Looking for something a little different?
Looking for something a little different?
Fed up of fitting in with everyone else? Feel like going against the grain to stand out from the crowd? Then these weird and wonderful Switch controllers are probably for you. Both of these designs were revealed over the course of last week and come from Japanese accessory maker, Hori. Just looking at the...
The Switch Joy-Con are marvellously tiny, right? Dinky, even. Small and perfectly formed. However, Japanese accessory maker Hori think we might occasionally want something a little bigger, so it is releasing a special set of HUGE Joy-Con to tie-in with mech shooter DAEMON X MACHINA. The controllers – which launch in September and...
Play the classic way
Last year, the prolific peripheral maker Hori released a left-hand Joy-Con featuring a full D-Pad arrangement. It was a response to Nintendo's first-party Joy-Con not including a control pad – with many purists crying out for more traditional control methods when playing specific old-school titles. If the original price of...
Hori's latest accessory
Gaming accessory maker Hori has revealed the Fighting Stick Mini for Nintendo Switch, a portable control option that looks ideal for your classic beat 'em up needs. Said to fit comfortably in your hands, this new release scraps the standard Joy-Con and Pro Controller button layout to provide you with that authentic arcade...
Just in time for Smash
The release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is just around the corner. With it, the perennial revival of the greatest controller of all time is upon us. As usual, Nintendo has brought back the GameCube controller to please the most hardcore of Smash fans, and alongside it, multiple third-party manufacturers are offering up their...
Pre-orders now live
Japanese peripheral maker Hori is releasing a special Pikachu inspired D-Pad Joy-Con. Like the Mario and Zelda themed ones that arrived earlier in the year, this left-hand Joy-Con is limited to handheld use - as noted on the game's packaging. The price point is achieved by removing a number of features including Bluetooth,...
Firmware update saves the day
In the month of July, Japanese peripheral maker Hori issued a statement on its website warning customers about a battery-draining issue linked to ts Joy-Con with a full D-Pad arrangement. Hori even reached out to us at the time with a statement about the problem: We are working to have this issue resolved by the time...
Watch on as Alex finds out
When Japanese peripheral maker Hori revealed its D-Pad Joy-Con controller, it appeared to be the perfect solution to all those 2D games available on the Switch eShop. Not long after the announcement, it became apparent the left-hand controller was only able to be used in handheld mode - with a number of features removed...
Cross your heart
Update: Hori has confirmed to Nintendo Life the issue pertaining to the d-pad joy-con using battery power while the Switch is in sleep mode has been resolved with the release of Switch firmware 6.0 in collaboration with Nintendo. Full details can be found here. Ever since the Switch launched, there's been a vocal minority which has...
Will be resolved by the time it hits the west
Update 2: Hori has confirmed to Nintendo Life this issue has been resolved with the release of Switch firmware 6.0 in collaboration with Nintendo. Full details can be found here. Update: Hori has reached out to Nintendo Life to confirm that this issue will be fixed prior to the D-Pad Joy-Con releasing...
Missing a beat
Last week, Bandai Namco finally confirmed Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun! would arrive on Switch in Europe and North America this November. This followed a series of hints over several months the game would be localised. One burning question that remained was whether or not the Hori Taiko Drum Controller would make its way...
Battery efficiency not included
The Japanese peripheral maker Hori was only in the headlines recently, warning customers about a Switch battery-draining issue currently linked to its left-hand Joy-Con featuring a full D-Pad arrangement. While we got the official word from the manufacturer this would be fixed prior to the controller's release in...
Available this October
Hori has unveiled three new additions to its Classic Controller for Nintendo Switch range, with Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Pokémon designs all becoming available in October. All three controllers connect to your Switch via USB cable and feature a lightweight design to aid your comfort when playing for long periods...
Play like a pro
It was a pleasant surprise when Nintendo originally made the Hori Pokkén Tournament DX Pro Controller compatible with multiple other Switch games - enabling the use of it in the likes of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and even Sonic Mania. In general, it's been
Retro gamers rejoice!
Japanese peripheral maker Hori is creating a left-hand Joy-Con with an old-school D-pad, it has been revealed by Famitsu. The timing is fortunate, as PlatinumGames' Hideki Kamiya only tweeted last week (with his tongue firmly in-cheek, of course) that he might lose motivation for developing
Japanese peripheral maker Hori has just revealed a new tabletop stand for the Switch, but this one comes with some neat additions which set it apart from the hordes of simplistic portable stands currently on the market. The most notable feature is the fact that the stand allows you to charge your Switch while you're playing (as long...
Off the hook
We've already looked at Hori's basic solution for in-game voice chat on Switch, but here's a good chance that most Nintendo fans will have their eyes on the manufacturer's other option, the Empera Hook HDP headset designed to look like the very cans worn by characters in Splatoon 2. On a basic level, there's no difference between these...
Gotta fight 'em all
Pokkén Tournament DX is one of the more recent retail big-hitters on Switch, and with it Hori has released a new version of its Pokken Tournament Pro Pad, fittingly dubbed the Pokken Tournament DX Pro Pad. We’re fans of the original, and the same things we liked are still present. The same design that’s based on the arcade...
The SNES Classic has finally hit stores, and along with it Hori has released the Wireless Fighting Commander, a pad that seeks to remind players of a bygone era of turbo buttons, slow motion functions and other features designed to give players the edge they needed in the days when home consoles were practice for days spent in...
Six button beauty, now with wireless control!
Veteran video game accessory company Hori is getting in on the nostalgia game by producing a new version of its classic Super Famicom 'Fighting Commander' controller to coincide with the arrival of the Super Famicom Mini. The wireless pad is based on the '90s original and features slow-motion and...
Pokkén Tournament DX hits the Switch soon and peripheral maker Hori is producing a special controller for it - and you'd be forgiven for thinking it looks somewhat familiar. That's right, the shiny new Pokkén Tournament DX Controller is in fact the exact same pad that the company released alongside the Wii U version of...
When we first reported on the Hori Switch Horipad a while back there were a few puzzled faces in the Nintendo Life office. The big selling point of the wired controller was the fact that the D-pad could be removed to reveal a cluster of four buttons underneath; at the time, we genuinely pondered why you'd ever need to do this, and -...
Wired for sound, for better or worse
You've all seen (and no doubt poked fun at) the official diagram for Hori's Switch voice chat headset, and you may well have tried out the rather irksome, smartphone-based voice chat system Nintendo has created for its leading console. For the full experience you really need one of Hori's headsets, which come...
Keeping you wired for fun
With Splatoon 2 getting ever closer we're expecting more information about the game in the coming days and weeks; alongside that, many are assuming the first version of the smart device voice chat / lobbies app will come out alongside the game. A 'limited' version of the app is still due in 'Summer', which is any time over...
Gotta love that pop out D-pad
We recently did a quick article on the upcoming HORI Real Arcade Pro V Fight Stick for Switch which of course looks perfect for playing Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers with. It's now been given a release date of 31st July in Japan priced at ¥16,178 ($145) in case you wanted to try...
Perfect for Street Fighter
Now that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is out in the wild, the next big release we have to look forward to is Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers. Though it’s another enhanced port, this promises to be the definitive version of the game which essentially kicked off the fighting genre as we know it today. The game will...
Case, stand and more also included
Slowly and surely third-parties are emerging with a range of Nintendo Switch accessories. Hori is prominent among these, even to the point that it has officially licensed micro SD cards on the way in Japan; that said, the range long available to pre-order in North America has been slow to come to the UK, for...
Worry not, there's an accessory for that
So you're on a long flight and want to get some quality time in with your Nintendo Switch in tabletop mode. The rather large gentleman in the seat next to you has fallen asleep, so you don't feel too self conscious; it's time to make some serious progress on the amazing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the...
Charging stand! Controller! Compact playstand! Arcade stick!
With the full reveal of the Switch just days away it's perhaps unsurprising that we're seeing a number of peripheral and accessory manufacturers reveal their forthcoming wares, with Japanese firm Hori being the latest to join the list - albeit unwittingly, as all of the following info has...
This is my bag, baby
Choosing which amiibo you're going to buy when they hit store shelves is just one part of the problem — you've then got to figure out where you're going to store them when you're out and about. Thankfully, Hori has this all sorted out. Available from December 6th, this handy carry bag from Play-Asia costs $17 / £11 and will...
Rocking a turbo button like it's 1989
Hori has produced some of the more attractive licensed Nintendo peripherals, and it's now confirmed two Super Mario Bros.-themed GameCube-style controllers — they're only confirmed for Japan so far, each retailing for 2,980 yen. While looking almost identical to Smash players’ beloved GameCube controller,...
Not so long ago we had the happy news that Hori's rather attractive Mario Kart 8-themed GamePad skins and wheels to Europe. It seems that the accessory company — likely with distribution assistance from Nintendo — is also bringing its goodies to North America, too. The Mario and Luigi themed Wii wheels and GamePad skins have popped...
Better get this controller in a Hori
The original Nintendo 64 controller proved to be quite divisive as far as gamepads are concerned. With its peculiar three-pronged design – which was partly borne out of Nintendo’s fear that 3D gaming might not take off – camera buttons and novel Z-trigger, the controller was the perfect tool for fully...
Not the prettiest, but will do the job
Last week it was revealed that Hori is releasing a Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition fight stick in Japan, alongside the Wii U's launch on 8th December. We were hoping that this would be available in the West, and today Nintendo Gamer confirmed that one will indeed be making its way to the UK; but sadly...
Fight 'em up arcade style
For all you fighting fanatics out there, Hori is going to release a Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition fight stick this December, alongside the Wii U launch in Japan. To use the stick it'll need to be plugged into a Wii Remote, simply like you would use a Classic Controller; it'll set you back ¥7980 (approximately...
Up your 3DS camo index
With Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D out in six weeks, your thoughts might be turning to how you can camouflage your console to get in the espionage spirit, and Hori has it covered. The official Metal Gear Solid 3D accessory set is out in Europe on 24th February, a few weeks before the game, and includes a military-style...
Mario Kart 7 launches in Europe this Friday, hoping to emulate the storming sales success of Mario Kart Wii, with a peripheral to match. Hori's Mario Kart 7 steering wheel will be available across the country in December. Essentially it works along the same lines as the Wii Wheel: clip your 3DS console into place, activate the...
Always carry protection around with you
When it comes to video game carrying cases, few companies consistently roll out products as high in quality as Hori. Not only are their DS and PSP cases favourites among gamers looking for something sturdy and protective to carry their favourite portable game system around in, but their cases are also...
Want one of those fancy new colours that Japan has, but don't want to import?
In Japan, in addition to the current White and Black models, the DSi was recently released in three brand new colors: Pink, Lime Green, and Metallic Blue. If you want one of these new colors, you could always import, but this complicates things - language barrier, different Shop Channel, and the region lock on upcoming..
The Wii is looking more and more like a successor to Reebok's STEP fitness system
Despite confirmation from many sites (including us) that the Wii Balance Board is perfectly stable on even the most polished wooden floors, Nintendo has nevertheless endorsed the production of what can only be described as the most bizarre videogame accessory we’ve ever seen. And yes, we include the Power Glove in..
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