The Nintendo Switch features several different ways of playing your favorite games. One of the main ways to play includes the use of the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers.
Joy-Con Prices as of January 12, 2017 Nintendo Switch event 
|Joy-Con controller set||$79.99 USD|
|Individual Joy-Con (L) and Joy-Con (R) controllers||$49.99 USD|
|Joy-Con Charging Grip||$29.99 USD|
Nintendo released additional details on the Joy-Con Controllers during the January 12 Nintendo Switch Presentation.
- Each Joy-Con Controller’s analog stick can be pressed like a button.
- The Joy-Con (R) controller includes an NFC feature that can read and write amiibo data.
- The square Capture Button on the Joy-Con (L) can capture screenshots of gameplay, which can be shared over social media. In the future (undefined), it will be able to capture and share video as well.
- Each Joy-Con controller include accelerometers and gyro sensors for motion-control play.
- An “HD Rumble” system built into the Joy-Con controllers can emulate certain sensations, such as shaking a glass full of ice, or filling that glass with water.
- The Joy-Con (R) has a motion-IR camera that senses shape, motion and distance of objects in front of it. It can tell the difference between rock, paper and scissors and it can tell how far away the hand is.
- Joy-Con controllers are available in different colors, initially in the standard Grey, Neon Red, and Neon Blue.
- Wrist straps, included with the Nintendo Switch console, make the SL and SR buttons located on the attachment rails of Joy-Con controllers more prominent.
Each Switch console will come with both the Joy-Con (L) and Joy-Con (R) controllers, which can be used in conjunction with the Joy-Con Charging Grip to form a more traditional controller system – with a space in the middle.
The Joy-Con can either be used with the in one piece with the Charging Grip or held one in each hand a la the Wii Remote and Nunchuk when playing in TV Mode or Tabletop Mode respectively. The Joy-Con also be attached to either side of the Switch console itself to take the Switch out of its dock and on the go in Handheld Mode.
In Tabletop Mode, the Nintendo Switch console can be stood up on a built-in kickstand, and one or more users can use the Joy-Con controllers to play both single-player and multiplayer games in this mode. A single Joy-Con can be held sideways to play with friends, as each Joy-Con controller is nearly identical in this configuration (both (R) and (L) controllers include an analog control stick, four face buttons, and two shoulder buttons) and as such can be used as an individual controller in this way.
EditJoy-Con Battery Life and Charger
According to a Nintendo representative, the battery life of the Joy-Con Controllers are about 20 hours.
Each of the Joy-Con controllers can be charged by inserting them in the Joy-Con Charging Grip (one of which is included with the Switch, with extras purchasable separately as shown below), leaving them attached to the docked Switch, or by plugging in a charging cable.
Wrist Straps – Standard Grey wrist straps are included with the Nintendo Switch, but Neon Red and Neon Blue wrist straps will be available at launch as well. The colored straps were shown off during the Nintendo Switch event.
Joy-Con Wheel – The Joy-Con can be inserted into a plastic wheel for racing games. The Joy-Con Wheel is listed at $14.99 USD and comes in a set of two – one for each Joy-Con.