At this point, it’s well-known that Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! will be compatible with the Pokémon-catching mobile app Pokémon Go. But what about the games in the series’ future?
Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda has hinted at the possibility of forward compatibility in a partially leaked interview from Famitsu (translated by Nintendo Everything). One such leaked snippet reads, “There have been times where you couldn’t bring Pokémon over from previous titles–I imagine that created some bad memories. I want to try and change that if I can.”
Although this isn’t absolute, unquestionable confirmation of forward-compatibility, it certainly suggests the notion, especially when you consider that the mainstream Pokémon games after gen II can pretty much all connect to bring Pokémon forward, thanks to regular game capabilities and Pokémon Bank.
It’s also worth remembering that only parts of this interview were leaked. When the Famitsu magazine is published (and some lovely person translates it), we will most likely get more context for the Masuda quote, and hopefully get some official confirmation along with all of that.
Both Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! will be out on November 16 for the Switch. For more information on the games, please check out our announcement article and our first impression article from the games’ E3 demo.