Earlier this year, we learned that third-party peripheral manufacturer HORI would be releasing their own Joy-Con design for the Nintendo Switch featuring a traditional D-pad. However, after releasing the product in Japan recently, customers noticed that the controller, which uses the Switch’s battery as a power source rather than an internal battery like Nintendo’s Joy-Cons, drains the battery of the system even if it is in sleep mode and the controller is not in use.
HORI has recently confirmed that the device will be making its way to the west soon (in new Mario and Zelda designs, no less!), and that the battery drain issue will be resolved before the peripheral’s western launch in September. So, if you’re looking forward to the device, you shouldn’t have to worry about that issue in the western version of the product.