NES-style Joy-Cons released, carries hefty $199 price tag

An image of the Joy Con Classic by ColorWare (ColorWare official website)

Owners of the Nintendo Switch are in for another treat. This is even more special to those who were already gamers in the mid-80s to the 90s.

Third company ColorWare released a set of Joy-Cons that pay homage to the old Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). The controllers called Joy Con Classic offer a retro vibe. They are specially painted with the gray and black colors of Nintendo’s old flagship console released in 1985. A report from Gamespot said that the throwback Joy-Cons are crafted from the original manufacturer’s controllers then disassembled by hand before repainted.

The process allowed ColorWare to retain the same feel and functions of the original Joy-Cons. What it does not come with is the same price tag, as the NES-inspired Joy-Cons retail for $199.

According to ColorWare’s official website, players can also use the controllers while attached or separated to the Switch console. Moreover, only the first 25 units bear individual numbers of authenticity.

“Enjoy solo or group gameplay with these Limited Edition Nintendo Joy-Con wireless controllers. Made to work with your existing Nintendo Switch system, these sturdy units come with integrated accelerometers, gyro sensors and buttons for an immersive gaming experience,” the official description read. “Woven wrist straps keep these Nintendo Joy-Con wireless controllers firmly in your hands,” ColorWare added.

Another third party manufacturer, 8Bitdo, will release SNES-style controllers for Switch this year. The controllers, called SNES30, will feature motion controls, Bluetooth, USB-C, rumble vibration, and LEDs functioning as player indicators.

For gamers who owned Japan’s version of the SNES, the Super Famicom, 8Bitdo will also come out with a similar version. They will also release the NES30 Arcade Stick for players who are looking for an old arcade-style feel of play.

Meanwhile, Nintendo’s Version 3.00 update for the Switch allows gamers to “find paired controllers within communication range by activating the vibration feature.” Players can activate the feature by heading to “Controllers” and clicking the “Find Controllers” option. In addition, the latest patch notes also include updates on functionality and general system improvements.