Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee; New Trailer and Artwork!

Well, it’s media time again for these games! Yep, just a few days ago, Nintendo showed off more footage and artwork for Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee for the Nintendo Switch. This included two whole new trailers for the game, plus various bits of artwork showing characters and areas.

Here are the videos in case you haven’t seen them already. Including the original Japanese trailer:

Plus the translated version:

And this Japanese commercial:

There’s not a huge amount of new content in terms of reveals there, but the ones we do get are pretty interesting none the less.

Like how the Team Rocket Trio from the anime series reappear in these games:

Team Rocket Appearance in Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee

Yep, Jessie, James and Meowth from the anime are in Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee, and have a similar to role to in Pokemon Yellow. That’s pretty cool, especially given their popularity as characters. Or heck, just the lack of personality for Team Rocket in general in generation 1.

And they’re not the only surprise additions on the character front. Oh no, a new rival appears in the game too.

Yes, unlike the original games (and Pokemon Yellow) before them, Let’s Go Eevee and Let’s Go Pikachu do not feature Blue as your rival. Instead, you get this character:

new rival

Who is he? Well we’re not sure to be honest. No one actually seems to have a name for this guy, let alone any more info about his role in the game. What we do know however is that he’s a friendlier rival than Blue or Silver, and acts more like the ones from the later games. That’s not great, given the poor characterisation of some of these characters, but hey, it’s a change none the less. And it does at least hint that the story won’t remain the same this time around.

Finally, there’s also a decent amount of new artwork and media for the game in general too, including this beautiful map of the entire region:

New Kanto Map

As well as these pictures of the various main characters and Pokémon:

Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu/Let's Go Eevee Artwork 1

Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu/Let's Go Eevee Artwork 2

Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu/Let's Go Eevee Artwork 3

There’s nothing too ground breaking there, but the new artwork does look pretty nice none the less.

So what do you think about it? Are you happy to see the Team Rocket Trio appear in the main series again, or a new rival character replace Blue in this instalment?

Or would you rather the games had been a bit closer to the originals?

Tell us what you think in the comments below or on the Gaming Latest forums today!

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is Getting Further Updates in Future!

Released back in April 2017, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe quickly became a huge success on the Switch. With positive critic reviews all round and sales that nearly topped the console’s best sellers list, the title ended up becoming one of the most popular, beloved titles on the entire system.

Yet despite all this, there was one thing it basically never got:
DLC. For whatever reason, Nintendo never really bothered with any DLC for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, with the game’s update to add Labo compatibility being the only way received by the title. It was a surprising move given the original game’s situation, or how that got regular track, character and mode updates in various DLC packs.

Link on Hyrule Circuit in Mario Kart 8

However, it seems that may now be changing. Why? Because in a new interview with Shinya Takashi on Twitter, the former announced that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe would indeed be getting further updates in future:

Here’s the video with the interview, courtesy of the company’s Twitter video:

As well as his specific comments about the matter from said video:

There will be further updates for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, so please look forward to it.

It’s pretty much as clear as you can get, and confirms that yes, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is indeed getting more updates in future.

Which when you think about it, makes a hell of a lot of sense right now. Why? Well, there are two major things you have to keep in mind here. Okay, actually three:

  1. The Nintendo Switch has never gotten its own Mario Kart game as of yet, and it seems unlikely there’ll ever be one. This means Nintendo has a huge incentive to push this game even further with updates and new content, since otherwise it’ll be years before the next Mario Kart instalment.
  2. Because of this (and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s status as a HD remaster/port with extra content), Mario Kart 8 Deluxe doesn’t really advertise modern Mario games all that well. For instance, unlike Captain Toad on Switch, there are no characters or kingdoms from Super Mario Odyssey represented in the game, which isn’t exactly a great way to advertise Mario’s latest adventure.
  3. And finally, the whole Switch Online thing is coming soon, and Nintendo needs people to actually pay for it. New content in online games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is exactly how you’d do that and would get people dusting off the old game to give the new stuff a try.

Either way though, it’s good news for Mario Kart fans, and indicates that Nintendo’s support for the game hasn’t died off. Let’s see what interesting new characters, karts and tracks make their way into future updates for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe!

WarioWare Gold Gets an eShop Demo (in Europe)!

Ever since it’s reveal back in March this year, WarioWare Gold hasn’t exactly been advertised much by Nintendo. Oh sure, it got a few promo stands in Japanese shops, and the official pages for the game have been available from the start, but actual ads or Nintendo Direct appearances have been few and far for the series.

And this worried quite a few WarioWare fans. Indeed, without even so much as an appearance at E3 (or a mention on social media in the last few months), some ended up thinking the game was being sent out to die, especially given its release on a dying platform like the 3DS.

But now it seems the tides may have turned. Why? Because as the title suggests, Nintendo have actually gone and released a demo for WarioWare Gold on the European eShop!

This means that people who don’t know about the game yet can finally test it out for themselves and see if they want to buy it. It also means the first new ad in pretty much forever, which shows the game’s intro cutscene in English with fully voiced characters:

It’s a good move, and one that’s very unexpected for a minor 3DS title like this.

And it indicates that (to some extent) Nintendo now cares more about marketing the title and isn’t completely burying it in the schedule like some have feared.

So, check it out if you’re interested. Go to the eShop, download the demo and see what you think of WarioWare Gold. It’s definitely a title that needs your support!

July PlayStation Plus Lineup

Welcome to a new month GL and GR readers, as such Sony is giving its PlayStation users some free games if you have their PSN+ service. So if you do and own one of the following consoles, then see what you’re getting this month for free:

PlayStation 4:

  • Heavy Rain
  • Absolver
  • Call of Duty Black Ops 3 (until July 11th)

PlayStation 3:

  • Rayman 3 HD
  • Deception IV: The Nightmare Princess

PlayStation Vita:

  • Space Overlords
  • Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma

Xbox Games July Gold Lineup

Do you have Microsoft’s Games with Gold which is a fancy title for Xbox Live Gold subscription? Then you will get the following games for free for a very limited time so act while you can for the month of July:

Xbox One

  • Assault Android Cactus (July 1-31)
  • Death Squared (July 16-August 15)

Xbox 360 (compatible with Xbox One)

  • Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown (July 1-15)
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction (July 16-31)