Smaller Joy-Con controllers are good for simple multiplayer games ( ), But the larger Nintendo Switch Pro controller is better for more demanding games. With a real grip, the Switch Pro controller is more comfortable and its full D-pad and large buttons help you get perfect control when you’re in heat at the moment. All of Nintendo’s controllers feature features such as HD rumble, amiibo scanning for NFC, and motion control, and it works wired or wireless. It’s great, but it’s also regularly between $ 60 and $ 70.
There are many third-party switch Pro-like controllers that are available for a small price. We tested several options to find the best switch controller you can buy now. Nintendo’s official game controllers still lead the way in comfort and button feel, but some of these options come close.
Going with a third-party Switch Pro controller also has some advantages at a lower price. For example, some have a turbo button for faster firing rate or a mappable button to make some commands easier to trigger. Also, some of the ones we choose can also be used with Windows, MacOS and Android. We update this list as we try new products. For even more options, see GameSpot’s recommendations.
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As I said above, if you can afford to get the official Switch Pro controller, do it. It is the best in terms of comfort, performance and features. And if you need to buy more than one controller, it might be one of the less expensive options below for you to visit yourself and friends and family.
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The PowerA wireless controller comes closest to the spirit and design of Nintendo’s Pro Controller, and you can usually get it for $ 40 to $ 50 depending on the design from Amazon, Best Buy and other sources. The PowerA wireless controller does not have HD rumble, IR or Amiibo NFC support like the Switch Pro controller, but does have motion controls. It is also available in game-themed versions, including new ones from Pokémon Sword and Shield with Grokey, Soble, and Scorbany (pictured).
An additional feature of this is two additional buttons at the bottom of the controller that can be mapped on the fly. It runs on AA-size batteries, which some people don’t like. I get that, but I don’t worry about running out of power while playing and I use rechargeable AA so that I don’t burn through disposables. Also, since the battery is not built, you will not have to trash the controller after stopping the battery from charging.
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Many of the third-party controllers omit certain features of the Nintendo Switch Pro controller, such as NFC Amio functionality, vibration, or motion control. Beboncool, which typically sells for around $ 30, they all have And A customizable turbo button – and it’s almost half the price. I’m not a fan of individual buttons for the D-pad and the buttons are a bit expressive in general, but the performance and overall quality are fine for the money.
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If you like to customize, then this Bluetooth controller is for you. Using 8BitDo’s Ultimate software, you can remap the buttons, adjust the stick and control the sensitivity and make the combination of vibration buttons easier. The left-hand control is flipped so that the layout is more like a PlayStation controller, but everything feels nice and responsive. It is comfortable, however, as the black-on-black design makes the button label almost impossible to see, but other colors are available.
The 8BitDo SN30 Pro Plus Bluetooth gamepad controller, which normally sells for $ 50, works with the Nintendo Switch console, Android, Windows and MacOS. Another cool feature: Its rechargeable battery pack can be easily swapped for a new one so you can keep the game running if there is a short run or no charge involved.
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It is like a regular power augmented controller except for a small one. The $ 50 Nano has the look, feel, and features of the larger models, including motion control, rumble (HD rumble, though) and a mappable button. It runs on a built-in rechargeable battery instead of replaceable AA cells, however. A six-foot USB-C cable is included for charging; You will get up to 20 hours on one charge.
The Nano is designed for travel (it’s also a nice little bag for storage), but it’s also good for children or anyone with small hands. Also, while the shell is more compact, the buttons are full-sized, which is generally very good. However, in a couple of games where I was furiously pressing the button, I’d regularly miss the Y button and hit the home button – not great if you’re in the middle of a fight. The least mappable button on the back of the controller made the workaround possible.
Another minor point: I noticed that the Bluetooth range at the mine is a few feet from the range of the full-size version. This is easily resolved by sitting slightly near the switch and making acceptable compromises for the on-the-go Pro-style controller.
Want something a little more retro, but not as retro as a joystick or arcade stick? The $45 full-featured ergonomic design of the SN30 Bluetooth Gamepad controller makes it a more travel-friendly Nintendo Switch Pro controller alternative. And there are no mushy buttons here: Everything feels firm and responsive. It can be programmed for use with Android, Windows and MacOS, too.
This controller is great button-mashing fun for fighting games. It’s wireless, powered by two AA-size batteries, but can also be used wired with the cable that stores in the base. The domed buttons have a solid clicky tactile feel and register even if your fingers land out at their edges. The joystick moves smoothly without being floppy, but it clicks in every direction like the buttons. Also, to compensate for having just one stick, there’s a switch at the top left that lets you change the joystick function to act like the right thumbstick or an 8-way d-pad.
The top and sides of the controller are plastic, but the base is metal and the whole thing is heavy at more than 5 pounds — it doesn’t budge while you’re gaming. You can even customize its look: The clear plastic top is removable and you can download a template to print out a new design for the top (another color option comes with the Fusion, too). While its original $130 price tag was a big ask, the current price of $65 is a deal.
It’s wired, but the $20 Horipad is one of the more comfortable controllers we tested, and its buttons and sticks feel nice, too. But, while it does have a Turbo button, it lacks vibration and motion control. Its D-pad isn’t a true pad, but a plastic piece that snaps on over four discrete buttons. It works fine, but the fact that it’s a wired controller might be a deal-breaker for some. Currently, the black version of the controller is tough to find at its normal price but you can find it in blue and red.
The Insten falls under “You get what you pay for” for me but, for what it’s worth, it’s the favorite of my 8- and 10-year-olds. It’s just a basic wireless controller with aggressive dual-shock vibration. It’s comfortable but feels cheap and flimsy. To be fair, though, the controller did survive a high-velocity altercation with my TV and I can’t say the same for the TV. The best part about the Insten is the price, especially if you want multiple controllers: You can pick up a two-pack for less than $50.