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Differences in Playing Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu/Let's Go Eevee with Handheld, Joycon, and Poke Ball Plus

There are three ways to play Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee on Nintendo Switch. The three ways are with Handheld, Joycon, or Poke Ball Plus. Each has a slightly different interaction, especially in terms of button navigation and how to catch Pokemon.

Each of the three methods also has its own advantages. In this article, we’ll outline what it’s like to play with each one setup and its advantages and disadvantages.


Handheld makes you unable to play on a bigger screen. But in return you get better control when playing Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee.

You have some access to the button shortcuts which is more like when using Joycon. One thing that sets it apart from Joycon is when you catch Pokemon.

When using a Handheld, you just need to make sure the Pokemon is in the center of the screen. After that you just press the A button.

Sometimes, Pokemon will move to the right or left to make it harder to catch. If you’re using a Handheld, you just need to move the Switch towards the Pokemon. In other words, your Switch is a camera.

Catching Pokemon with Handheld might be a bit of a hassle because you have to move around a bit. But instead, the interaction of throwing Poke Balls becomes more consistent. Whether or not your throw is right depends on the position of the Pokemon on the screen.


Playing with Joycon lets you play with the Switch docked. This means you can play with a bigger screen. Not only that, more buttons also make the control more efficient.

To catch Pokemon with the Joycon, you have to swing the Joycon at the screen. Some Pokemon will move right or left, but will never leave the screen.

The problem I often encounter when using the Joycon is throwing accuracy. The few swings I did made the Poke Balls not thrown properly. For example, when I swing a little to the side, the Poke Ball is still thrown straight ahead.

This makes several attempts to catch Pokemon fail. If it happens multiple times, this may not be a problem. However, if you face Pokemon with catch rate low, this problem will be annoying.

Pokeball Plus

Unlike Handheld and Joycon, Poke Ball Plus only has two buttons. This definitely makes navigation in games especially menus 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 the shape, the Poke Ball Plus throw is more accurate. This of course makes catching Pokemon a lot easier because you no longer fail just because you missed your throw.

Also, don’t forget that Poke Ball Plus will give you Mew for free.

Catching Pokemon is the main feature of this game. Because of that, I think playing with Handheld is the most comfortable way to play Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee_.