The Switch Joy-Con is Remarkable

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

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I admit that I wasn’t sure what to expect with the Nintendo Switch controller. Called the Joy-Con, it appears to incorporate aspects from all previous Nintendo consoles and even portables in one tiny controller. Seems impossible, but they have managed to make a truly unique product here.

For one, as we already knew, the Joy-Con could be used as a controller with the Grip at home or connected with the primary viewing screen as a portable. Now we know quite a bit more about it. For one, it has the capacity for screen capture (with video capture in the future), it has an amiibo reader (yay!), and a home button. More surprising is that the Joy-Con has an accelerometer and gyro sensors. They confusingly compared this to it reading how many ice cubes are in a glass, as well as the volume of water in that glass. I admit I wasn’t clear on how that would work, but it’s nice to know us fans of the Wiimote aren’t forgotten, since the Joy-Con works like a Wiimote. These sensors (which provide sensing and vibration tech) are the HD Rumble.

The Joy-Con also has rail L and R buttons that connect to base. As we know, each Joy-Con unit is a fully functioning controller (or as they put it, “sharing the joy”). And, since this is Nintendo, there will be color variations, starting with neon blue and red. though I assume more colors will be available later on. Also in Nintendo’s wheelhouse are wrist straps which can be used for comfort when using the mini Joy-Con units. These slide on the rails and provide more prominent L and R buttons on the strap. Besides the 3 base colors, other straps will be sold separately.

Overall, the Joy-Con looks like a remarkable piece of technology. I hope it makes games more innovative and fun in 2017.

About Josh Speer

Josh Speer is addicted to two things in equal measure : Books and Videogames. He has a degree from the University of Washington in English with an emphasis on writing. He joined Operation Rainfall last year while following it on Facebook. His two giant life goals are to write his own series of fantasy / science fiction novels and to get into the creative side of the video game industry. He is beyond pleased to now have his proverbial foot in the door thanks to the opportunity provided by Oprainfall!




  • Mr0303

    They seem rather small to use as individual controllers, but it is impressive how much tech is packed in them.

  • Panpopo

    Agreed. HD rumble lol. My N64 younger self would flip.