This article was originally released in March 201
I got my Switch Day it launched in 2017 and I have never loved a console anymore. But I have a slight regret: In the rush to play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, I got a Switch with Gray Joy-Con, a color that feels so antithetic to the vibrant, colorful worlds, the exchanger gives a portal into i.
Fortunately, it is possible to buy a separate pair of Joy-Con, which I have considered. But, through the different options, it's not a couple that I absolutely love. That's why I want to pay good money to customize my Joy-Con.
Currently, there are only a handful of options available here in the United States, including blue, red, yellow, blue, green, and recent purple and orange. But, for whatever reason, Nintendo offers only Joy-Con in links, instead of consumers being able to buy them individually. Only the gray is offered by itself, and it's the least interesting colors Nintendo offers.
I get why Nintendo has adopted this approach. The company can create theme packages while eliminating purchase confusion, because not everyone realizes that the left and right Joy-Con are different. But that means I can't create the exact combination of colors I want. It makes me want Nintendo to embrace something like Microsoft's Xbox Design Lab.
There is so much potential; Nintendo can allow players to customize the buttons, bumpers, joysticks and more. It would open up a world of new color possibilities – well beyond what Nintendo offers right now. Instead, the company is severely limited what is available.
Just look at all possible combinations. Graphic courtesy of Limeheadgames on Reddit.
What's worse is that Nintendo has a Joy-Con color protector on their site, giving Switch owners the ability to create their favorite color combinations. Unfortunately, if you want a left Joy-Con in red and a proper Joy-Con in yellow, you need to buy two different bundles, each of which is $ 79.
It is unlikely that Nintendo will introduce something as complicated as the Xbox Design Lab, which allows consumers to choose colors for body, back, bumpers, d-pad and more – all for $ 79. At least it would be good if Nintendo allowed customers to choose the two colors they want as one bundle. I will pay a little extra to get a custom order sent out!
Apparently, it is possible to buy a customizable Joy-Con pair, but only if you are in Japan. It is unclear why Nintendo has not launched a similar program here in the United States. Certainly, I can't be the only disappointment over the options now available to US consumers.
It's a myriad of third-party services out there eager to customize Nintendo's portable console, but it comes with its own set of potential issues. And it's always a concern for total quality. Nothing fits the fit and ends right from Nintendo.
On Amazon, you can also find different shells for Switch and Joy-Con. But it involves some dismantling and installation, so you take great risk if you go that route. Unless you are comfortable bringing electronics apart and putting them together again, I would not recommend it.
Instead of launching a customization platform, Nintendo will hopefully introduce more color choices this year. For now I'm begrudgingly stuck with two gray joys-Con I can't wait to replace.