Nintendo is giving away a free Mew with every Poke Ball Plus controller purchase, which feels... weird

Pokemon Let's Go (opens in new tab) Pikachu and Eevee are launching with a special, and totally optional, controller accessory called the Poke Ball Plus. It's basically a Joy-Con shaped like a Poke Ball, and you can use it to play the entire game thanks to its built in joystick, accelerometer and more. 

But it turns out Nintendo is going one step further and offering you a little incentive to buy the Poke Ball Plus. A free Mew. Now, because of the ability to bring your Pokemon from Pokemon Go into Pokemon Lets Go, you may well already have a way to bring Mew into your game. If you complete all the Special Field Research, you'll be rewarded with your very own Mew, but it's unclear as yet whether you'll be able to bring that Mew into Let's Go. 

It feels a bit strange that Nintendo is almost turning its Poke Ball Plus into a loot box for Pokemon Lets Go. It's not quite pay to win, but it is as close as you're going to get in a Pokemon game. 

Interesting Nintendo hasn't yet confirmed how much the Poke Ball Plus is going to cost, but if it's anything like the Joy-Cons, it'll be about £40/$40.

Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee are arriving on November 14, exclusively for Nintendo Switch. The pair of games are inspired by Pokemon Yellow from back in the Game Boy days, crossed with elements of the easy to pick up and play Pokemon Go on iOS and Android. 

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