There are three ways to play Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee on Nintendo Switch. The three ways are by Handheld, Joycon, or Poke Ball Plus. Each of them has slightly different interactions, especially in terms of button navigation and how to catch Pokemon.
Each of the three ways also has its own advantages. In this article, we’ll break down what it’s like to play with each one setup as well as its advantages and disadvantages.
Handheld makes you unable to play on a bigger screen. But in exchange you get better control when playing Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee.
You have some access to the buttons shortcuts which is more like when using Joycon. One thing that differentiates it from Joycon is when you catch Pokemon.
When using a handheld, you only need to make sure the Pokemon is in the middle of the screen. After that, all you have to do is press the A button.
Sometimes, Pokemon will move to the right or left to make it difficult to catch. If you use a handheld, you only need to move the Switch towards the Pokemon. In other words, your Switch is a camera.
Catching Pokemon with a handheld might be a bit inconvenient because you have to move around a bit. But instead the interaction of throwing Poke Balls becomes more consistent. Whether you throw correctly or not depends on the position of the Pokemon on the screen.
Playing with Joycon lets you play with Switch in docked condition. This means you can play on a bigger screen. Not only that, more buttons also make control more efficient.
To catch Pokemon with Joycon, you have to swing the Joycon at the screen. Some Pokemon will move to the right or left, but will never leave the screen.
The problem that I often encounter when using Joycon is the accuracy of the throw. Several swings that I did make the Poke Ball not thrown properly. For example, when I swing a little to the side, the Poke Ball will still be thrown straight ahead.
This makes several attempts to catch Pokemon fail. If this happens a few times, this may not be a problem. But if facing Pokemon with catch rate low, this problem would become annoying.
Poke Ball Plus
Unlike Handheld and Joycon, Poke Ball Plus only has two buttons. This clearly makes navigation in the game, especially the menu, more difficult.
Catching Pokemon with Poke Ball Plus is the same as when using Joycon. You have to swing the Pokeball to the area of the screen according to the position of the Pokemon.
Unlike the Joycon, throwing Poke Balls with Poke Ball Plus feels more consistent. Either because of its shape, throwing Poke Ball Plus is more accurate. This of course makes catching Pokemon much easier as you no longer fail just because you miss your throw.
Also, don’t forget that Poke Ball Plus will give you Mew for free.
Catching Pokemon is the main feature of the game. Because of that, in my opinion, playing with a handheld is the most comfortable way to play Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee_.