Pokémon Let’s Go requires online subscription to access some features
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You can't battle or trade online without subscription

Pokémon fans who aim to play Upcoming Pokémon: Let's Go games will have to purchase online Subscription to access features like ability to trade or battle.

Speaking to Eurogamer, a Pokémon Company spokesperson said:

“Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! will have online play functionality. Battling and trading with other players over the internet or locally will be available in these games. However, the feature set will be somewhat simplified in comparison to previous games in that there is no GTS, Wonder Trade, or Battle Spot (Rating Battle, Free Battle, and Online Competition, etc.) for example. Further details will be revealed at a laterdate. An active membership for the Nintendo Switch Online service, which is scheduled to begin in September of this year, will be required to access these features.”

This is the first time that player will need to pay any  kind of subscription fees for Pokémon games but Nintendo online service is £18/$20 a year which is quite reasonable as compared to PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold. The online service will allow you to play games online and access a library of NES titles, as well as actually backup your save games in the cloud. But on the other side Pokémon players will not have access to Global Trade System, Wonder Trade, or Battle Spot features which is quite popular. This shortage of trading systems might be due to the fact it looks like Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee will focus only on the series'first generation of Pokémon - meaning there are only 151 to collect.

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