The internet sleuths are at it again. The latest trailer for Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee showed a lot of curious tidbits (the return of Jessie, James and Meowth, gym leader battles against Brock and Misty, hilariously awful hairstyles for Pikachu and Eevee), but there was more to it than meets the eye. Enough for resourceful fans to craft a detailed map of Kanto, in fact.
So, here we are. Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee may not be the Switch debut that franchise fans were waiting for, but it’s an intriguing stopgap for certain. We’re already starting to put together a picture of the sort of experience we’re going to get, when the games arrive on November 16.
Having said all of this, Nintendo and Game Freak are being distinctly… Nintendo and Game Freak with regards to details about their latest. After all, we’ve got to ride this hype train for another five months before launch. A steady drip-feeding of info-nuggets is clearly the way forward, then.
With that in mind, we know that the crux of the experience is a Pokémon Yellow remake (of sorts) with Pokémon Go mechanics. With that in mind, fans everywhere are feeling their nostalgia senses tingling.
The ever-resourceful people of Reddit are combing through every detail of the original Pokémon Yellow, cross-referencing with the footage we’ve seen of Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee, and throwing in a little wishful thinking for good measure. What was the end result? This magnificent map of the Kanto region, that’s what.
This is some fantastic work, by all accounts. It does raise several questions, though. First and foremost, just how in heckola is the S.S Anne going to get anywhere with all of those rocks? Let’s not be persnickety about that, though, because there’s just so dang much going on here.
Most interestingly, from a gameplay standpoint, there are some hints as to where certain Pokémon may be found. This is just common sense with some (where will you find craptacular Bug Pokémon? That’s right), but as for the starters and such? This is interesting stuff indeed, and seems to match with where they were found in Pokémon Yellow - Bulbasaur is just south of Cerulean, Charmander is North of it (on the way to Bill's), and Squirtle is near Vermillion City.
Granted, we know that Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee aren’t going to follow the exact same plots as the previous games, so we might be taking different routes through this familiar region. Even so, those memories are flooding back.