United States on August 27, 1998, which contributed to Nintendo’s desire to go again.
Given that it has been 20 years and that new games are set in the same area as the first games that we launched here, Topeka certainly does have a special place in all of our hearts, Van Duyn added. “It seemed like the ideal storm and the ideal excuse to return here.”
On Friday, Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla paid a visit to the Nintendo team and officially declared that the city will be known as “Topikachu” for the day.
Van Duyn said, “We’re going to show that in our workplace.” “Having the support of a city like that and having people show up is awesome.”
The two new games are compatible with the Nintendo Switch video game system, and according to Van Duyn, they not only serve as a solid starting point for young and new Pokémon aficionados, but also evoke nostalgia among longtime players.
According to Van Duyn, the games borrow several gameplay features from Pokémon Go.
If they have a copy of the game, gamers may play against friends as well as leaders and trainers while taking their Pokémon on excursions. Poké Ball Plus, a new controller, is also being made available.
It is a real Poké Ball with a joystick in the middle that may be clicked; this serves as the “A” button, and there is also a button on top that serves as the “B” button, according to Van Duyn. With this Poké Ball, you can really control the whole game, and it’s very great that you can simulate capturing Pokémon while you’re playing.
Van Duyn said that Nintendo saw a wide variety of attendees at the event on Saturday, including families with small children, parents who grew up playing Pokémon, and others who had never played the game before and were just passing by the event.
Van Duyn said, “I cannot express to you how thrilled we are with Topeka and all of the fans here. “Seeing those fans and providing them an opportunity to play the games, as well as meet Pikachu and Eevee, of course, is the finest part of our work, our favorite part.”
One of the final individuals to get the opportunity to play the new games was Conner Ertel. He claimed to have waited more than three hours in line.
Ertel said he played Pokémon as a child.
The fact that Nintendo is hosting an event in the place where I now reside was enough to sort of lure Ertel in. “I enjoy Pokémon and I’m reasonably enthusiastic about the game, but it’s simply wonderful to be here at an event like this.”