Pokémon: Let’s Go, the new game that’s out to bridge the gulf between types of Pokémon fans, can be played with regular Joy-Con controllers. But based on our actual gameplay experience so far, the real way to play the upcoming adventure for the Switch will be through the new Poké Ball Plus controller. At E3, Nintendo announced pricing information for the controller along with the news that each Poké Ball Plus will come with a free Mew.
And in addition to working as a functional controller for the game, there’s the added fun of being able to transfer a pokémon to the controller, where it can make noise and vibrate the controller for a truly authentic on-the-go Pokémon experience. Nintendo is also including a bonus for players who spend the extra dough on the controller: each Poké Ball Plus will come with the rare pokémon Mew already installed for use with the Pokémon: Let’s Go game.
Each controller comes with a rare Mew
The Poké Ball Plus is available either as a separate $49.99 purchase, or in a bundle with either Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! for $99.99. The controller has roughly three hours of battery life and can be recharged with the regular Switch charger or any other compatible USB-C plug.
Sure, the extra $40 to $50 may seem a little pricey for what amounts to a fairly limited, single-purpose controller. But can you really put a price on becoming a true Pokémon Master? (Answer: Yes. In this case, it’s $99.99.)