Nintendo launched the Switch on March 3 of this year. The system was surprisingly well received. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was amazing, plus it was portable, and the Switch has been gaining momentum ever since. There’s just one problem: it doesn’t have a d-pad.
Your Joy-Con controllers will fit in here.
In the past, Nintendo has been synonymous with baffling business decisions and out-of-touch thinking. While that Nintendo still exists, the Japanese company has also started to reinvent itself this generation—and it’s all because of the Switch. The Switch actually feels cool in a way that the Xbox One and PS4 don’t.
The Nintendo Switch grey Joy-Con controllers are pretty nondescript all by themselves, but you can throw a few SNES-themed buttons on there to spice things up if you’re brave enough.
If you, like me and several other Kotaku staff, have run into a consistent left Switch JoyCon signal issue, don’t worry: Nintendo says it’s not in fact a hardware problem, but a “manufacturing variation.” The company also says to contact them for a fix if you’re running into the problem.
Truly painting your Joy-Con controllers will require taking them completely apart. The process looks gnarly but the people who have done it say it’s not that bad.
After only a weekend, I’m still forming my opinions about the Nintendo Switch, but I do know that I love the Joy-Con controllers. Some of my co-workers aren’t as jazzed as me, however. So I did what anyone else would do: demand to measure their hands so I could see if their feelings about the Joy-Con were based on…
I’m seeing a lot of negativity out there about the Switch’s launch line-up, but I really don’t know what people are talking about. The 1-2 Switch is gonna be a system seller, and it’s going to be because of this amazing cow milking mini-game.