Nintendo fans the world over shared a collective sigh when Nintendo released the patch notes for its latest Switch software update, version 10.0. In what has fast become a running joke between fans of the hybrid console, players took to social media to bemoan the lack of folders and themes on the Nintendo home screen after three years on the market. Whilst there is something to be said for the lack of features that were available on other consoles some 15 years ago, the new update has introduced some much-needed accessibility options, as well as some new Animal Crossing profile icons! Offering the option to remap the controller buttons has meant that previously inaccessible games have now become a possibility for some players. Good on you, Nintendo!

Here at ACPocketNews, we have spotted an opportunity. It may not be its intended purpose, but with New Horizons consuming all of our game time at present, remapping the control scheme to suit our preferences for playing Animal Crossing is definitely an opportunity worth exploring. Want ZR to be used to fish? How about X to open your Nook Phone? The chances are, even if you hadn’t thought about it before, the option to mix it up may now highlight some of the grievances you may have with the current scheme.

Below is a step-by-step guide to remapping the controls. How have you chosen to map them? Do you have any advice for players who needed this option to access the game? Get in touch with us at @ACPocketNews.

Step 1: Controllers and Sensors

By navigating to the Settings from the home screen of the Nintendo Switch, you can access ‘Controllers and Sensors’. Here you will see the newly included option, ‘Change Button Mapping’. As it states under the heading, this allows you to change the button mapping for each controller. You can save frequently used mappings as presets which can be loaded later.

Step 2: Change

At the time of writing, you are only able to change the button mapping of Joy-Con controllers and the Official Nintendo Pro Controller. You select the controller you wish to remap and click ‘Change’.

Step 3: Select a button

This screen will give you the chance to select a button and remap it to another. For example, if I want ZR to replicate what would happen if I was to press A, I can do so.

Step 4: Swap a button

It’s a simple case of selecting the corresponding button that you want to remap the current button to.

Step 5: Save or load a preset

Once you are happy with your new configuration, you can save it to one of 5 preset slots so that it can be changed on the fly. It affects all aspects of the Switch, including the navigation of menus etc. so be sure to consider this when making any changes. If you ever want to revert back to your normal settings, you can select ‘Reset’.


The full patch notes are available here on the Nintendo America site. The notes pertaining to the remapping of the control scheme are listed below.

Added an option to remap the controller buttons.

  • Analog stick and button configurations can now be changed for each paired controller.
  • Custom configurations can be saved as favorites in System Settings > Controllers and Sensors.
    • Custom configurations are stored on the Nintendo Switch system.
    • Configurations can be customized for the following controllers: Joy-Con (L), Joy-Con (R), Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. Button configurations can also be customized on the Nintendo Switch Lite system.
    • This feature is not available for other controllers.
    • On each system, up to five favorite custom configurations can be saved for Joy-Con (L), five for Joy-Con (R), five for Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. Five configurations can also be saved as favorites for Nintendo Switch Lite.

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With the enigmatic and unassuming K.K. Slider as his hero, Shaun Hughes seeks to be the best teacher, writer, and gamer he can be. He owes so much to the Animal Crossing franchise and ACPocketNews is his way of giving something back.

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