Hori Is Making Left Switch Joy-Cons With Cross-Shaped D-Pads

The popular accessory manufacturer is making a left-side Joy-Con that should appease fans who yearn for a more traditional directional pad.

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It's pretty safe to say that video game fans are enamored with Nintendo's hybrid Switch hardware — multiple stories of soaring sales numbers and broken records paint a pretty clear picture, after all. With that said, many players, including some of us here at Shacknews, aren't exactly thrilled with the miniscule Joy-Con controllers and their awkward, non-traditional directional pads. Fortunately, Japanese accessory manufacturer Hori has listened to fan feedback, and is gearing up to release special new left-side Joy-Cons featuring a proper cross-shaped d-pad.

A lot of information about Hori's upcoming Joy-Cons has been revealed over on Famitsu, and the folks at Nintendo Life have provided a translation of the page that reveals some of the crucial details players might be interested to learn. In particular, the new Hori Joy-Con should be almost exactly identical to Nintendo's own offering, right down to the dimensions and mass. However, it won't come packed in with motion-sensing hardware — the acceleration sensor and gyro sensor have both been removed, presumably to cut down on costs.

With that said, all the other bells and whistles should be present, including LED player indication lights and support for HD Rumble. It's also worth repeating that the company will only be producing these as left-hand controllers — players who want a similar d-pad on the right-hand Joy-Con will still have to stick with the default Nintendo option for now.

The anticipated cost for Hori's updated Joy-Con will be 2,480 yen, which comes to around $24 in U.S. currency, and Hori is hoping to get the new Joy-Con out to players later this year around July. As for where and how players outside of Japan can get their hands on the updated Joy-Con design, we'll have to wait and see.

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    March 23, 2018 10:45 AM

    Kevin Tucker posted a new article, Hori Is Making Left Switch Joy-Cons With Cross-Shaped D-Pads

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      March 23, 2018 10:48 AM

      i do not understand people's sperging out over the controllers

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      March 23, 2018 11:37 AM

      Awesome. This will also probably make the joy-cons cheaper compared to the regular Nintendo ones.

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      March 23, 2018 11:46 AM

      Sadly no wireless. No rumble and no tilting is understandable, but no handheld-only is a nono.

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        March 23, 2018 11:46 AM

        * no handheld-only

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        March 23, 2018 4:00 PM

        Oh that’s pretty terrible. I guess because Nintendo has the wireless capability locked down to only official controllers.

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          March 23, 2018 4:02 PM

          It seems to me that getting a d-pad in portable mode is the main use case. For docked play, pro controller!

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          March 23, 2018 4:21 PM

          Probably because it would make the joycon expensive. People won’t pay $50 for one with wireless, rumble, gyros, the shoulder buttons on the slide, etc.

          $25 is an easier sell even though it is way more limited in ways you can use it. M

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          March 23, 2018 4:28 PM

          Nah, 8bitdo controllers work with it, though they aren't officially licensed. It's just cost.

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            March 23, 2018 4:31 PM

            I won’t be surprised if 8bitdo eventually makes a joycon with a dpad, gyros, and wireless. I think they’d still skip on haptic feedback, but we’ll see

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              March 23, 2018 4:35 PM

              I bet they'd do at least basic rumble, but I could see them passing on HD just like the SN30Pro.

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        March 23, 2018 4:22 PM

        Yeah this is a terrible option.

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        March 23, 2018 8:25 PM

        doesn't seem that bad?

        I mean it is stupid, but non handheld you can just use a pro controller.

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        March 23, 2018 8:27 PM

        that's like, half the functionality of the controller.

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      March 23, 2018 3:02 PM

      I did the rehousing to add a dpad to mine. It was really hard, really time consuming, but I love the result.
      https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/27503174_10160297329700019_2258609928537924906_o.jpg?oh=1943f9eb34c091cca7eeca7e043af3bd&oe=5B30750B

      Here's the stuff I used, but beware: this mod is very hard, and has a high chance of permanently destroying your joycon. It is not for the faint of heart:
      Housing: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B076T3P75C/
      Tools: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B06XP8FMM2/

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      March 23, 2018 3:15 PM

      I modded mine to have a d-pad a few months ago:

      http://i.chattypics.com/files/joycon1_qaf2092rgd.jpg
      http://i.chattypics.com/files/joycon2_v4gqqk8xz0.jpg

      It works fine. Of course it's using the existing switches; no idea if Hori will get the dpad right.

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        March 23, 2018 3:32 PM

        nice job! I bet that works well, given how nice the switches are underneath

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        March 23, 2018 4:09 PM

        Dude, that looks great! Well done!

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        March 23, 2018 4:11 PM

        That’s cool! What kinda tools do you need to be able to do this?

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          March 23, 2018 4:27 PM

          Nothing more than screwdriver bits and whatnot - I linked a good toolset above in reply to Kallanta.

          You can get replacement shells with d-pads directly from Amazon.

          I will say joycon are SUPER complicated with a three-layer construction so either take photos or follow a guide if you choose to do it.

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      March 23, 2018 4:01 PM

      I just put mine in my ass?

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      March 23, 2018 8:27 PM

      I almost purchased another set of Joy-Cons today @ Toys R Us since they were 10% off but I couldn't bring myself to pay $80 for those damn things.

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        March 23, 2018 8:28 PM

        they are expensive but there is more technology in them than any other console controller

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      March 23, 2018 8:48 PM

      I would pay real cash dollars for slightly larger joycons, d-pad or no

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        March 23, 2018 9:12 PM

        Every millimeter you add to the joycons increases the size of the Switch. The vertical dimension of the device is defined by the 6” screen and the size of the joycons follow that. They are pushing the reasonable limits of what a portable device is, making it larger wouldn’t help that.

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          March 23, 2018 9:19 PM

          True enough. I should probably just get one of these for when I’m at home: https://www.etsy.com/listing/518147574/xbox-comfort-grips-for-nintendo-switch

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            March 23, 2018 9:20 PM

            I was just about to post about comfort grips. A few people here have them and seem to like them. I believe there's one that allows you to dock it without removing it, if I find it I'll post it here.

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              March 23, 2018 9:25 PM

              Yeah they did about as good as they could for the size constraints. It just puts my thumb at an angle where I can’t chord X and B without hitting the right stick.

              First world problems

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          March 23, 2018 10:42 PM

          The joycons are wildly un-ergonomic. i don't give a fuck about hurting portability, i just want some Joy Con Pros that don't have tiny baby buttons. jesus they're like half the size of SNES buttons. that shit is not ok, in any way, shape, or form.

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            March 23, 2018 10:43 PM

            and the fucking triggers? seriously the joycons are terrible. just fucking awful.

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              March 23, 2018 10:57 PM

              Pro controller is my go-to on the couch but I have no problems using joycons either attached or in tabletop mode. They’re my preferred control in Puyo Puyo Tetris and its how I played Super Mario Odyssey. No problems here. My only beef is the left dpad for things like fighting games.

              Agree to disagree

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                March 23, 2018 11:12 PM

                Like, I have higher speed and accuracy playing Puyo Puyo Tetris on joycons over my Xbox One controller, so much so that I’m thinking of getting them working on my PC for that one game now that I also have it on Steam.

                No idea what your problem with the triggers are either, they’re terrific for Bayonetta in handheld mode.