Nintendo is dropping the price of buying a single Joy-Con controller down to $39.99. That’s $10 less than the $49.99 the company originally charged for single controller replacements. The newly priced Joy-Con will be available starting on November 9th.
Interestingly, Nintendo appears to only be discounting two very specific models of its controllers: a right Joy-Con in red and a left Joy-Con in blue — exactly matching the two controllers that are included in Nintendo’s default blue / red Switch SKU.
Starting on 11/9, single #NintendoSwitch Joy-Con controllers will be available for purchase for $39.99. Choose from the left Joy-Con controller in Neon Blue, and the right Joy-Con controller in Neon Red. pic.twitter.com/wXW8BEssS7— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) October 23, 2020
Buying a single Joy-Con tends to only make sense for customers who are looking to replace a broken or lost Joy-Con. It also could offer more options to anyone suffering from Nintendo’s infamous Joy-Con drift issue who simply would prefer to swap out their problematic controller for a new one (although Nintendo is still offering free repairs for that issue, at least for now).
Still unchanged is the $79.99 suggested retail price for a full set of Switch controllers (although there does seem to be an unrelated sale on Amazon right now that drops the price for a new set down to $69.99). The new price, however, means that you can get a single Joy-Con for half the cost of a full new set, instead of being forced to pay a $10 premium for a single controller should you need to replace one.