Nintendo Switch controller explained: How do the Joy-Con controllers work?

Nintendo Switch controller explained: How do the Joy-Con controllers work?
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Source: Nintendo

The Nintendo Switch is a totally new concept for a game console, and that means a totally new type of controller to go with it.  

Enter Joy-Con, a modular system designed to support the Nintendo Switch. Here's everything we know about the controllers so far.

In an official press release, Nintendo describes all the different ways you can use the Joy-Con controllers. You can attach them to either side of the console's portable display for gaming on the go, or detach them and prop up the Switch using a built-in kickstand.

Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers in action
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Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers: Multiplayer on the go

Some games will require both Joy-Con controllers to play, but other multiplayer titles only need one. So you'll be able to play with a friend using one controller each for games like Mario Kart. You can even combine two Nintendo Switch consoles for a four-player experience.

Nintendo Switch multiplayer Mario Kart... in a car!
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Nintendo also notes that the detachable controllers will "easily click back" onto the portable display or connect to a special Joy-Con Grip accessory that mirrors a regular controller. 

Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Grip
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Additionally, Nintendo will sell an optional Switch Pro controller, which offers a more traditional experience similar to the Wii U Pro controller.

Nintendo Switch Pro controller
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The Nintendo Switch is set to launch in March 2017. Nintendo still hasn't revealed the official price or release date.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob is the editor of Multiplayer, Mic's gaming channel. He can be reached at jkleinman@mic.com.

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