Pokemon Let’s Go Johto has not even been officially announced or even properly leaked and it’s still being talked and tweeted about as if it has been blown up all over some mysterious subreddit. Hopeful Pokemasters are betting that the Pokemon Presents on June 24 will reveal this anticipated remake of Pokemon Crystal or sequel to Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee/Pikachu, depending on how you look at it.
Some have been reading into the background Pokemon Company President and CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara’s desk during the last Pokemon Presents. In it, you can see a whole range of Pokemon plushies and many of those are from the second generation of Pokemon. Entei, Raikou, and Suicune on the right are the legendary beasts of that Johto region. Typhlosion and Feraligatr (and Meganium is presumably hidden behind Ishihara’s head), the final evolution of those second gen starters, are next to those beasts. And finally Lugia and Ho-Oh are the legendary flying Pokemon from Gold/Silver/Crystal and reside on the left corner of the shelf.
There are also other plushies that a little more on the nose. Eevee’s two evolutions from the Silver and Gold generation — Umbreon and Espeon — are also on the right lower shelf. Politoed, Ampharos, and Sudowoodo, while not as obvious or important as Eevee, are also just barely visible in the top right. Whether its a coincidence or not, there are an overwhelming number of the second generation of Pokemon represented in Ishihara’s office.
Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda also stated that there were “no particular plans” for a follow-up to Let’s Go Eevee and Let’s Go Pikachu, but that it wasn’t off the table. In an October 2019 interview with Eurogamer, Masuda stated that players should speak up if they want another Let’s Go title.
“So, at the moment there’s no particular plans, but if the fans really like it then definitely keep those voices coming out to the Pokémon Company and Nintendo, and make sure we hear them! [Laughs] We wanna hear those comments!” he said.
And given how it’s been trending on Twitter and how heavily Pokemon uses nostalgia, an imminent Pokemon Let’s Go Johto announcement might not be that farfetch’d, especially since Ishihara teased that the June 24 stream will contain a “big project.” Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee also sold around 12 million units as of March 2020 according to Nintendo.