Nintendo Switch Getting Third-Party Joy-Con With Traditional D-Pad

A third-party hardware maker is producing a joy-con peripheral with a traditional D-Pad for the Nintendo Switch.

The device is manufactured by Hori and will replace the left Joy-Con controller.

According to Famitsu, the peripheral will trade the motion-sensing capabilities of a typical Joy-Con for the D-pad, making it useful for those with serious ambitions in Switch fighting games that demand precise inputs.

The Joy-Con with D-Pad, via Famitsu

However, it looks like the controller won’t be able to transmit a wireless signal to the tablet while undocked from the Switch, so the device is only seemingly usable in portable mode.

The Hori D-Pad peripheral will debut in Japan this July, retailing for 2,678 Yen, which is around £18/€20/$25/.

Hori is known for producing a range of Nintendo Switch accessories as well as controllers including carry cases and play stands. Check out more of their peripherals in our Nintendo Switch accessories guide.

Exit Theatre Mode

If you fancy a more D.I.Y approach, check out IGN’s in-depth tutorial on how to attach a D-pad to your Joy-Con’s from the comfort of your home.

Dataminers recently revealed a number of clues referencing a potential hardware update for the Switch found in the latest 5.0 firmware update.

Jordan Oloman is a Freelance Writer for IGN, waiting for that elusive Resident Evil 4 Switch chainsaw controller. Follow him on Twitter.

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