The controller for a console is very important. They’ve gotten a bunch of variations over the console generations, but the intent is still the same, to deliver a simple yet innovative way to play video games. Whether it was the simple layout of the NES and SNES, to the Stingray of the N64, the Boomerang controller of the original PS3, to the slightly bulky ones for the Xbox, there have been a lot of controllers. For the newest console, the Nintendo Switch, there are the Joy-Cons, and they have more uses than arguably any controller before it.
The Joy-Con act not only as the main controller for the Switch when it is in Tablet Mode, but they can detach from the system and you use them in a more pro controller style, or wield them freehand to do more motion controller style (like with the recent release of ARMS). Or you can use one Joy-Con, hand the other to a friend, and you’ve got local co-op/multiplayer going on.
But sometimes it can be confusing to remember what buttons to press depending on the orientation you have the Joy-Con in, so this picture (as shown on Reddit) was made to help those people out.
As you see, it orients the layout to mimic the color/control scheme of the Super Famicom, and thus you’ll know how to hold it up or what not. Now yes, it may not be hard for hardcore gamers to figure out, but much like the Switch’s predecessor in the Wii, the system is meant to play with others, so you may need to help them know what to do as well.
With the Switch selling out everywhere it goes, it’s very likely that a lot of new players are coming to the world of video games. So let’s make sure they have an easy transition by letting them know exactly how the buttons work, ok?