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At long last you can customize the button layout for your Joy-Con or Pro Controller on the Switch.

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The much-requested feature was added last night in a firmware update and means players can now change their controller layouts at the system level rather than only if specific games that allow for it. While great in general, it’s an especially nice feature for the Joy-Con since each can function as its own controller during local coop. In addition to swapping the A and B buttons, you can also change the orientation of the analog stick depending on whether you want to grip the Joy-Con horizontally or vertically (which is perfect for games you might one to play one-handed like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe).

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Firmware update 10.0 also added some other nice features including the ability to transfer downloaded game files between the system memory and an SD card. This means you can finally organize your digital games better.

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The console can save up to five different button layouts as presets that you can then simply swap between whenever you want, a nice option for when you’re switching from say a fighting game to a shooter or if people with different controller needs are sharing the same Switch. The only drawback is that it currently doesn’t work for third-party controllers or retro ones like the GameCube’s.

Illustration for article titled The Nintendo Switch Finally Lets You Remap The Controls
Screenshot: Nintendo
Illustration for article titled The Nintendo Switch Finally Lets You Remap The Controls
Screenshot: Nintendo

Both PS4 and Xbox One have allowed button mapping for several years now, and even the Wii U had lots of options including letting you customize the controls for all of its Virtual Console games. When NES games first came to the Switch, Nintendo instead decided to sell an entire new controller rather than just let players change which button let them jump in games like Super Mario Bros. 3. Many times have I died to that first Goomba on stage 1-1 because I kept trying to jump with B. No longer.

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The new feature goes a long way toward helping make the Switch a more accessible console. Button remapping still isn’t as robust as something like Microsoft’s Adaptive controller, but it’s a step in the right direction. Of course, there are ways to get the Adaptive controller working on the Switch as well, but only if you buy an adapter and do some tinkering. Maybe Nintendo’s next firmware release will add proper support for that as well.

Kotaku staff writer. You can reach him at ethan.gach@kotaku.com

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