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Can’t Find Your Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Controllers? Nintendo has the Solution for you

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xcIn a recent system update to the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo may have included one of the most important updates of all — an option named “Find Controllers” on the Nintendo Switch that will cause Joy-Con controllers to vibrate.

Is your Joy-Con controller stuck in between couch cushions, or maybe in another room? Fear not, Nintendo has the solution for you (so you don’t have to spend $79.99 to buy a new pair)!

Here is the full list of updates, available from the Nintendo Switch System Support website:

“Improvements Included in Version 3.0.0

Added the following system functionality

  • Register a channel to receive News for specific games
    • To register, head to News > Find Channels
  • Add friends from your Nintendo 3DS and Wii U Friend Lists
    • To add friends, head to your My Page on the top left of the Home Menu > Friend Suggestions
  • Receive notifications when your Friends go online
    • To turn this ON/OFF, head to System Settings > Notifications > Friend Notifications
  • Find paired controllers within communication range by activating the vibration feature
    • To search, head to Controllers > Find Controllers
  • Change the user icon order on the Home Menu
    • To change order, head to System Settings > Users > Change Order
  • Select from 6 new Splatoon 2 characters for user icon
    • To edit your user icon, head to your My Page on the top left of the Home Menu > Profile
  • Change the system volume from the Quick Settings
    • To access Quick Settings, hold down the HOME Button
  • Lower the maximum volume for headphone or speakers connected to the audio jack
    • To lower the max headphone volume, head to System Settings > System > Lower Max Headphone Volume
      * This settings will be ON when Parental Controls are enabled
  • Change display colors to Invert Colors or Grayscale
    • To use this feature, head to System Settings > System > Change Display Colors
  • Use the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller via wired communication by connecting the USB charging cable
    • To enable, head to System Settings > Controllers and Sensors > Pro Controller Wired Communication
      * The NFC touchpoint on the Pro Controller will be disabled while the controller is using wired communication.
  • Update connected controllers
    • To update, head to System Settings > Controllers and Sensors > Update Controllers
  • Added a feature that suggests deletion of software data if there is insufficient space when downloading other software
    • To use this feature, head to System Settings > Data Management > Quick Archive
      * User save data is not deleted

General system stability improvements to enhance the user’s experience, including:

  • Resolved an issue that caused game software updates to fail and prevented the software from starting
  • Improvements to prevent unintended HDMI input change with certain TVs while the console is docked in Sleep Mode”

New icons, specified News channels, adding friends from your Nintendo 3DS or Wii U and receiving a notification when a friend goes online and other small system tweaks are just some of the new features offered for the Nintendo Switch.

The Nintendo Switch updates come after Nintendo’s busy E3, with showing off new trailers for Super Mario Odyssey and Fire Emblem Warriors, revealing that both Kirby and Yoshi will have their own games on the Nintendo Switch, announcing Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will be out this holiday season, that Rocket League will make its way to the Nintendo Switch, and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be getting a new DLC expansion pack. Also, Metroid Prime 4 was announced to be in development for the Nintendo Switch, so all of these new updates come at a great timing.

Now, I will wait for the day when there will be a Nintendo 3DS update that can track the Touch Pen if it goes missing… well, at least the Touch Pens don’t cost as much as the Joy-Con controllers.

Featured image via Wikimedia Commons.

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