The Switch’s Joy-Con Is Getting A D-Pad From Hori

The Switch’s Joy-Con Is Getting A D-Pad From Hori

Screenshot: Hori

This July, Japanese peripheral maker Hori is releasing a Joy-Con with a proper D-pad. Thank goodness for that! You will, however, have to trade some standard features for it.

The current left Joy-Con features face buttons as does the right one. But if you mostly play in handheld mode, a left-side D-pad might be more comfortable. Hence, why Hori is selling a left Joy-Con with a D-pad.

Note that it can only be used in the handheld mode and doesn’t have acceleration, gyro sensor or vibration features.

According to 4Gamer, it’s priced at 2,678 yen ($32.98), and there’s currently no word of an international release.


  • Why even bother, put in the extra features and sell it and whatever price, it will sell.

    • might have something to do with Nintendo having the intellectual rights to some of the features like HD rumble and not giving out a licence for them to third party manufacturers.

        • ehh some people may prefer a traditional D-Pad they can attach to the switch rather than carrying around a pro controller with them. There’s really nothing wrong with offering consumer choice.

  • If Switch gets a big virtual console catalogue eventually people will want to play the classics on the Switch in the handheld form with a proper d-pad.

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