If you own a Nintendo Switch, you’ve likely wondered why a proper D-Pad wasn’t included on either Joy Con. Well, popular accessory maker Hori is here to fix that. It looks like this coming July, Hori is set to release a redesigned left Joy Con that will feature a proper D-Pad, though other characteristics common to normal Joy Cons will be missing.
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If you’ve played certain games on your Switch, a proper D-Pad could come in real handy. Normally, this handiness would be found during normal play with the Joy Cons attached to the Switch, and not in “mobile” play.
Hori’s latest peripheral will really only work when docked on the side of the switch, sadly. The new style Joy Con doesn’t have an accelerometer, gyro sensor, or vibrator motor. Because of this, it’s lacking quite a bit of what a normal Joy Con features.
There is no exact release date, or even if an international release will happen. Right now, it looks like the new Joy Con will be released in China at a price of 2,678 yen, or approximately $25 USD. Obviously, it’ll be possible to import the Joy Con, and there’s no doubt that many will import and resell it.
Do you want a Joy Con with a proper D-Pad? Maybe this third-party accessory will cause Nintendo to see the need (or want) for it and produce an official version.