Contrary to previous reports, motion controls are not required to catch Pokemon while playing Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! in handheld mode, according to a statement from Nintendo. However, there are still many lingering questions about how that process will actually work.
Here’s the full statement provided to IGN by a Nintendo representative:
“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.”