D-pad Joy-con
Photo courtesy of IGN

The special D-pad Joy-Con are receiving a Legend of Zelda and Mario makeover. Video game accessory producer, Hori, is bringing these specially licensed themes to a left Joy-Con near you, this coming September. Each Joy-Con is available for pre-order on Amazon for $24.99 each. The D-pad style controllers were previously announced by Hori for the Japan market.  Now, however, they have official western release dates with these two themes.

As Nintendo Switch owners know, the Joy-Con that are packaged with the console or sold separately maintain four separate buttons instead of the traditional cross pad gamers are used to. However, now those who utilize the console primarily in its mobile state have the option to regain the feel of a traditional D-pad that gamers have been familiar with for decades. As the production description states, the D-pad is “great for D-pad intensive titles where lightning accuracy counts such as classic arcade archive titles and your favorite Nintendo Switch platformers, puzzle, and fighting games.” This sounds like a Joy-Con worthy of the Mega Man X Legacy Collection!

D-pad Joy-Cons

The power-draining issue with Japan release

Recently, however, Hori has received complaints in Japan regarding its traditional D-pad controller.  The special Joy-Con has been drawing power from the console at a faster rate than traditional Joy-Con controllers.  For more information regarding this issue, you can find our article covering faulty hardware here.  Hori has acknowledged the problem and is working on a fix.  Furthermore, they have confirmed with Nintendo Life that the fix will be in place for the western release.

Does the traditional D-pad speak to you? Or is there another accessory that you’d rather see? If you’re like me, you are probably thinking the decor on these new releases are pretty awesome (I’m looking at you, Zelda-themed joy-con). Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Chris Hinton
Accountant by day, video games enthusiast by night.  Somewhere in between all of that, I'm a husband, dad, and generally a giant man-child, too.  If a game is all about action, there's a safe bet I'm playing it.  I started laying waste to virtual worlds as a youngin' on the ol' Atari and haven't stopped since.


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