Joy-Con Controllers – Nintendo Switch Wiki Guide


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The Nintendo Switch offers several different ways to play your favorite games. One of the main ways to play includes using the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers.


Joy-Con Prices as of January 12, 2017 Nintendo Switch Event [1]

Joy-Con controller set $79.99
Individual Joy-Con (L) and Joy-Con (R) controllers $49.99
Joy-Con charging handle $29.99

Nintendo Switch controllers are identified by their product codes, printed on the back of each controller. HAC-015 is the left Joy-Con, HAC-016 is the right Joy-Con, and HAC-014 is the Joy-Con strap.

Joy-Con also lists version information, from the original Gray Launcher set, HAC-A-JCL-C1 (left) and HAC-A-JCR-C1, to the Neon Red/Blue HAC set -A-JCL-C2 (left) and HAC-A-JCR-C2 (right), to newer editions: HAC-A-JCL-C3 and HAC-A-JCR-C3.

Detailed Joy-Con Features

Nintendo first released details about the Joy-Con controllers during its Nintendo Switch presentation on January 12, 2017. All the features announced are present in the standard models:

  • The analog stick of each Joy-Con controller can be pressed like a button.
  • The Joy-Con (R) controller includes an NFC function that can read and write amiibo data.
  • The Joy-Con’s square capture button (L) can capture gameplay screenshots (short press) and videos (long press, not available in all games), which can be shared on social media.
  • Each Joy-Con controller includes accelerometers and gyro sensors for motion control gaming, meaning they are reasonably capable of replicating Wii motion/pointer commands.
  • An “HD Rumble” system integrated into the Joy-Con controllers can mimic certain sensations, such as shaking a glass full of ice or filling that glass with water. It can simulate multiple objects inside which can be distinctly detected by shaking the controller.
  • The Joy-Con (R) has an infrared motion camera that detects the shape, movement, and distance of objects in front of it. It can tell the difference between rock, paper and scissors, measure your pulse and know how far away your hand is.
  • Joy-Con controllers are available in various colors, initially released in the standard Grey, Neon Red and Neon Blue combinations.
  • Later versions included a special edition Joy-Con with printed elements and multicolored cases.
  • The wrist straps, supplied with the Nintendo Switch console, make the SL and SR buttons located on the fixing rails of Joy-Con controllers more prominent. The straps included are black, although some color versions (for early neon colors and gray) were also made available, but sold separately.

Each Switch console will come with Joy-Con (L) and Joy-Con (R) controllers, which can be used in conjunction with the included Joy-Con Grip to form a more traditional controller system – with a gap in the middle. A Joy-Con charging handle is also available. It includes a USB charging port and charges the attached Joy-Con.

The Joy-Con can either be used in one piece with the Grip or Charging Grip, or hold one in each hand to the Wii Remote and Nunchuk when playing in TV Mode or Table Mode respectively. The Joy-Con can also be attached to either side of the Switch console itself to take the Switch out of its dock and on the go in handheld mode.

In Tabletop mode, the Nintendo Switch console can be placed on a built-in kickstand, and one or more users can use the Joy-Con controllers to play both single and multiplayer games in this mode. A single Joy-Con can be held sideways to play with friends, as each Joy-Con controller is nearly identical in this configuration ((R) and (L) controllers include an analog stick, four face buttons, and two buttons shoulder. ) and as such can be used as an individual controller in this way.

Battery life and Joy-Con charger

According to a Nintendo representative, the battery life of the Joy-Con controllers is about 8 p.m. Optional batteries have also been made available, designed to extend the playtime of motion-active games like Arms.

Each of Joy-Con controllers can be charged by inserting them into the Joy-Con charging grip (sold separately) or leaving them attached to the docked Switch.

Joy-Con Accessories

wrist straps – Standard gray straps are included with the Nintendo Switch, but Neon Red and Neon Blue straps have also been made available. Unfortunately, the manufacturer struggled with color matching. Other colors were released later.

Joy-Con Wheel – The Joy-Con can be inserted into a plastic wheel for racing games. The Joy-Con wheel is listed at US$14.99 and comes in a set of two – one for each Joy-Con.

Battery Joy-Con – Nintendo Joy-Con AA battery was released with Arms, as a solution for Joy-Con to drain battery faster when using in-game motion controls. MSRP is $34.99.


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