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GEEK PICK Hori DPad Controller for Nintendo Switch

first_img The most fundamental part of the Nintendo Switch experience is obviously the Switch tablet itself. Undocked it’s the body of a high-end gaming portable. Docked and plugged into a TV it’s the brains of a modest home gaming console. And you can Switch between the two modes at anytime.However, the secret sauce for what makes the console-handheld hybrid concept sing so beautifully are arguably the detachable the Joy-Con controllers. Their versatility is what makes the Switch so versatile. Snap them onto the tablet to complete the portable. Attached them into a controller grip for TV play. Or even turn them each sideways for immediate two-player fun.Unfortunately, that last feature required a bit of a design compromise. In order to get four face buttons on both Joy-Con, the directional pad on the left Joy-Con was replaced with a set of four different buttons. It’s totally playable but not the idea way of tackling 2D classics like the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection or Mega Man X Legacy Collection. Fortunately, a true D-pad Joy-Con is now possible thanks to this new accessory from Hori. The Hori D-Pad Controller is a Nintendo Switch accessory that’s basically a replacement left Joy-Con swapping the four directional buttons for a true cross-shaped D-Pad. It slides onto the side of your Switch like any other Joy-Con and includes the other buttons you need like the screenshot button, analog stick, and shoulder trigger. You can get custom Mario and Zelda color schemes and at $25 it’s half the price of a traditional Nintendo Joy-Con.But you should know you are losing some things in exchange for gaining that D-Pad and some extra cash. This Joy-Con lacks Bluetooth, HD rumble, motion-sensing, and the inner SR/SL triggers. That means you can’t play with it sideways or detached from the Switch at all. This is really just for having a D-Pad while playing the Switch portably. Besides, the Pro Controller already has a D-Pad for playing on the TV.The Hori D-Pad Controller for Nintendo Switch launches in America this September. Hopefully the Japanese battery drainage issues will be fixed by then. And if you’re looking for more ways to make your Switch more convenient, check out our Geek Pick on the Nintendo Switch Adjustable Charging Stand.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls last_img read more