Nintendo and Game Freak launched Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee last November to strong sales, but there are still plenty of gamers that haven’t yet experienced the new Kanto adventure. If you’ve been on the fence about buying it, we’ve got some good news! The Nintendo Switch eShop just got demo versions of each game available to download right now.

The demo is set in the Viridian Forest, just before Pewter City. In addition to the Partner Pikachu or Partner Eevee (depending on which version you downloaded), your team will be packed with other great Pokémon like Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur. There are trainers to fight, wild Pokémon to catch (including some that don’t normally appear in the Viridian Forest) and even an appearance from Professor Oak.

Despite shipping over 10 million copies worldwide in just six weeks, Nintendo feels that they haven’t yet fully communicated the value of the games and they’re looking to continue to grow the Let’s Go audience. Game Freak is developing new Pokémon games for Switch that are slated to launch during the holiday 2019 window, so they’ll be aiming to attract as many new fans as possible before then. Because it borrows elements from Niantic’s mobile hit Pokémon GO, Game Freak would like to use Pokémon: Let’s Go to attract as many mobile players as possible. A free demo is a great way to reach out to new Switch owners as well.

Thanks to Japanese Nintendo for the heads up!

Ben Lamoreux

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