Peripheral manufacturer Hori delivers a D-pad for Nintendo’s console, but it’s a bit light on features.
When Nintendo designed the Switch, it made a rather unusual decision when deciding on the buttons to position on each Joy-Con controller. Rather than including a D-pad on the left Joy-Con, Nintendo instead opted to flip and mirror the right Joy-Con buttons. For anyone playing fighting or retro arcade games, it’s frustrating not to have access to a D-pad.
As a regular user of the Switch Pro Controller, I have a D-pad available, but that’s of no use in Portable Mode. However, peripheral manufacturer Hori is coming to the rescue of mobile Switch gamers. As Siliconera reports, Hori is set to release a left Joy-Con replacement that replaces the four buttons found on the official controller with a D-pad.
At $23 and only available in blue, Hori’s left Joy-Con is quite cheap, but there’s a reason for that. The controller isn’t wireless so can only be used in Portable Mode. It also doesn’t include HD Rumble, the player LED, a sync button, SL and SR buttons, an accelerometer, or gyro sensors. So it’s a Joy-Con for a very limited set of games, which is a shame. At least it’s easy to switch out for the original left Joy-Con.
While there’s no word on whether Hori will release this left Joy-Con in the West, Switch owners in Japan should be able to buy the officially licensed peripheral at some point in July.