With the launch of the next-gen consoles quickly approaching, it’s almost difficult to believe that the Nintendo Switch has been released for nearly four years now. Within this period, various controller options, console variations, and games have been launched exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. However, today Nintendo chose to permanently decrease the cost of the console’s Joy-Con controllers.
The Joy-Con controllers are the ones that most owners closely link with the Nintendo Switch. Their general design, portability, and aesthetics have become iconic as the years go by, though the controllers also faced multiple criticisms due to technical issues. Now, more than three years later, Nintendo announces it’s lessening the cost of the Joy-Con controllers.
A few hours ago, Nintendo revealed that all single Joy-Cons will be sold at $40, a full $10 lesser than its original price. This cost cutback will be in effect starting November 9, 2020. Players might possibly see this price devaluation as a result of the parade of lawsuits Nintendo is facing because of the Joy-Con drifting issues, but this is not so.
Starting on 11/9, single #NintendoSwitch Joy-Con controllers will be available for purchase for $39.99. Choose from the left Joy-Con controller in Neon Blue, and the right Joy-Con controller in Neon Red. pic.twitter.com/wXW8BEssS7
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) October 23, 2020
Nintendo actually revealed a similar price cut down in Japan a few days ago. While the cost cutback was not revealed across the world, many presume that because the cost of the Joy-Cons had been reduced in Japan, it only makes sense that the cost would be lessened in other parts of the globe as well. It’s really nice that Switch users will now be able to get new controllers at a lower and more reasonable price.
Even with a significant price cut, the extent of disappointment that some players possess regarding the drifting issue of the Joy-Con controllers is hard to ignore. The abovementioned lawsuits that Nintendo is facing over this controller problem have been staggering, especially within this year.
As a matter of fact, a mother along with his 10-year old boy recently filed a case against Nintendo regarding the same controller drifting issue, so for some, the move to lower the cost of the Joy-Con can be viewed less as a nice gesture and more of a way to save face.
However, regardless of the controller problems, it is great to know that the Joy-Con won’t cost as much to have relatively now. Not to mention, despite having controller drifting issues, the Nintendo Switch is still an amazing console financially speaking and has recently topped the Wii’s hardware sales record which was set in 2008.
With an exemplary collection of games and various ports of third-party games, there’s a lot to experience on the Nintendo Switch and hopefully, this price cut will make these things easier.