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Japan Celebrates New Pokémon Game With Themed Subway Cars

To commemorate the upcoming release of Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu And Let’s Go Eevee for the Nintendo Switch, Pokémon-themed trains have debuted in select cities in Japan.

The interiors of the Tokyo Marunouchi and Metro Ginza subway lines have undergone a Pokémon makeover to promote the Let’s Go launch. When the doors open, commuters step into the world of the Let’s Go game with Eevee, Pikachu, Misty, Professor Oak, and Brock, who are prominently featured throughout the cars. The floor of the train displays a map of the route from Kanto, and screens show trailers of the upcoming release.

Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu And Lets Go Eevee is set for release for the Nintendo Switch on November 16. The game will reintroduce players to the original 151 Pokémon, and will also feature the Alolan and Mega Evolved forms from Pokémon X and Y, Alpha Sapphire, and Omega Ruby. Sun and Moon will also appear in the game. The Nintendo Switch will support the multiplayer so you can move the Joy-Con controller to trap a wild Pokémon.

The games, enhanced remakes of the 1998 Game Boy video game Pokémon Yellow, are the first installments of the Pokémon RPG series for the Nintendo Switch. They also include references to Pokémon Go, as well as integration with the app, and support a new controller called the Poké Ball Plus.

According to the official website, "In the game, you start out as a brand-new Pokémon Trainer. You’ll meet, catch, and raise many Pokémon on your journey to improve your skills and become the best Pokémon Trainer that you can be.

"Along the way, you’ll help all sorts of people and thwart the dastardly plans of those who wish to take advantage of Pokémon for their nefarious ends. Of course, you can’t accomplish this alone—you’ll need to work with your partner Pikachu or partner Eevee along with the rest of your Pokémon allies!"

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Japan has been in the midst of Pokémon-mania for the past 20 years. With video games, card games, anime, life-size mascots, and a shoe collection, as well as the Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo Store, and Tokyo’s Pokémon Café, which serves Pikachu lattes in Pikachu mugs, the country is clearly obsessed with Pokémon.

The Pokémon trains will run until August 30. Even if you’re not a fan, the trains are certainly Instagram-worthy and will break up the monotony of riding the subway.

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