There's always Pokemon rumors a buzzing. But with the release of the Nintendo Switch and some primal knowledge that we're due some kind of proper Pokemon game on Nintendo's hybrid console, the rumors are at a fever pitch. The dam holding back the flood of rumors seemingly broke this week and there's now a lot of rumors to dig through now. So what's going on with Pokemon?
The rumors began on 4Chan when one anonymous user claimed that the names of the two Pokemon games will be Pokemon Let's GO! Pikachu Edition and Pokemon Let's GO! Eevee Edition. They also added an accompanying artwork that depicts Pikachu and Eevee together.
The news was jumped on by Twitter, Resetera, and an old 4Chan thread that stated similar details was resurrected once these new rumors got out. The cohesion of details made it seem like at least some of the leaks were true.
Not only were the possible names leaked, but the fact that the two games are remakes of Pokemon Yellow. Which means the game will take place in the Kanto region. The Eevee and Pikachu versions presumably mean that, like in Pokemon Yellow, players could travel alongside their chosen companion.
Furthermore, these games will have some connection to Pokemon Go, either through some kind of shared account system, or even with the way capturing Pokemon works in the game. You can even see the connection in the names with the "GO!" denotation.
So are these leaks true? We know that a new "core" Pokemon game is coming to the Switch. Also, whatever game the new Pokemon Switch is, it will be generation eight. A strong vote of confidence even after the CEO of the Pokemon Company originally believed the Switch might not succeed as it did.
Our colleagues at Eurogamer said that they heard from sources that the games will be set in Kanto and be a sort-of remake of Pokemon Yellow. Sources familiar with the project told USgamer that Yellow serves as a basis for the new Pokemon games.
The rumors also line up with a leaked image from earlier this year showing a trainer riding on the back of a Lapris with what looks like an Eeevee on top of their head. Commenters said at the time that the area looks like Route 21, only this time players can see Pokemon swimming in the water.
A 2018 release of a Pokemon game that draws inspiration from Pokemon Yellow would also work well timing wise considering 2018 is the 20th anniversary of Pokemon Yellow this September.
It would also help contextualize tweets from Nintendo these past few months which have revolved around both Pikachu and Eevee. You can see a selection of those tweets below.
1時21分 イーブイタイム をお知らせします ☀ラプラスに乗って 探しに行こう♪ pic.twitter.com/T6M1eRha8P— 【公式】プロジェクトイーブイ (@project_eevee) April 13, 2018
今朝、株ポケモンでデカイボール発見(笑) pic.twitter.com/U3YDR6i7kY— 増田順一@GAME FREAK inc. (@Junichi_Masuda) May 11, 2018
今日も株式会社ポケモンはとても平和です。 pic.twitter.com/MOB29jYpnX— 【公式】プロジェクトイーブイ (@project_eevee) February 15, 2018
ファンミーティング・オーサカ2回目に来てくれたみんなと記念写真！！ありがとう！！ pic.twitter.com/izjrdCotiw— 増田順一@GAME FREAK inc. (@Junichi_Masuda) May 13, 2018
Even today, Reddit discovered that "pokemonletsgopikachu.com" and "pokemonletsgoeevee.com" were registered by CSC Corporate Domains, Inc. which did the same with the official pokemon-sunmoon.com site.
Reactions to these leaks have been mixed. Some have expressed frustration that the two Pokemon games center around Yellow's cutesy follow mechanic, or that it's a sort of remake instead of a new entry. Others are still taking a wait and see approach to the leaks. Will we hear something official soon? It feels likely.
In the meantime, we've compiled the latest rumors in our Pokemon Switch rumor guide.