Pokémon Let's Go and Poké Ball Plus

Instead of using the Joy-Con controller to catch 'em all, you can connect the, much-cooler Poké Ball Plus to use as a controller with Pokémon Let's Go. The white button on top acts as a joystick and when you press it, it triggers the A button. The red button on top of the Poké Ball Plus launches your menu and exits out of windows. Here's how to set it up.

Products used in this guide

How to connect your Poké Ball Plus to Pokémon Let's Go

When you first start Pokémon Let's Go, you'll be asked which controller type you want to use. You can manually Switch to the Poké Ball Plus at any time.

  1. Launch Pokémon Let's Go on your Nintendo Switch.
  2. Press the X button on your Joy-Con.
  3. Press the Y button on your Joy-Con.
  4. Select Open Controller Settings.

    Open the menu and select Options, then select Open Controller Settings

  5. Press the white button on the Poké Ball Plus. It may take a few seconds to connect.
  6. Press the white button on the Poké Ball Plus again after the icon turns red.
  7. Press the white button on the Poké Ball Plus again to confirm that you want to use it.

    Select the Poké Ball Plus, then press the white button on the Poké Ball Plus to confirm

Once connected, your Poké Ball Plus can be used as a standard controller. Use the joystick to walk around. Press the white button on top of the joystick to select things. Press the red button on top of the Poké Ball Plus to open the menu or exit out of windows.

How to disconnect your Poké Ball Plus from Pokémon GO

If you didn't already know this, you can't have the Poké Ball Plus paired with two devices (like your iPhone and Nintendo Switch) at the same time. Luckily, it's easy to unpair your Poké Ball from Pokémon Let's Go. Here's how.

  1. Launch Pokémon Let's Go on your Nintendo Switch.
  2. Press the red button on the Poké Ball Plus to bring up the menu.
  3. Press the Y button on your Joy-Con.
  4. Select Open Controller Settings.

    Open the menu and select Options, then select Open Controller Settings

  5. Press any button on your Joy-Con controllers.
  6. Press the A button on your Joy-Con controller to confirm that you want to use it.

    Press any button on the Joy-Con, then press A to confirm

How to get the most out of Pokémon Let's Go

If you really want to play Pokémon Let's Go in style, you're going to want to pick up a Poké Ball Plus. It's really fun to use instead of those boring old Joy-Cons. Am I right?

The ball

Poké Ball Plus

Catch 'em all with a real Poké Ball!

If you want to really feel like a Pokémon Trainer, nothing beats being able to use a real Poké Ball to catch one. Plus, you get an exclusive, elusive Mythical Mew with it!

The Poké Ball Plus connects to your Nintendo Switch specifically so you can play Pokémon Let's Go (it currently doesn't work with any other games). You can "throw" your Poké Ball Plus, just like a pro and catch 'em all. It also works with Pokémon GO on your phone, so you're getting two gadgets in one!

The game

Pokémon Let's Go

Go back to the Kanto region and relive your Pokémon beginnings all over again!

It's like no other Pokémon game you've ever played. It seamlessly combines the first Pokémon adventure with today's Pokémon GO style of catching mons.

Nintendo has reinvented the Pokémon story all over again. This time, exclusively on Nintendo Switch. You can travel between towns, catching Pokémon, talking to townsfolk, battling other trainers, and even earning Gym Badges. You can also sync up your Pokémon GO game and transfer all of those Kanto Region Pokémon you've been collecting into Pokémon Let's Go.

This post may contain affiliate links. See our disclosure policy for more details.

Latest And Best Prime Day Deals

It might be Prime Day, but this Instant Pot deal is available to everyone
Instant Pot 3-Quart Duo Mini Pressure Cooker
$39.95 $65.00 Save $25

This 3-quart multi-cooker is perfect for smaller households or serving sizes, and today's deal beats the others we've seen.

Unlock voice control with Echo device deals and $5 Amazon smart plugs
Amazon Echo devices bundled with $5 smart plugs

Amazon's Smart Plug lets you start voice controlling anything plugged into it by asking an Alexa-compatible device, and today's deal lets you snag one for only $5 with purchase of select Echo devices.

Be more productive with a year of Office 365 Home and a free $50 Amazon gift card
Office 365 Home 12-month subscription and $50 Amazon gift card
$99.99 $150.00 Save $50

The subscription works with up to six people, but that card can be all yours.

Amazon's Fire TV Cube is down to just $70 thanks to this Prime Day deal
Amazon Fire TV Cube
$69.99 $119.99 Save $50

Grab TCL's 32-inch 720p Roku TV for less than $100 in this Prime Day Lightning deal
TCL 32S325 32-inch 720p Roku TV
$99.99 $130.00 Save $30

Act fast while you can. These Lightning deals tend to sell out quick.

The Ring Alarm security system is reaching new low prices for Prime Day
Ring Alarm home security systems

Various configurations of the Ring Alarm are discounted to their best prices yet exclusively for Prime members at Amazon through Tuesday night to help keep your home secure.

The Sonos Beam Prime Day deal includes a $40 discount and 2 $50 Amazon gift cards
The Sonos Beam Prime Day deal includes a $40 discount and $100 in Amazon gift cards
$359.00 $499.00 Save $140

That's just so much savings in one deal. You'll have to wait for the physical gift cards, but that's basically $100 to spend however you want.

Prime Day dropped this PlayStation 4 console bundle to just $250
PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB console with Marvel's Spider-Man and Horizon Zero Dawn
$249.99 $359.98 Save $110

This deal on the PlayStation 4 Slim console saves you $50 off its regular price while also including Marvel's Spider-Man and Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition for free. You'll just need an Amazon Prime membership to snag it.

More Prime Day Deals