One of the very few complaints you'll see from new Nintendo Switch owners is the lack of a quality, connected d-pad on the left Joy-Con. Today, we're happy to report that BASSTOP has finally listed a replacement left Joy-Con shell that includes a proper freaking d-pad. You can order this guy on Amazon right now (link here), and it will be available on October 25. Check it out:
Oh yeah, not only are you getting a great d-pad, but it comes housed in that sexy atomic purple translucent shell. There are atomic purple shells the rest of your Switch as well, so don't hold back. You can pick up an entire set for both Joy-Con controllers, as well as your Switch console from a number of retailers.
The most common place to pick these suckers up is AliExpress, and they're all available for really reasonable prices. You can find the whole set right here. Don't worry, you can order individual pieces, so go ahead and grab your left Joy-Con with the d-pad, then head over to AliExpress to pick up the right Joy-Con and Switch body shell.
The Finished Product
When it's all said and done, you could have a Nintendo Switch that looks something like this (except, you know, with a d-pad):
Oh yeah. That's the good stuff.
Do keep in mind that this is a fairly demanding DIY project. The Nintendo Switch console shell is a breeze to swap out. The Joy-Con are more labor intensive. There are a lot of small parts and ribbons inside of the controller that you will need to carefully, delicately, lift and transplant, and the tri-wing screws are small and fickle. You have to adjust them just right in order for your buttons to press down properly, and several users have advised ordering a few backup screws just in case.
There's also a possibility that you'll need to sand down a tiny bit of plastic in some parts of the shell in order for everything to fit back together completely flush, so be aware of that. This will also make it a bit harder for anyone using that Joy-Con on its own when playing multiplayer games, since they won't have proper buttons to push. If you ask us, the trade-off is worth it.
Have you made any mods to your Switch, yet?