Hori’s Grip Controller Turns The Switch Into An Absolute Unit [Update]

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The Nintendo Switch in handheld mode is essentially a game controller cut in half with a display wedged in the middle. Hori’s Daemon X Machina Grip controller, launching in September in Japan, is a more literal interpretation of the concept. Update: And now there’s a North American Amazon listing for it.

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The Grip controller is pretty limited. It doesn’t have an internal battery, so it can only be used when attached to the Switch. It’s got no gyro sensor, infrared camera, NFC communication or vibration. What it does have is chunky buttons, large analog sticks, a proper d-pad and what looks like a nice heft.

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Hori used the extra real estate on the Grip controller to add a programmable button on the back, which can be mapped to any other button on the controller.

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And for extra attack power in Daemon X Machina, the mech game the Grip controller was designed for, the controller has a turbo feature that allows a button to activate five, ten or twenty times when pressed.

There’s no word on whether or not the Daemon X Machina Grip controller is coming to North America. It goes on sale in Japan in September for around $45 USD, and there’s always the option of importing one, if you really want your Switch to be this huge.

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Update, 9:00 p.m. Eastern: Pointed out by Wario64 on Twitter, there is now a preorder listing for the Hori Switch Split Pad Pro on U.S. Amazon.com. It costs $49.99 and will release on September 30.

DISCUSSION

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I really like this. I never play my Switch in handheld mode because it’s just not that comfortable. The joycons always felt like they were designed for their tiny compact form factor and not to be a good actual controller both separately and joined together. This might be a little clunkier, but I bet it feels better to play.