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Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Eevee Free Demo on Nintendo eShop

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Nintendo has released a free demo of Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! It’s available now to download from the Nintendo eShop, and can be downloaded directly to your Switch from the website.

The demo version is limited to Viridian Forest, the first Pokémon catching area in the game. The demo randomly gives you either Pikachu or Eevee to start. From there you’re free to try out trainer battles and the new motion control catching. Unfortunately should you choose to purchase the full game, any progress you make in the demo will not be carried over.

Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu and Eevee are triumphant 3D remakes of the original Pokémon Red and Blue (read our review). Huge overhauls have been made to the classic Pokémon formula, including seeing Pokémon in the wild, catching them via Pokémon GO-style pokéball throwing, and being able to swap Pokémon on the fly.

The Switch games also support Pokémon GO. After reaching a certain point in the adventure, you can send any Pokémon caught in the mobile game over to Let’s Go. It also supports kid-friendly two player simultaneous co-op, making it the best Pokémon game for families.

We were proud to name Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee Pixelkin’s Game of the Year in 2018. It’s rated E for Everyone.

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Nintendo New Year eShop Sale

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If you received a Nintendo Switch or Nintendo 3DS this holiday season (or your already have one), you’ll want to head over to the Nintendo eShop for the New Year’s Digital Sale. From now until Jan. 10 you’ll find Switch and 3DS games up to 50% off. Hopefully you saved those Nintendo eShop gift cards!

Highlights include Sid Meier’s Civilization VI (25% off), Octopath Traveler (30% off), and Starlink: Battle for Atlas Digital Version (50% off).

Here are the biggest deals:

Switch

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe $41.99 (30% off)

ARMS $41.99 (30% off)

Splatoon 2 $41.99 (30% off)

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition $41.99 (30% off)

Octopath Traveler $41.99 (30% off)

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI $44.99 (25% off)

Starlink: Battle for Atlas Digital Version $29.99 (50% off)

Wizard of Legend $12,79 (20% off)

Mega Man Legacy Collection $11.24 (25 % off)

LEGO DC Super-Villains $29.99 (50% off)

Golf Story $9.89 (34% off)

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Gold Edition $26.39 (67% off)

LEGO Harry Potter Collection $24.99 (50% off)

Nintendo 3DS

Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon $27.99 (30% off)

Pokémon Battle Trozei $5.59 (30% off)

Sushi Striker: The Way of Sushido $27.99 (30% off)

Fantasy Life $27.99 (30% off)

Kirby: Triple Deluxe $13.99 (30% off)

Super Mario 3D Land $13.99 (30% off)

Yoshi’s New Island $13.99 (30% off)

Mario Party: The Top 100 $27.99 (30% off)

Final Fantasy Explorers $19.99 (50% off)

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy $11.99 (60% off)

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call $19.99 (50% off)

Culdcept Revolt $20.99 (30% off)

The New Year sale overlaps with a 25% off sale on Nickelodeon Kart Racers, which ends Jan. 9. The New Year Digital Sale ends Jan 10 at 9 am Pacific/12 pm Eastern.

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Pokémon Crystal Arrives on Nintendo 3DS eShop in January

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Nintendo has announced the belated arrival of Pokémon Crystal to the Nintendo eShop on January 26, 2018. It will be available for the Nintendo 3DS for $9.99.

Unlike the Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby 3D remakes, Crystal is the original 2001 Game Boy Color game, ported to 3DS. It was the third game of the second generation of Pokémon titles, Gold and Silver. Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver were released earlier this year on the Nintendo eShop.

There’s no good reason why Nintendo would delay releasing Crystal by several months after Gold and Silver other than the obvious: they wanted you to purchase Gold/Silver first. The third game in a generation is generally considered the definitive edition.

Like Gold and Silver’s re-release, Crystal will feature online trading and battling, as well as compatibility with the Pokémon Bank app. The app allows you to trade Pokémon between games and generations. For example, you can capture Pokémon in Crystal and import them into the newly released Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

Pokémon Crystal was the first game in the series to let you choose to play as either a boy or a girl. The fancy animated sprites also required the more advanced Game Boy Color over the Game Boy.

Pokémon Crystal will be available on the Nintendo eShop on January 26, 2018.