Pokémon Let's Go Makes a Popular Manga Character Canon

Pokémon Let's Go Makes a Popular Manga Character Canon

Seeing Green in the best possible way.

We've been referring to Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee as a remake of the Gen One Pokémon Games—Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow, specifically. But a new trailer for the game show's the game's protagonist (you!) meeting the player characters for those classic Game Boy games. Welcome to the Twilight Zone, pika pi.

The official Pokémon YouTube Channel uploaded the new video earlier today. It's barely more than 30 seconds and most of it is dedicated to showing off the Gym Leaders, the Elite Four, and Giovanni, but you still catch quick glimpses of Red, Blue ("Smell ya later") and—here's a nice surprise—Green, the female trailer best known for her appearance in the Pokémon manga.

There are some interesting implications here. You're clearly not "Red" in Pokémon Let's Go, and your rival (who selects Eevee if you pick Pikachu, and vice-versa) clearly isn't Blue. Granted, this is a bit of a "Well, duh" moment: Your avatar looks nothing like Red, and your rival looks nothing like Blue (he also acts nothing like Blue, who's infamously salty). That didn't stop most of us from assuming Pokémon Let's Go is a remake of our first Kanto region walkabout.

What is Let's Go, then? A sequel? A spin-off? After all, we already know things are different this time around. Pokémon Let's Go has Mega Evolutions and showcases a new Pokémon called Meltan, features that certainly weren't in Gen One.

I'm kind of hoping for a "'Fake?' I think YOU'RE the fake trainer around here!" moment.

Maybe it's not important. Maybe the only thing that matters is the only thing that's always mattered: You gotta get out there, and you gotta catch 'em all. Good thing we have a ton of Pokémon Let's Go guides that'll speed you on your way as soon as the game lands on November 16.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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