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During the summer, HORI announced a new Pac-Man version of its Switch Split Pad Pro controller. It was only said to be planned for Japan at the time, but it’s now confirmed to be seeing a release in the west as well.

Here’s the official product description plus a few photos:


HORI has revealed a pair of new Switch Split Pad Pro designs, and both are based on Pokemon. One features Pikachu and Eevee while the other is for Pikachu alone.

Here’s an overview of the controllers, along with photos:

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New Mario controllers are on the way from PowerA and HORI.

First up is the “Golden M” enhanced wired controller. It comes with “a 3.5mm audio jack, mappable advanced gaming buttons, and standard ergonomic layout.”

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Update: Pre-orders are now live on Amazon here.

HORI has revealed a trio of new color variations for its Split Pad Pro controller. Switch owners will soon be able to get their hands on versions that come in Transparent Black, Midnight Blue, and Volcanic Red.

Here’s some additional information and photos:


HORI will release the recently-announced Mario Kart racing wheel for Switch in the west, Amazon listings reveal. It is tentatively slated for November 12 in North America and January 2 in the UK.

Here’s an official product description:

Earlier today, we heard that HORI would be releasing a special accessory for Daemon X Machina in Japan. We now have confirmation that the device, known as the Switch Split Pad Pro (Daemon X Machina Edition), will be coming to North America.

Here’s an overview from a new Amazon listing:

HORI has revealed new gamepad-style Switch Joy-Con for Daemon X Machina. In Japan, the product launches in September. Pricing is set at 4,780 yen.

The controller is designed exclusively for portable play, and features a button on the back. It is not compatible with various features like gyro controls or HD Rumble.

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HORI will soon be releasing a pair of new, officially-licensed playstands for Switch. One is styled after Splatoon 2, while the other carries a Splatoon 2 theme.

The stands allow users to play at an angle without having to hold the system as it’s charging. You can also fold it up for easy portability.

Play-Asia is taking pre-orders for both stands here. They’re tentatively scheduled for the end of March.


HORI has thus far created Mario and Zelda designs for its Switch d-pad controller. In November, a new version will be added to the mix.

A listing on Amazon shows that the d-pad controller is getting a Pikachu design. The device is the same as the Mario and Zelda versions, meaning you’ll be getting a controller that’s sort of like the left Joy-Con, but one that works in handheld mode only.

The Pikachu Switch d-pad controller launches November 16. Pre-orders are open here.


HORI has released its d-pad controller for Switch outside of Japan. But one of the things we’ve heard is that when using the product, battery drain was an issue.

Apparently, this has been addressed. HORI says that after applying the new firmware update for Switch – version 6.0.0 – users will not encounter any problems with battery draining. It should be safe to use the new d-pad controller going forward.