You can’t put a price on relentless drifting.
If there’s been one black spot on the Nintendo Switch’s nearly flawless success story since the console launched, it has to be its Joy-Con controllers- most notably, their analog sticks, which have been called out for drifting issues since pretty much the day the console came out, and have even been the subject of a full-fledged class action lawsuit against Nintendo.
There’s no telling when or if there will be any resolution to that issue in particular, but there’s some good news on the Joy-Con front nonetheless. Nintendo have announced through Twitter that they are reducing the price of a single Joy-Con controller purchase to $39.99, down from $49.99. This price reduction is applicable in North America, following a similar reduction in Joy-Con prices in Japan not too long ago.
Of course, the total price of two single Joy-Con purchases will still equal the price of a set of two controllers, which means the price cut doesn’t really mean as much in the grand scheme of things… but hey, it’s something.
Hopefully, similar price drops will follow in other regions as well, but for now, there’s no word from Nintendo on whether that’ll happen.
Meanwhile, a recent patent may indicate that Nintendo is looking into manufacturing and selling new standalone Joy-Con controllers. Read more on that through here.
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