People have been buzzing about the Poke Ball Plus, a new peripheral by the Pokemon Company compatible with Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee for Nintendo Switch. But is this accessory worth your time? Here’s everything we know about it so far.
It will be available on November 16, 2018. A listing at EB Games AU, it’s listed at $69.95, which translates to about 55 American dollars. The Pokemon Company, nor Nintendo, have confirmed if this pricing is accurate. But since a regular Joycon is around the same price, it makes sense.
The Poke Ball Plus functions as a controller in the Let’s Go games. There is a button on the top of the ball, and the central “button” is actually a joystick. Using one hand, you can play the game in its entirety using these two inputs. You can even “throw” the ball when catching Pokemon in-game.
You can send a Pokemon from your Switch game into the Poke Ball, taking it with you in your travels. The Pokemon can be heard coming from the ball itself. Though it is unclear whether it provides any in-game benefits. You can “gently shake” the Poke Ball to make it light up, vibrate, and to hear your Pokemon cry out from inside.
You can also connect the Poke Ball Plus to your smartphone, and use it with Pokemon Go. It functions the same way as the Go Plus accessory, vibrating and flashing to indicate nearby Pokemon. Pressing the button lets you attempt to capture said Pokemon. It’s different in that the ball will also count your steps, adding towards hatching eggs and gaining candy.
The Poke Ball Plus is about the size of a golf ball. The package comes with the ball, charging cable, and a warranty. It contains a non-removable Lithium-Ion 220 mAh battery. While the official site says it has a three-hour battery life. This is a typo. It takes three hours to fully charge, the total usage time remains unknown.