Pokémon Let’s Go is playable in handheld mode without motion controls

Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee launch in just a few months, yet there’s still some confusion about the game. More specifically, whether or not you can play the game in handheld mode without motion controls. IGN recently reached out to Nintendo to clear up the confusion. Here’s what Nintendo had to say:

Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! do not require players to use motion controls or physical gestures when in Handheld Mode. Instead, players can use the joystick on the left Joy-Con controller to aim and press the A button to throw a Poké Ball. The simulated throwing motion associated with the Joy-Con controllers or Poké Ball Plus are intended to enhance the gameplay experience, but are not required to play these games.”

So the game does work in handheld mode without motion controls. This is great news considering the negative reaction to Super Mario Party not being playable in handheld mode. A representative from The Pokémon Company also reached out to IGN and had this to say:

There is no function to turn off motion controls,” but that “this does not impact that player’s ability to use the buttons and joysticks to play the game in handheld mode.”

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back.

It’s certainly great that fans can enjoy the games in handheld mode without motion controls, but it’s strange that there’s no way to turn them off. I guess we will have to wait for more gameplay to see how this control scheme truly plays out.

How do you take this news? If you’re not a fan of motion controls it does put a damper on things. Will this hinder your decision to purchase the game? As always let us know what you think down below!


Veronica Carusi
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