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TACKLING TECH By Evan Campbell The upcoming Pokémon Let’s Go games will let two people play the game together at the same time. Photo via GOTTA CATCH ’EM ALL Franchise to roll out two games on Nintendo Switch F or almost two decades Poké- mon mania has swept through the United States. It started with games, then the trading cards, cartoon series, movies and merchandising. Moreover, Pokémon Go recently reached 800 million down- loads worldwide. So needless to say, the love and passion for this “gotta catch ’em all” franchise hasn’t died down. In fact, this holiday season could see the series grow and evolve even further with two new complementary games on Nin- tendo Switch. Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokémon: Let’s Go Eevee will offer a new spin on the old Game Boy title Poké- mon Yellow when they release Nov. 16. For starters, they will feature the same 8 July / August 2018 streamlined Poké Ball-throwing mechanic seen in Pokémon Go. That’s a big depar- ture from the classic, mainline entries, which focus on battling the creatures first to capture them. This is an obvious play by Nintendo, The Pokémon Company and developer Game Freak to find a middle ground for all fans. The upcoming Switch games will also communicate with Pokémon Go. For instance, transferring your creatures from the mobile game to the new titles will be possible. And there’s even teasing that doing so will lead to encountering a spe- cial Pokémon. A new peripheral will support Pokémon Go and the Let’s Go games as well. Called the Poké Ball Plus, the device resembles the red-and-white sphere that captures the creatures and then stores them. So guess what? That same functionality comes to the real world with the device. The Poké Ball Plus acts like a proper controller for the Let’s Go games on Switch. For the smartphone app, the device will count your steps and vibrate when a Pokémon pops up, even letting you catch it. The real genius relates to taking a crea- ture with you in the ball from the Switch games. Shaking the sphere will even make