Nintendo confirms that the controllers for the Nintendo Switch are called Joy-Cons and they can be turned into a traditional controller set up with the Joy-Grip accessory.
Finally putting all of the rumors and speculation to rest, Nintendo has announced its brand new console, the Nintendo Switch. The device, which is a hybrid between a home games console and a handheld one, allows users to detach a mobile screen and take it on the go. However, this screen isn’t the only moveable part of the Nintendo Switch, as its controller(s) can be moved about as well.
These controllers, it has now been confirmed, are called Joy-Cons. There are multiple ways for the Joy-Cons to be used, including use with the portable version of the Switch, offering two analogue sticks, a D-pad and A, B, X and Y buttons on the go. Additionally, one player can hold the Joy-Cons in each hand or, as the Mario Kart gameplay from the announcement trailer showed, two players can use the Joy-Cons to play a game with one another. More Joy-Con controllers can be used for multiplayer, but at this stage it’s unclear what the limit on that is.
Also set to be available is the Joy-Grip accessory. The Joy-Grip fits between both of the Joy-Cons, making a more “traditional” controller. The Joy-Grip is in use as a Switch players play a new Mario game; although the controller looks a little different to the other traditional controller set up (the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller) seen in the trailer, it appears to work the same. At this point, it’s unclear how much the Joy-Grip will cost and whether it will be sold separately or if it will come bundled in with the standard Nintendo Switch package.
Many have already begun to praise Nintendo’s input offerings. With players able to use the two Joy-Cons for LAN multiplayer sessions, it means that gamers don’t have to go out and buy an extra controller in order to play a game with their friend. And, although the Joy-Cons aren’t as fancy as the new Xbox One controllers, for example, the fact that they can be rotated and used in different ways does seem to be winning over gamers.
With that said, there are still several big questions that need to be answered. In addition to a lack of official information regarding the price of the Joy-Grip and how many Joy-Cons can be used for multiplayer, fans also want to know the battery life of the controllers. Will the controllers be charged by the portable Nintendo Switch unit? Can they be plugged in elsewhere to charge? Or is it just the main Switch dock that can charge them? There are still several months to go until the Nintendo Switch’s release date, so Nintendo has plenty of time to answer.
The Nintendo Switch is set to release sometime in March 2017.