I see a lot of the Hori -Handheld Only- Joy-Con at work a lot. It got me wondering if Nintendo would ever release a Joy-Con with a built in D-Pad soon for us who don't like the default 4 button layout. I'm one of the Switch players who do not take the console out or ever play on handheld mode. I love using the Pro Controller and Charging Grips that I own for my Switch and prefer to play the game on my HDTV rather than the small tablet screen. Even when there is a blackout, I put the Switch on tabletop mode and play with my controllers rather than playing on handheld. It's just my preference. Enough about that though, let's talk about the reason I created this post.
An actual D-Pad would feel amazing on the left Joy-Con, and it would enhance the gameplay so much for games like Street Fighter II/30th Anniversary Collection, Mega Man, Super Mario, Dragon Ball FighterZ, etc. I am mostly a platformer/fighter/run n gun type of gamer. I love 3D open world games too but, growing up with 90's video games has made me way more attracted to these older type games rather than most open world games. So, as you could imagine, playing games like Street Fighter or Dragon Ball FighterZ with 4 buttons instead of a D-Pad is uncomfortable and frustrating. Trying to roll the down, downright, right with 4 buttons feels almost impossible. Doing that on the Pro Controller with an actual D-Pad though is flawless. Now, I know a lot of people's solution to this would be to get a Pro Controller or get our Joy-Con modded somewhere on eBay. 2 things though, the 2 options are expensive and not everyone is blessed enough to buy everything to make gaming on their favorite consoles convenient, also let's not forget that modding your Joy-Con automatically voids the warranty. A single D-Pad Joy-Con would roughly be half the price of a Joy-Con set which run at about $70 while the Pro Controller runs at about $80. The already modded Joy-Con on eBay are showing at $125. That's a lot of money. All some people, like myself, are asking for is a single Joy-Con with the built in D-Pad. This could run at around $35-$40 by itself. That IMO would be awesome.
Honestly, I really hope Nintendo takes that into consideration. Hori created a genius product. I just wish it wasn't a handheld only device.