We’ve entered the part of quarantine where the packages I ordered at the beginning of April are finally showing up, and it’s been a really fun experience honestly.  A few days back I finally got my Hori Split Pad Pro in the mail, and while I think it’s perfectly fine and functional, golly does it look stupid as hell.

Back in April, my Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers started to fall victim to the infamous “drift” problem, specifically on the left stick.  Maybe it was happening earlier than that, but I hadn’t really been playing much of my Switch before Animal Crossing: New Horizons released.

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At first I’d notice my little villager would start taking very slow walks towards the bottom of the screen, something that was annoying but not game breaking.  Then I found myself running from a tarantula, when my villager decided to stop running and just stand still and accept his fate.

This was unacceptable.

So I ordered the Hori Split Pad Pro because it was on sale, and I finally got it.  It’s doing the trick despite missing features like HD Rumble and the ability to work wirelessly, but it’s infinitely better than the budget “pro” controller I bought off Amazon months ago.  The face buttons feel good, while the analog sticks have a weirdly grainy texture to them which is strange.  Other than that, it’s got back paddles that I’ll never use, but I’m satisfied with my purchase overall.

It’s going to be a while before I can actually pick up real, official Nintendo Joy-Con remotes, but I’m okay with waiting because I’m not playing anything that requires the Joy-Con specific functionalities.  And while I appreciate the size of the Hori Split Pad Pro and how it feels better in my bearlike paws, it just looks so fucking stupid on the Switch.

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