How to turn off gyroscope controls in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Keep the experience pure from motion controls.

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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl support the Joycon’s gyroscope functionality, but if you want to be a traditionalist, you can certainly turn them off. Here’s how to do so.

At almost any point of the game, while exploring the world, pause the game with the Y button. Now, highlight the gear button and press A —Options menu will appear. Near the bottom of the selections, you’ll see a toggle for “Gyroscope.” Move right with the D-Pad or left thumbstick to select “Don’t use.” After you’re all set, press A to confirm and choose “Yes.”

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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are not like the Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee games. Gyroscope is not required to catch Pokémon in this remake; instead, you can use it with certain mini-games.

In this menu, you can also change the following:

  • Your text speed.
  • 24 different windows for the text box.
  • Battle effects and move animations (on or off) for faster battles.
  • Battle Style lets you choose whether or not you want the option to change Pokemon after a foe faints.
  • Send to Boxes allows you to send your Pokemon automatically to your PC boxes.
  • Autosave (on or off)
  • Show Nicknames gives you the choice to show your Pokemon’s nickname or not during Link Battles.
  • The option to change the volume of the background music, sound effects, and Pokemon cries.

If you don’t like how your playthrough is going and want to scrap it, there’s a way to do that.