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Joy-Con is the main controller set for the Nintendo Switch and one of two types that can be used in Splatoon 2. They use Bluetooth LE technology and have a battery life of over 20 hours of continuous gameplay. They also ditched traditional vibration technology in favor of HD Rumble for finer haptic feedback, and the aging + Control Pad for a 4-button array identical to with arrows replacing the letters on the Joy-Con (L), for more comfortable controls and the same single controller experience as with the Joy-Con (R).
A Joy-Con (L)/Joy-Con (R) pair, two straps and a grip are included with every Nintendo Switch set, with extras and individual L/R controllers sold separately. Minus the L/R shoulder buttons, they are exactly as tall as the console itself to create a continuous rounded rectangle shape when they are attached to it.
Joy-Con (L) controllers have 11 buttons. A directional 4-button array that replaces the + Control Pad, the clickable stick, the shoulder button, the trigger, the Capture button, SL and SR, , and SYNC, which doubles as a power/reset button.
The Joy-Con Grip is an accessory included with every Nintendo Switch, that the player slots the Joy-Cons into either side of it to form a more conventional controller, however it does not add any other feature or establish any communications with the console or controllers whatsoever. The Joy-Con Charging Grip is a separate accessory that charges the controllers while using it if it is connected to the Nintendo S, and has a translucent plastic backing rather than the matte opaque plastic used in the regular grip.
- : Used primarily to move the player's character in all directions.
- : Allows players to transform into squids or octopuses. In this form, Inklings and Octolings are able to move faster through their own ink and jump farther.
- : Used to throw clams that the player currently possesses in Clam Blitz.
- Directional Buttons: Up and down on the directional buttons is used for Signals. On the map screen, holding while pressing Left, Right or Up will slow the player to Super Jump to another player and Down s jumps to the Spawn Point.
- Motion controls: By tilting the Joy-Con up, down, left, and right, players are able to change their Inkling's view and aim, and to move the cursor to Super Jump.
- : Used for more precise aiming, and controls which direction the player looks. Clicking it in will activates the players Special Weapon. The stick is used a lot in menus.
- : Allows players to splatter ink using a variety of weapons. In Inkopolis Square, this button is used to zoom in on specific landmarks.
- : Allows players to use their sub weapon and, along with , skip pages when selecting gear or using the menu.
- : Used in menus to select specific actions and options and, along with , to throw clams in Clam Blitz.
- : Cancels an action or exits a menu or prompt, and doubles as the jump button.
- : Used to bring up the map in multiplayer matches and the shooting range, and the menu in the Square and places like Grizzco, The Shoal, and the shops.
- : Resets the camera angle, allowing for quick corrections. This feature is most commonly used alongside motion controls.
- NFC touchpoint: Used for reading amiibo.
Splatoon themed Joy-Cons
Soon after the ARMS Direct, Nintendo announced new Splatoon 2 themed Joy-Con colors, Neon Green Joy-Con (L) and Neon Pink Joy-Con (R), along with other Splatoon 2 themed accessories including a Splatoon 2 themed Switch Pro Controller. They are sold separately in Japan, as a pair in Japan and Europe, or in a bundle with a Nintendo Switch, Splatoon 2 and a Splatoon 2 themed carrying case in Japan and America. They were released on the 28th July, a week after the release of Splatoon 2. Neon Green and Neon Pink Joy-Con straps were also offered exclusively in Japan.
On the 5th of January 2018, Joy-Cons with the swapped color scheme of Neon Pink Joy-Con (L) and Neon Pink Joy-Con (R) were announced, available by choosing them in the custom Nintendo Switch configurator in Japan or sold as a pair in America.
The controls as shown in the Tutorial.