So, if you can recall, the other day I posted a story about how I was able to demo the new Pokemon Let’s Go games. My demo version was the Pikachu version, which was controlled exclusively with the Pokeball Plus accessory, which launches alongside the games in November.
What Does It Look Like?
Imagine a ball that’s about the same size, maybe a smidgen larger than a golf ball. It’s rubbery, has a joystick in the middle of it, and has a strap that wraps on the ring finger to ensure you don’t chuck it at your TV on accident. And guys, you’re gonna want to play with the wrist strap on this one. There’s a button on top that acts as the go back button, but I was instructed to not use that button if I could avoid it. It makes noises, it vibrates, and the central ring glows in several different colors: red, yellow, green, and white.
How much? What Does it Come With?
For $49.99 you get a Mew preloaded onto it. So there, not a total ripoff! Plus, my dad at Nintendo says Mew is under some kind of truck…
Does It Work? Will It Blend?
For the price being paid, I think it’s a genius controller. The thing I like the most about Let’s Go Pikachu isn’t in the game play, it’s the idea that I can play the game entirely one-handed and still find room to use my phone in the other. Getting used to the ball took me no time at all. My hand is large-ish, which I’ll compare to reaching across ten keys on the piano, because that’s my version of “banana for scale.” The ball felt good in my hand. It wasn’t cramped, it felt natural holding and using. It’s probably not gonna blend well, sorry. I don’t think Nintendo’s gonna like it if I do that.
How Do I Not Suck at Using This?
You’re gonna want to master the art of the muscle flex. You don’t want to full-tilt throw the ball. That could end badly. The motion sensing, while not perfect, does work out well. I only had an issue at some point which was when I was tossing the thing and it kept veering straight off to the left. Calibration was a little bit off and after righting the Pokeball things went back to normal. When you toss the ball, you need to time the circle. As the circle gets smaller, and if you toss the ball inside of that circle, you can land a Good, Great, or Excellent toss, which will increase the EXP multiplier your Pokemon get after battling. What worked for me was counting in my head, from when the circle hits its biggest point to when the circle diameter decreases. I counted to two, and then tossed, and ended up with pretty good shots.
Is It Fun?
Nothing is going to beat the fact that I can play this one-handed and use my phone in the other. Imagine how much more productive I’m going to be with my life, and what I can do with my free hand. It’s a nice controller that gets you one step closer to being a true Pokemon master.
Where Can I Buy This? Should I?
Well, you have a couple hundred million extra players from Pokemon GO who may invest in the series a little bit more, so expect this accessory to be a hit as we near the holidays. Not only will Switches fly off the shelves, the accessory is going to as well, because it’s probably the best way to play the game. Buy it now on Amazon, or your local retailer, and buy it soon.
How Do You Feel About This?
I’m a sucker for Pokemon, I’ll admit. From a game play perspective, I don’t see why you wouldn’t want to play without this though, because it actually is pretty cool to be able to hold a Pokeball in my hand. It’ll make that experience for you, and if you played GO a lot, you’re going to feel right at home.