A rather disappointing tidbit is hidden away in CNET’s Switch Lite announcement interview with Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser: the Switch Lite D-pad is going to stay on the handheld-only system for the time being. Bowser kept it short and sweet when the topic came up, saying “there are no plans, or nothing to announce, in terms of further variations of Joy-Con.”
A Switch Joy-Con with a D-pad has been a popular request for a while, but for the time being, it will have to remain a fantasy for those not willing to pony up for a Switch Lite. Hopefully, positive reception for the Switch Lite D-pad will spur Nintendo to rethink matters later on.
Meanwhile, the Switch Lite, releasing this September 20th on the same day as The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, packs a few new options that will prove tempting for a lot of us. Alongside the D-pad, which will be perfect for lots of platformers and NES games, it has improved battery life and a compact design optimized for portable play.
What do you all think? Are you disappointed by this news? Are you a secretly-excited D-pad hater? Are you already so on board with the Switch Lite that you couldn’t care less about the OG Switch? Sound off in the comments!