Laid to Wake
- Oct 18, 2012
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The Poké Ball Plus isn't required to play the game or to remain competitive in the game.Didn't they literally make people who wanted Mew on their copy of Let's Go pay ~45 bucks for the PokéBall Plus accessory?
Not saying Game Freak is just as bad as EA (yet), but it's clear which direction they're moving in.
Mew isn't required to complete the game or remain competitive in the game. It's definitely a major player in the LGPE meta, but it has counters, and you can survive without it. (And you can contrast this with Melmetal, another major asset Mythical Pokémon in the LGPE meta, which you can obtain without spending a single cent.)
It's one (1!) bonus Pokémon which has never actually been available through normal means in the first place. And even then, it is still possible to trade it from one Let's Go game to another, so if you find someone who is willing to part with theirs, you can obtain it without paying anything yourself. I don't know what they'd be asking for in return, but the possibility is there.
Furthermore, you say they're "heading in that direction," but they ain't done it for Sword & Shield. The Poké Ball Plus Mew most historically resembles how Manaphy and Phione were first distributed, exclusively through Pokémon Ranger (a game that is otherwise completely incompatible with and dissimilar to the core series in terms of gameplay, whereas the Poké Ball Plus is a device that augments the gameplay of Let's Go and GO, making it in my view far less of a blatant "please also buy this" cash grab since it actually has something to do with the games you're playing). So that's a whopping two (2!) bad calls made in regards to approaching Mythical distributions in a 25-year history, and I don't think we should hyperfixate on those while ignoring everything else I said about how convenient and accessible almost everything else is being made.