announced today that it will permanently cut the price of a single Joy-Con controller in the US from $49.99 to $39.99.Announced in a tweet, Nintendo says that, starting November 9, the price of a single Joy-Con controller will be reduced by $10. The price of a Joy-Con pair package will remain the same at $79.99. At time of writing, the price cut has only been announced in the US and Japan.
Starting on 11/9, single #NintendoSwitch Joy-Con controllers will be available for purchase for $39.99. Choose from the left Joy-Con controller in Neon Blue, and the right Joy-Con controller in Neon Red. pic.twitter.com/wXW8BEssS7
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) October 23, 2020
As you can see in the tweet above, Nintendo only specifically mentions the Neon Blue left Joy-Con controller and the Neon Red right Joy-Con controller. It’s unclear if Nintendo is just specifically advertising those two Joy-Con colors or if the company is saying that only those two colors are receiving the price cut. Our bet is on the latter considering the phrasing of Nintendo’s tweet. IGN has reached out to Nintendo for further comment and will update this story accordingly when we hear back.
After this new price cut is in place, the price of a single controller will align more equitably with the price of the dual pack. Before, it was $79.99 for the dual pack and $49.99 for a single controller, which gave the dual pack a roughly $20 discount over buying two individual Joy-Con. Following the price cut, buying the dual pack is practically the same price as buying two individual Joy-Con.If you’re looking for some extra savings on Nintendo controllers, Joy-Con and Pro controllers are currently $10 off on sale right now. If you’re someone who’s purchased multiple Joy-Con, there’s a good chance you’ve run into the unfortuante phenomenon of Joy-Con drift.
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