Yep, catching doesn’t work like that. Even the anime knows it and since the first episode.
Thankfully, the games are spin-off titles and not part of the main games.
And here’s some quick facts that people may not know yet about the game but that are already confirmed:
- There’s no wild pokémon battles at all. No option to do it in any way. You don’t even choose a pokémon whenever you encounter a wild pokémon.
- Only the first 151 pokémon available plus Alolan pokémon that have alolan form and an a new 8th gen pokémon.
There’s no online at all. I don’t think there’s even local wireless even. At least it doesn’t seem to exist either.It seems there was a miscommunication (translation error, I guess). There is online and local for both battle and trading. It just won’t be using the Nintendo Switch Online service. (Battles and its levels are based on the Pokémon Go CP system, though)
- When in two player mode, battles against NPC trainers will be 2 vs 1, with the players having an obvious advantage. Catching in 2 player mode also seems to give you some sort of benefits so catching is easier. This means that you could simply grab the second joycon yourself and make the game easier.
- The Pokéball Plus controller can also work as a Pokémon Go Plus. Its battery only lasts 3 hours, though.
Overall, the games seem to be more like an expansion to Pokémon Go than anything else.