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You pick up something like this
I bought these shells off of Amazon from BASSTOP
BASSTOP Portable DIY Replacement Housing Shell Case for Right Left Switch Joy-Con Controller Without Electronics (Joycon-Atomic Purple) [link]
Thank you! I purchased the blue/red switch and then when the pink/green joy cons came out I bought those and then replaced the red one with the green one. I also took the two extra joy cons and bought these and got myself some cool clear purple ones for the nostalgia of the clear purple game boy I had when I was a kid. It also gives the joy con a d-pad so that's a big plus for platformers.
I understand what you mean but if you're interested and buy say the default gray you can get replacement shells off Amazon for a reasonable price. Just note the reviews are mixed, I think the biggest issue is having to sand/file a couple of the edges to make the cases fit properly.
Mod them. My joycons and switch back are atomic purple.
BASSTOP replacement shells on amazon for 30 bucks. Takes a long time to mod them but its extremely worth it. I also got the shell with the left joycon having a D-Pad which is incredible for BOTW and the like.
heres the link for the shells my dude!
It's layered PCB connected by multiple thin ribbon cables and held in place with triwing screws on the outside and 00 philips screws on the inside. The ribbon cables are by far the most frustrating part, but a lot of components are also resting in place and not actually held down by anything other than the shells and the components that lie on top of them. Be extremely careful with those ribbon cables. If one of them breaks, you're out one joy con.
I bought these BASSTOP shells. The fit was perfect and the quality was great too. It's the actual components inside that make the swap such a nightmare.
The actual switch shell looks extremely simple to change out though.
Theyre legit. Scalpers are buying systems and stripping them down to the bare parts and selling them.
But if youre going through the effort of replacing it yourself, there is a ton of colored options as well
Here is a Link for the DIY kit for atomic purple.
Edit: Be sure to read reviews if interested. mixed reviews.
BASSTOP on Amazon is now selling Atomic Purple Joy Con shells on their own !!!!
For Nostalgia’s Sake
their alittle bit cheaper on aliexpress but id recommend amazon for the amazing return policy: [link]
They are covers so you’d have to manually gut a controller and switch the covers with these![link]
$24 for a pair!
And they have different colors
$20 to $30 based on who is selling them.
eBay and AliExpress would be the place to get them cheaper.
They're pretty easy to find on Amazon or eBay, here's an example of one of the popular sets.
Depending on your skills, it can be pretty easy, there's plenty of tutorial videos on YouTube, I like this guy's video.
You would need to buy a special triwing screwdriver for opening the original housing as well.
I googled transparent joy con shells and got plenty of results.
Here is one.
Here is a cheaper option I would likely go with.
BASSTOP Portable DIY Replacement... [link]
Nintendo Triwing Screwdriver,... [link]
Make sure to keep track of the small screws
Take your time, take a break if you have to
Be careful with all the wires and connectors.
If you aren’t gentle, you might find yourself buying a new joycon
Why not just replace the shell with something like the Basstop shells?
I did the jungle green version, albeit not with the left dpad an I really like the results.
[link] /u/markbro89 linked it somewhere else in here (thanks) wide variety of other colors available, just takes time to put them together.
Here you go