The only thing Tamagotchis have over Pokémon is that the former doesn’t rub its toy-like hardware in your real-life pets’ faces. That’s what gamers are finding out around the world as the Nintendo Switch’s first Pokémon games, Pokémon: Let's Go Pikachu and Pokémon: Let's Go Eevee, hit stores with the new Pokéball controllers.
These balls, which act as motion controllers for the game as well as a pseudo-Pokéwalker for storing and bringing a select one of your video game monsters on the go, are fooling a lot of pets that think their owners are trying to play fetch with a new toy, when in reality, they just want to catch new, brightly-colored, pixelated battle pets. And also get the legendary Mew, which comes with every ball. It’s a depressing bit of miscommunication.
First reported by The Verge, this trend has led to chomped controllers, disappointed would-be toy retrievers, and plenty of fan discussion about how best to keep their electronic Switch add-ons (that just happen to be noisy rope balls) away from prying paws.
Turns out that pretending to throw a ball — with effectively the same motion that people use to actually psych out their pets — will fool your beloved furry friends. Perhaps that’s why they’re chewing up everyone’s Pokéballs: revenge. Sure, they look like fun chew toys anyways, but when it has the added benefit of reminding your owner who’s the REAL pet around these parts, they gotta get chewed.
Just don’t let your pets watch you battling a gym leader or you’ll never get to go to the dog park again.