One of the most-requested, pie in the sky peripherals for the Nintendo Switch has been a left Joy-Con controller with a real d-pad, instead of the original model with separated buttons. The original design makes sense, as the Joy-Cons serve dual purpose as full or half a controller, but fans of classic games such as the Hamster Arcade Archives series yearn for a better d-pad. Now, peripheral maker Hori is answering the call, albeit with some caveats.
Hitting Japan later this summer, Hori’s new left Joy-Con will have a more traditional d-pad, allowing retro gamers the opportunity to have more precise control over their games. But it does come with some pretty serious compromises. The device, which costs roughly $25, lacks HD Rumble, a gyro sensor, wireless support, and the internal “shoulder” buttons. This device is intended for handheld use only. While that is a bit of a bummer, it does come at half the price of official Nintendo Joy-Cons with all the bells and whistles.