Nintendo put a mic on the Switch NES controllers, but not the Joy-Con

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Towards the end of 2018, Nintendo released a new version of the NES/Famicom controllers for the Switch that were made for the Nintendo Entertainment System—Nintendo Switch Online service.

One feature about the Famicom (Japanese) variant of the controller is that there’s a microphone hole over on its top left corner. This mic hole isn’t just there for a show, Nintendo’s engineers but an actually functioning microphone on the inside, which is compatible with a few of the Switch Online retro games.

While it’s cool that Nintendo made sure to pay attention to all the details, it’s a bit disheartening a mic made it into this controller and not even the Switch’s main controllers: the Joy-Con and Pro Controller. Nintendo has never explained why it opted not to do this, but a rumor surfaced recently that suggests a mic was actually planned to be implemented into the Pro Controller, but these plans fell through during development. Had Nintendo gone through with these plans, the much-criticized Switch Online app which Nintendo uses for voice chat in some games may very well have never existed.


A.K Rahming
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.