The rivalry between Pikachu and Eevee, the two faces of Pokémon Let's Go!, has been taken to a new level in a series of highly competitive sporting events. Thanks to its starring role in the Pokémon anime series, Pikachu has become easily the most iconic character in the franchise, continuing to shift insane amounts of merchandise more than 20 years after debuting on the Nintendo Game Boy. However, the cute and cuddly Eevee has been a frequent rival to Pikachu's popularity, thanks to its adorable appearance and ability to evolve into an ever-growing array of powerful beasts.
Both Pikachu and Eevee are now heading up the forthcoming Pokémon Let's Go! video game, with each character getting their own version of the title. Pokémon Let's Go! is set to be released on the Nintendo Switch console in November of this year, and promises to blend the traditional Pokémon RPG format, set within the original Kanto region, with more recent mechanics introduced by the Pokémon Go mobile game, such as motion-controlled Pokémon catching. The new game will also include multiplayer gameplay and integration with Pokémon Go, allowing players to trade creatures caught on their smartphones to their Switch console.
To promote Pokémon Let's Go! at the recent Pikachu Outbreak event in Yokohama, Japan, a Sports Day style event was held between Pikachu and Eevee (people in oversized suits), with the two Pokémon going head-to-head in relay, hurdles, fencing, skipping, sumo wrestling and more. The relay event can be seen in the video above, and the remaining clips can be viewed on the official Pokemon Co. Japan YouTube channel.
As could perhaps have been expected, the electric-type Pikachu proved superior in almost every event, racking up the wins with relative ease. Eevee was particularly awful at the skipping challenge, and even managed to pop its own beach ball in the fencing event, proving that a Pokémon can't get by on cuteness alone. However, Eevee would surely have picked up a victory in the relay race were it not for Team Pikachu's final runner, who either violated doping regulations or had Usain Bolt under its suit.
Whether you're a Pokémon fan or simply have an interest in the quirkier side of Japanese culture, the Pikachu vs. Eevee clips are certainly worth checking out for their hilarious, yet strangely fascinating, approach to sporting competition. And while Pikachu may have got the better of its brown fluffy rival here, it'll be interesting to see whose version shifts more units when Pokémon Let's Go! hits shelves later this year.
Pokémon Let's Go! will be released for the Nintendo Switch on November 16.
Source: Pokemon Co. Japan