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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 5522 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very neat little devices!

    Posted
    djm3
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    I have to be honest. My two biggest concerns with the Switch as a gaming console were both related to the joy-cons. First and foremost was my lack of faith in wireless controls. Perhaps I'm too old school, and haven't had much experience using newer systems and newer game controls, but I have always had a wired connection to my consoles in the past. My second concern was the size of these devices. They're tiny! But as it turns out, these things have been (so far) absolutely flawless both in form and function. Both the set I recieved with my Switch as well as the spare set I purchased in order to play some serious local 4-player Mario Kart tournaments have not given me any troubles. Battery life is phenomenal, the capabilities of the devices are really impressive (play a few mini-games on 1-2-Switch to check out some of the neat capabilities of these devices!), and the motion controls are far more accurate than I could have believed possible before purchasing my Switch. Even playing with one joy-con in the horizontal orientation is much more manageable than I expected, although it is admittedly not comfortable for longer gaming sessions due to the diminutive size of the device. But if you intend to do any sort of local multi-player type gaming on your Switch, then you definitely need to pick up a second set of joy-cons, regardless of color. Yes, you can play with two players on your standard set that comes with your device, but it's a lot more comfortable to play with one in each hand, and it doesn't hurt to have the option to expand your two sets into four separate controls. I'm way more impressed with these than I thought I would be, and I think that everyone who owns a Switch really ought to have at least one spare set of joy-cons to go with it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent addition to the Switch

    Posted
    jopark23
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    First of all, the neon colored Joy Cons are absolutely difficult to purchase. The inventory of these items practically don't exist and the only way to luck out buying them is to check the website every day or pay a little more on eBay. Persistence surely pays off because I was able to have my pick of the crop among the colors one afternoon when BestBuy received some inventory of Switch accessories. Secondly, when you do finally get your hands on a set, the neon colored (Red/Blue combo is what I purchased) is absolutely amazing. The bright colors of the physical product are poorly represented on the cardboard box, but maybe it's a good thing because when you take them out of the box and actually see them with your own eyes of how bright the colors are, then you will surely be more impressed! Immediately, you get a rush to play endlessly all night because the colors make you a "better" player. Who cares about work, right? Wrong. Go to work. Playing the Switch all day doesn't pay your bills. Last, but definitely not least, if you own the Switch with the neon Joy Cons, you now have 4 different color combinations to play with... Red/Blue, Red/Red, Blue/Red, and Blue/Blue. Whatever combination you fancy, the controllers are top-notch quality, albeit some people face issues with the left Joy Con (I have yet to experience the same, knock on wood). Regardless, if you can get your hands on a pair, then it's definitely worth the purchase. Rumors have it that Nintendo will release various color combinations in the future. Their "latest" offering in the USA is the ARMS neon yellow Joy Cons, while Japan has already seen the Splatoon 2 neon green/pink versions (Autumn 2017 in USA).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    An unfortunate necessity

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    Forte
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    I, like many others, prefer playing the Switch in handheld mode. Unfortunately, this means being at the mercy of the Joy-Cons. I have had a ton of issues with these, specifically the left Joy-Cons. I am now on my fifth pair. The first had a de-sync issue which Nintendo repaired. The second had an issue where pushing the left stick all the way up wouldn't fully register so characters would just walk instead of run. The third had an issue where even when I wasn't touching the left stick, the character would walk left by themselves. Then the fourth immediately had a mushy feel to the L button and the left stick made a clicking sound right out of the box. Issues 2 and 3 happened just outside of Nintendo's one year warranty, so I had no choice but to purchase a new pair. Nintendo really should not be charging $80 for these as they are cheaply made. They claim that it's actually 2 controllers, but the single Joy-Con functionality is way too limited for that to be true. I really cannot recommend these. So many have had issues with them, and they are far too overpriced for what you get. Of course, if you play mainly in handheld mode, you really have no other choice. If you are trying to decide between these or a Pro Controller for docked mode, stay far away from these and just get the Pro Controller.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    quality isn't the greatest

    Posted
    Steve

    These joycons start out well but rarely last more than a few months or around 400 hrs of gameplay for me. The main problem is how they designed the joysticks. They are far too precise so that even with a tiny bit of wear they will sometimes get stuck and continue to register movement in the center position. I guess this can be called joystick drift and it makes most games unplayable as you watch your character wander off in some random direction when you want him to stay put. Dusting and opening up for cleaning does nothing. Neither does resetting calibration or updating the firmware. So if I want to continue playing games on this system, I'm stuck buying a new pair every few months. It also isn't great that some joycons are tight and others very loose when installed on the switch. You can fix this with tape on the side, but you shouldn't have to. If they can improve the durability of the control sticks, these would be great. I've never had to buy controlers so often on any other past nintendo system. Usually they would last for years without breaking. Maybe these are just too small and harder to build. And since I only like playing in handheld mode, there is really no other option for me. My october made switch joycons from last year as well as several other pairs of joycons bought separately all developed the joystick failure after a few months of playing. I wish all games had the option of using the directional buttons instead of the stick, because I never had any problems with the push buttons wearing out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Left joycon not working

    Posted
    AVega
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    Ugh Either I have awful luck or Nintendo has awful manufacturing because I has issues with the left joycon 3x in a row ! Seriously! The left joycon doesn't hold sync with Switch and inputs would be wrong . I returned it and I had the same issue with the next version. I had this issue with my launch system left joycon and had to call nintendo to fix it . That's what I did here , and they fixed it and shipped it back to me free of charge . Call 1-800-255-3700 if the controller feels to de sync and occasionally inputs are off . That being said once they do work it's nice . The HD rumble is a nice feature and more advanced motion controls work nicely . I miss a D pad but I do like you can play games with a single joycon. Now that I have 4 working joycon , I will never buy another set . Grey color looks adult and overall it's not bad . I wish it was cheaper but being able to split up and play 4 player with 2 joycon sets is nice . Battery life is fantastic. So yeah the issue with left joycon is a serious issue so that should give you caution. Maybe it's been resolved in newest controllers but still something to think about .

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Overpriced necessity for multiplayer gaming

    Posted
    0kGoN0w
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    Nintendo makes quality pieces of hardware. These are no exception. The controllers have a good solid feel, and there is a relatively high amount of tech packed into the Joy-Cons themselves (IR cameras, Gyros, Etc). For those with larger hands, cramping will occur if your into "all night gaming sessions" (unless you get the optional comfort grip sold separately). My own personal gripe is that the joy con "sticks" are not off set from the the arrow/buttons on both controllers. That leads to some accidental button pushing/control issues. All that being said they retail for significantly more than their competitors (i.e. Microsoft, Sony) charge for their controllers. That there is the rub. Nintendo does, what Nintendo does. If you factor in all the nickle and dime'ing that they do, like purchasing a grip/shell to hold these Joy-Cons, the high likely hood of having to buy a SD card for additional storage, over priced extra system docks; the fact is people will pay it. Hence the one star deduction in my book.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent choice for new or extra Joy-Cons

    Posted
    Zachari
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    When the Splatoon 2 bundle released, I was bummed to find out that this color scheme was exclusive to it in the US. I ended up buying my girlfriend the bundle so we had them around, but I never really got to use them. Fast forward several months, and I saw these on the shelf at Best Buy and immediately purchased them because my Joy-Cons were aging poorly. The build quality is great, and they've been a huge upgrade from my old Joy-Con's sticks. The main draw, though, is obviously the color scheme. I was aware that these actually aren't the same as the Splatoon 2 bundle when buying them, but that's something to be aware of. The left Joy-Con is pink and right Joy-Con is green while the Splatoon 2 bundle's Joy-Cons are swapped. A neat advantage to this for anyone who does own the Splatoon 2 bundle is that purchasing this now allows you to choose a Switch color scheme that's either all green, all pink, or any combo of the two. Overall, they're great looking Joy-Cons if you're looking for something a little more colorful than the basic red, blue, and grey options.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Wrist Strap Buttons

    Posted
    TheRush
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    I would like to start off by saying that I love the nintendo switch, and I love the joy cons. They worked flawlessly and were also well maintained by adults, no kids have ever touched my system. However I am writing this review to only bring to light an issue I happened to come across with my wrist straps. The adjusters for my wrist straps failed after only three weeks of light usage. The button ended up falling out, exposing the actual strap that's usually hidden inside the button housing. I suspect that the plastic that was used had some type of defect in that batch (the retaining flanges were very very brittle). As my original joy cons wrist straps are still going strong, I don't think this issue effects a majority of joy cons. Despite all of this, best buy helped me out a great deal. I returned my joy cons w/ the wrist straps (which both had the defect in the strap retaining buttons), without the box, but with the receipt, and they were able to get a new pair shipped out to me with next day shipping free of charge. Overall I rate the joy cons about a 4.5/5 but with this particular set I have to give it a 3, due to the issue with the wrist straps.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    They are what they are.

    Posted
    Micah
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    For everything I like about the Joycons there’s 3 things I dislike about them. Much like most of Nintendo’s other controllers they all have their quirks. Personally I feel they’re a little too expensive for what they are. I never thought they were the most comfortable things out there either. I don’t mind the a symmetrical design when it comes to full size controllers like the pro controller or even the Xbox controller but for these I feel like they’re just too clustered. With that said I can adapt to that and eventually look past it. What really bothers me is the build quality. I’ve gone through 2 pairs of joycons and I primarily use the system docked with the pro controller. The Joycons are prone for stick drift and for 70-80 dollars controllers not even lasting a couple years with light use is disgusting. The last pair I bought I wised up and purchased the protection plan so when these break ( which they will ) I’ll swap them out and buy another protection plan.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Flexible but not comfortable

    Posted
    Smoothy
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    I do really love the flexibility of the joycons (use on console in portable mode, use in grip like a "full" controller, use individually in some games that support that). That said, as a man with meaty hands, they are not very comfortable to use over time. The sticks feel really loose in shooters like Splatoon or TPA like Zelda and for me and the buttons are small and hurt to press in games like Mario Kart where the A button is the accelerator (and thus pressed for 99% of racing). I mean you do really need these to get the most of the Switch and the flexibility is great but whenever I'm at home, I grab the pro controller instead (except in games like Arms where you use the joycons to punch while in each hand). So, it's a good idea to get a 2nd set of joycons for games like arms or party games with users that don't really know how to use a gamepad.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Pricey

    Posted
    Scott
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    These little controllers work well, and the battery life is amazing. However, I feel Ninetendo is trying to match a market of consoles way out of there league when it comes to graphics power, speed, and style of games. $80 for two tint controllers no bigger than half of a dollar bill seems steep. They work as they should, and I have had no problems with them when it comes to use, but the high price matching with top tier console platforms is out of control. By no means do I believe anything Nintendo pumps out should be this pricey. I only got the controllers for Mario Party, nothing else as they feel funny when used on a controllers attachment. They lay around a lot because I only use then for one game and only when a lot of people are over that want to play. I am pretty unhappy with Nintendo, but there is no doubt that these controllers are nice and will last a long time even with my hatred towards their pricing decisions on their whole line of Switch consoles and products.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    LIT

    Posted
    keeara12345

    They can feel a bit small after hours of play on one Joy-Con. They are not incredibly fragile but they also don't feel anywhere near as resilient as a GameCube controller. The price is fair but shocking for one pretty decent controller that converts into two decent controllers. All that said, they are the conduit between you and an exciting new landscape in gaming via the Switch. Amazing hand feel, havent had a single "de-syncing" issue. Wear the straps, be aware of your surroundings. You know that kid is a little slow, maybe coach them along the way before blindly letting them have at it. As that is what will happen, they will have at it. You, and they will be laughing consistently and thoroughly. These things are lit. Enjoy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Great Product, Too Frequent issues

    Posted
    FastDubs
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    I love the joycon concept for the Nintendo Switch. They are much smaller yet so much more powerful than the wiimotes of yesteryear. the addition of a second joystick is something that nintendo has needed to do for years to their default controllers. Using each joycon alone in landscape mode is a little bit cramped. I prefer using the right joycon. My biggest gripe is the reliability issues. Nintendo has addressed this, but it was months ago. When I bought this, they should have fixed the issue a while ago. I stood only about 15 feet from the console, and putting some obstacle between the console and the controllers (as in there isn't a direct line of sight), they would disconnect. Even if they didn't, control became erratic. Overall, my problem isn't with the product itself. If they were to fix this issue like they said they would, they would receive 5 stars. Until that happens, however, I stick behind my 2 stars

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent controllers

    Posted
    Jaime
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    Truthfully, Joy-Cons are great little controllers. The 3* review though is mostly due to the fact that they're "overpriced" and not entirely ergonomic (even with the wrist strap attachments). They're solid but not great for a good gaming session. I'd recommend just picking up a Pro Controller if you tend to play mostly solo and casually with other friends (without a switch) and use the two Joy-Cons as two extra controllers if it's REALLY necessary, or give the second friend you may chill with the Joy-Con Grip/Joy-Cons. Chances are, friends will have a Switch too nowadays so you can expect them to have Joy-Cons already in the worse case. Extra's aren't totally necessary UNLESS you really need to cater to family and you use your switch purely for affairs as such where they're less likely to have some Joy-Cons or a Switch for that matter.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great value, comfortable and versatile

    Posted
    xno0bx
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    "Oh boy, more wiimotes" Not exactly. The joycons are quite versatile and I am impressed with the thought Nintendo put into the Switch and all of its accesories. The grips combine the two into a serviceable controller. Yes, the pro controller and any other standard controller are more comfortable. But this will do. The real strength shines in using each as separate controllers. You in essence get two controllers for the price of one. This won't do for every game, but it will do for many of the better simplistic multiplayer games (Bomberman, most likely Mario Kart) Nintendo even includes a top snap on contraption for more heft and comfort to be added. I've heard no complains from any of my casual gaming friends regarding comfort or confusion. Invest in a pair or two of joycons for multiplayer sessions and grab yourself a pro controller for any extended sessions on single player games

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Buy it to complete red and blue sets!

    Posted
    AlexV
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    If you bought a Nintendo Switch with the included neon blue and red Joycons, these are perfect for completing a set of each color. That's because when you buy this 2 pack it includes the opposite color side from what's included with the system. My kids and I absolutely love it. -1 star because the Joycons sometimes tend to have "drifting" issues where, after months of use, the switch believes the sticks are moving on their own while playing. Nintendo was able to fix this problem for me twice for free by sending them in for repair. To be clear, I have not had any problems with this particular set I bought at best buy. The problem popped up with the ones that came with the system at launch back in March of 2017.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    fun new controllers

    Posted
    Greenwood
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    I love these new controllers. Again, there is a little learning curve. I tried them in the 'standard controller' that they can slide into, but i actually prefer them separate. They are small, so that is where the learning curve comes into play. The other part you have to lear is the + and - controller. It makes a difference on how you slide the wrist connectors on, how you slide them onto the switch itself, how you slide them into the charger, and how you slide them onto the 'standard controller'. It is also a different feeling to have a controller in each hand that is not connected to the other (every other game system i've played including wii). But once you get the hang of it, it is extremely fun to use these controllers. Way to go Nintendo!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice colors, controllers function well

    Posted
    DrLame
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    I'm happy to report that both the right and left joy-con that came in the box function well. My Switch initially came with gray joy-cons, and like many others who purchased a Switch when it first came out, the reception on my original left joy-con isn't good. Sometimes my inputs don't register with the system. However, the left joy-con on this replacement set functions much better. I personally like the colors, and it makes it easy to tell at a glance whose controller belongs to who when you're using them individually. The only real negative is that Nintendo charges way too much for Switch accessories. The MSRP for Switch joy-cons, pro controllers, docks, etc is far too high. That alone is worth the loss of a star. If the MSRP for joy-cons was $60 rather than $80, I would've given this 5 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    No player left behind

    Posted
    Rockstar
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    After Santa delivered a Switch, a few games and an accessory or two, all was well. That is until your wife wants to challenge you kids in Mario cart races and other Mario based games. Thus, a trip to Best Buy was in short order. Because the Switch is my sons, he chose the all gray model of controllers. My daughter's however wanted color and something different than that bratty brother. These two controllers linked up easily and provide enough access for bo one to have to sit in the "pits." Happy racing, or whatever is your game of choice. This is a must have for those who have a few kids, or great to have for sleepovers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Controller works for a couple weeks

    Posted
    ZMack
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    Everything seemed fantastic about this purchase. Immediately synced to my Switch. All buttons functioning as intended. Fast forward to less than a month later: Top two triggers completely stopped working. Buttons still function mechanically, but no signal is sent back to the system. Would I purchase it again? Yes Would I make sure to buy the geek squad protection? Also yes. Do I expect this product to last? Unfortunately no For the price, I think it's worth it. This is assuming it lasts longer than three weeks. I will be bringing it back to best buy in hopes for a replacement.

    I would recommend this to a friend