The Joy-Con Controllers are the primary controllers for the Nintendo Switch. With separate left and right variations, the controllers attach either to the sides of the Switch's screen or to the Joy-Con Grip. They each feature Wii Remote-esque gyro / motion controls and HD Rumble.


Nintendo Switch - Joy-Con Infographic
When attached to the Joy-Con Grip, they form a set up similar to a traditional controller, albeit more square-shaped. The controllers can also attach to the Nintendo Switch itself in portable mode for a set up similar to that of a Wii U GamePad. Additionally, the controllers can be used entirely detached for a set-up similar to that of a Wii Remote and Nunchuk combo.

For multiplayer games, each Joy-Con can be used separately as its own controller in a horizontal orientation.

Each Joy-Con has a single analog stick, four circular buttons in the traditional cross layout, two trigger buttons, and two additional buttons near the shorter-length ends of the unit and two shoulder buttons when hold horizontally. The specific features of each Joy-Con are as follows:

  • Joy-Con L
    • Four directional buttons (similar in design to the N64's C-Buttons)
    • L Button
    • ZL Button
    • SL and SR buttons when not connected
    • Minus button
    • Screen capture button
  • Joy-Con R
    • ABXY Buttons similar to Wii U controllers
    • R Button
    • ZR Button
    • SL and SR buttons when not connected
    • Plus button
    • Home button
    • NFC reader
    • IR pointer

Joy-Con Drift

Joy-Con Drift is an issue that people have experienced, where the Joy-Con starts to have movement being detected despite them not actually moving analog stick.[1]


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  • The Joy-Con controllers are unique in they are the first primary Nintendo controller to not feature a traditional D-pad. This is to make horizontal gameplay feel the same no matter which controller is used. The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller does have a traditional D-pad however.


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