Earlier today, IGN released an article about catching Pokemon in Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee while in Handheld Mode. According to IGN, “motion controls are not necessary to catch a Pokemon in Pokemon: Let’s Go when in handheld mode, however, moving the console would trigger motion controls”. Meanwhile, IGN received a couple of official statements. The first one came from a representative from Nintendo, and another one came from a representative at The Pokemon Company. The latter was only a sentence long, but both relayed the same message. They both say that Pokemon Let’s Go won’t require players to use motion controls in handheld mode. You can see the full statements provided by Nintendo and The Pokemon Company down below.
Nintendo: “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.”
The Pokemon Company: “there is no function to turn off motion controls, but this does not impact that player’s ability to use the buttons and joysticks to play the game in handheld mode.”