Don't throw away those Joy-Cons just yet, Switch 2 could be compatible after all

Don't throw away those Joy-Cons just yet, Switch 2 could be compatible after all
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Joseph Kime


29th Apr 2024 15:45

The upcoming Nintendo console has a lot hinging on it, so we don't envy its position right now. Following one of the company's greatest-ever successes in debuting the Switch, and knowing Nintendo's track record, it can climb even higher or sink straight to the bottom.

Fans think that if the next console isn't a direct successor to the Switch, we're going to be in trouble. Luckily, leaks claim that we're looking at a big win for fans.

Players are hoping for a lot from the next iteration of the Switch, and leaks indicate that big changes are coming to how games are actually played, especially as one rumour indicates we're in for magnetic Joy-Cons. Another leak has hinted that the older models won't be entirely useless.

Old Joy-Cons will reportedly work with your new Nintendo console

The Nintendo Switch OLED model.
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A new report has claimed that even though magnetic Joy-Cons will become the new norm for the successor to the Switch, that doesn't mean that your existing controllers will be fit for landfill.

We already twigged that players can still use the Nintendo Switch Pro controller, as indicated by recent leaks, but now it looks like there are more peripherals at our disposal than we expected.

A new post from Mobapad offers some more insight into how the Joy-Con magnets work, using "electromagnetic suction technology controlled by electric current," but goes on to suggest that players will still be able to use their old Joy-Cons wirelessly with the console.

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This means you likely won't have the full handheld experience on the go with the same old Joy-Cons, but given that the new console will presumably come with the new ones attached, this probably isn't much of a problem.

It's an interesting suggestion, and it proves that Nintendo is thinking about its existing customer base rather than aiming for new ones. After all, with the sales of the Switch in the first place, it's unlikely that there are many Nintendo fans without one. It looks like we're in for another winner from Nintendo.

Joseph Kime
About the author
Joseph Kime
Joseph Kime is the Senior Trending News Journalist for GGRecon from Devon, UK. Before graduating from MarJon University with a degree in Journalism, he started writing music reviews for his own website before writing for the likes of FANDOM, Zavvi and The Digital Fix. He is host of the Big Screen Book Club podcast, and author of Building A Universe, a book that chronicles the history of superhero movies. His favourite games include DOOM (2016), Celeste and Pokemon Emerald.
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