Another pair of “Joy-Cons” cost a lot of money when the Nintendo Switch was launched – and the alternative, the “Switch Pro Controller”, was quite expensive at first. Apparently, gadgets and features such as NFC, HD rumble and the infrared camera have driven up the costs of the additional controllers for starting the console. In the meantime, you can get the Joy-Con sets for almost the usual price of other first-party controllers. In Cyberweek there are Joy-Cons at a reasonable price.
Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons: On sale for Cyber Monday
Cyber Monday update (November 30th, 2020):
The Cyberweek and Black Friday Sale ends with Cyber Monday and so the offer for the Joy-Cons is only available today. You can still get the following color variations of the Joy-Cons on Amazon and OTTO for 57.99 euros (plus shipping costs):
Switch Joy-Cons: Drop in price for removable controllers
At the start of Nintendo's hybrid console, an additional pair of Joy-Cons went for the recommended retail price of 79.99 euros over the counter in Europe. The typical street price, however, was around 75 euros per Joy-Con set. Less than half a year later, you could get two Joy-Cons for just under 70 euros. This price remained stable for a long time until the controllers made another small jump down to 65 euros in May 2019. Currently you can often get a Joy-Con set for 65-70 euros.
The different color variants differ only insignificantly in terms of price. It doesn't matter whether you want the controllers in gray, yellow, red / blue, green / pink, purple / orange or blue / yellow – the different sets are often only 1-2 euros apart. With large providers like Amazon or Saturn you currently pay around 70 euros for a set. You can find the cheapest price on price comparison sites such as Idealo, billiger.de or Geizhals.
With certain promotions or on special sales “holidays” like Black Friday you can get the Joy-Cons for 55 euros – but you can't be picky about the color. If you want the absolutely cheapest price, you should therefore wait for such offer days.
Joy-Cons: For whom is it worth buying?
If you are looking for a controller for yourself or for multiplayer games that you can use for TV mode, you should look at the "Switch Pro Controller". With the normal Switch, two Joy-Cons are included as standard, with which you can already play titles such as "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe", "Super Mario Party" and more in multiplayer mode. If you want to play four people on the console with the original hardware as cheaply as possible, you can of course buy a second set of Joy-Cons.
Buying Joy-Cons can also be worthwhile for Switch-Lite owners, as the buttons and sticks are firmly attached to the handheld. So if you would like to play games in local multiplayer with the Lite or would like to play the titles that absolutely require the additional features of the Joy-Cons, you need a set of controllers and a way to charge them.
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