Best answer: Yes, the dedicated handheld Switch does work with the Poké Ball Plus controller. It's great to use with the Pokemon: Let's Go games; however, most other Switch games are not compatible or won't be as easy to play using the Poké Ball Plus.
What is the Poké Ball Plus?
It's an exclusive Nintendo Switch controller shaped to look like a Poké Ball from the Pokémon series. It was originally designed to be used with Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!. It's a fun accessory to have whether you're playing these games on your Nintendo Switch or the Switch Lite.
Thanks to the motion controls available with these controllers, when players play the Let's Go games they're able to mimic the action of throwing Poké Balls at Pokémon to capture them. Within these games, a second player can also take control of their own Poké Ball Plus controller and play alongside player one in local co-op.
Outside of the Switch games, the Poké Ball Plus also works with the mobile phone app, Pokémon Go. Once synced with your phone, this unique controller alerts mobile gamers when a Pokémon appears nearby by lighting up and vibrating. You don't even have to be looking at your phone to know something showed up. You only need to press a button to throw a virtual ball at your target. The LED on the controller will change color to let you know if you successfully caught anything. Additionally, this accessory counts your steps, allowing you to hatch incubating Eggs or earn Candy for your Buddy Pokémon.
Can I use the Poké Ball Plus with other Switch games?
This special controller doesn't include as many buttons as you'd find on a pair of Joy-Cons or on the Switch Lite itself. Without all of the necessary controls, certain games will be incredibly frustrating to play, and others won't let you use the Poké Ball Plus at all. For this reason, it's best to only use this accessory with the Let's Go games. Additionally, Nintendo has officially stated that the Poké Ball Plus will not work with Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield.
I choose you
Perfect for the Let's Go games
This fun controller allows gamers to mimic the motion of throwing a Poké Ball to capture Pokémon in the Let's Go Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee games.
Gotta catch 'em all
Who will you choose?
These fun games have you running around the Kanto region battling gym leaders and capturing Pokémon on your quest to become the best trainer. Depending on the version you choose, you'll either begin your journey with Pikachu or Eevee as your starter Pokémon.
Smaller, less expensive, just as much fun
Nintendo Switch Lite works solely in handheld mode, but it uses the same cartridges as the standard Nintendo Switch. Any of your games that offer handheld mode will be compatible, and it can link with Nintendo Switch to play local co-op games.
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