5 Best Nintendo Switch Controllers

Nintendo is undertaking a big drive for the existing range of transfer apps to broaden and improve, and with it, customers are expected to be in a state of uncertainty. Nintendo dumped another bomb on customers almost instantly after only releasing the lighter, more compact Nintendo Switch Lite: there are already several models of the system that we literally recognize as the Nintendo Switch. One Switch has better battery life. One is the “original” launch console. And then the smaller one is coming later this year.

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To anyone who simply doesn’t have the time to constantly follow console updates, this can feel like a flurry of confusing and conflicting information. To complicate matters further, there are also rumblings around the internet about a potential hardware refresh that’s being referred to as “Nintendo Switch Pro.” While Nintendo has yet to confirm anything thus far in that department, it’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility. And considering how Nintendo loves to spring new information on consumers out of the blue, it’s worth being aware of what a souped-up version of the console could entail.

The original Nintendo Switch is an all-around great buy for anyone interested in playing either at home via Docked Mode on their TV or monitor on the go. The dock can be connected to your display via HDMI so that all you need to do to take whatever you’re enjoying in Handheld Mode to your TV is drop it in the dock. It will automatically make the change so you can get your HD gaming fix in while hanging out on the couch. Every system comes with its own HDMI cable so you don’t have to buy one or have a spare handy.

1.Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

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Nintendo has kept things simple here with the traditional Xbox-style asymmetric design for the analog stick positioning. Four face buttons and four shoulder buttons are in the traditional places, with no GameCube-style shenanigans spicing things up.

The Joy-Con’s home, share, plus and minus buttons are all present too although you’d be forgiven for not quite noticing the share and home buttons as the buttons aren’t raised at all. A row of LEDs on the bottom indicates which player number the controller is currently assigned to.

On the top side of the Switch Pro controller is a USB-C charging port (a cable is provided in the box) with a light LED that glows orange when charging and goes out until completely charged. You can even charge the controller with your convenient USB-C phone charging cable if you decide to access the device when the machine is not driven and you can use it as soon as you practice. If you’re one of those players who see a weighty controller as a consistency symbol than you’re likely to be really pleased with the heft on the Switch Pro Controller.

The handles of the Switch Pro Controller are every every too subtly textured, giving some additional strength to the controller, so you won’t have to think about it squirming in your palms during those Blue Shell-fearing final laps in Mario Kart 8. During some of the more abrupt motion control elements in games we really enjoyed the extra hand, as we didn’t have to think about the controller sailing around the house. That is not what we can equate with ‘Good’ customizable controls on other consoles like the Xbox Elite Series 2 controller or the Nacom Revolution Infinite on PS4, considering the Good in the description of this official Nintendo Switch device. It is better than the expensive ones.

2.8Bitdo Sn30 Pro+ Bluetooth Gamepad (Sn Edition) – Nintendo Switch

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8Bitdo creates really smart gamepads for wireless games. The Wireless sticks like the NES30 Arcade Stick and DIY Mod Kits will operate with Windows, Macs, Ios devices and even the Nintendo Switch, due to different input modes. Considering the nostalgic style of the business, this is a big bonus for those wanting to play classic games. But with 8- and 16-bit control formats, you can only go so fast. Dual analog sticks and four shoulder buttons are a must, if you choose to play modern sports. And this is what the SN30 is. This $44.99 Wireless gamepad is based on the Super Nintendo’s, but includes the extra control elements required to play more complicated games.

The SN30 Pro looks like a Super Nintendo controller that grew analog sticks. Its dog bone shape is easily recognizable regardless of its color scheme (light gray with lavender buttons for the SN30 Pro, light gray with magenta buttons for the SN30 Pro G Edition, and light gray with dark gray highlights and four-color buttons for the Super Famicom-inspired SF30 Pro). Because it’s modeled after the SNES gamepad, it’s smaller and much lighter than more modern controllers like the Xbox One wireless gamepad and Switch Pro Controller. I have large hands and find it comfortable to hold and use, but it’s definitely not quite as chunky and grippable as the bigger console controllers.

The standard SNES controller features are here: direction pad on the left, A/B/X/Y face buttons on the right, small rubber Select and Start buttons in the middle, and L/R trigger buttons on the top. The SN30 Pro and its variants incorporate standard gamepad accouters, such as dual analog sticks between the path pad, Select / Start and A / B / X / Y keys, and dual ZL / ZR controls next to the L and R keys. Eventually, for use while the SN30 Pro is attached to a Nintendo console, tiny circular home and Star / Share buttons are mounted under the direction pad and face buttons.

Four LEDs at the bottom of the SN30 Pro display attachment status, blinking various light numbers based on the configuration in which it is attached to a Laptop, Desktop, tablet or Nintendo switch. A USB-C port at the top bottom, between the shoulder keys, enables you to power the device with the USB-C cable and wall adapter included. There is a sync button on the left side of the USB-C connector and a charging Lead lies on the center.

3.HORI Nintendo Switch Split Pad Pro (Daemon X Machina Edition) Ergonomic Controller for Handheld Mode – Officially Licensed By Nintendo – Nintendo Switch

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In addition to feeling great and having the perfect design to fit my adult-sized hands, I absolutely love the Split Pad Pro’s color scheme. It’s actually supposed to be Daemon X Machina-themed, but it’s such a subtle nod to the game that you don’t have to be a fan to enjoy the look of this accessory. The biggest tie-in is the X button, which features a logo from the action game. Even so, it looks like this could just be a stylized font and not a logo at all.

To someone who wants to play hard or competitive sports, this is also an perfect product. Both the buttons and joysticks have been neatly pushed in and extended to make them easy to use. The big D-pad on the left hand is one of my favorite aspects about this device. When playing those games it allows me more power and always feels nice to the fingertips. For those who like mapping unique controls alongside Turbo buttons on either side of the Split Pad Pro, there are extra buttons on the back side. The back buttons are really subtle and don’t interfere with your grasp while the location of the Turbo buttons makes it so the other controls won’t get in the way.

Many other Switch controllers out there work wirelessly or wired while costing less than $50. However, the innovative design of the Split Pad Pro makes it unique and a little more worth the cost. As I’ve said before, it really helps relieve hand and finger strain, which also makes it a good purchase. I’d just feel a lot better about the price if this accessory had batteries like Joy-Cons do. If that were the case, the Split Pad Pro would be more versatile and could be used in more scenarios.

The Split Pad Pro was checked after. I can confidently claim that I never knowingly use Joy-Cons while playing in handheld mode for these devices if I can support. They feel fantastic in my pockets, and keep my fingers from being sore during long sessions of gaming. I just love the way they’re made, and their look too. The only aspect that might have changed them is if could grip had batteries and if it provided motion sensors, NFC connectivity and rumble. Although they aren’t as flexible as I would have liked, though, they’re always worth it because it eliminates pressure and allows me plenty of extra controls while playing intense games.

4.HORI D-Pad Controller (L) (Mario) Officially Licensed – Nintendo Switch

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After releasing the Nintendo Switch, I found myself continually desirous of Nintendo delivering on the pledge the patent entailed. I may use face buttons or a small analog stick to substitute a directional pad, but I tend to play Turn platformers or combat games on my Pro Controller or 8bitdo board. Unfortunately for me, all of these choices disrupt the Switch’s magic; I use it primarily as a handheld, docking the machine mostly for analysis and recording purposes.

In Japan, the Hori D-Pad Joy-Con comes in flat red or blue, while in the United States, we have several garish options with Nintendo branding. There’s a grey version with The Legend of Zelda markings, a red version with Mario phrases, and an upcoming Pokemon version with Pikachu and lightning bolts. I’d rather have flat colors, preferably matching with the official Joy-Cons, but I ultimately decided to go with the low-key Zelda version.

The most obvious thing is the weight, taking the Hori D-Pad Joy-Con out of the packaging for the first time. It is much smaller than a regular Joy-Con. Nintendo’s Joy-Cons can be pricey and Hori cut a ton of the hardware inside to meet the $24.99 price level. The Hori Joy-Con loses Wifi, HD Rumble, the accelerometer and gyroscope around the inner side, and the SL / SR keys. There’s no internal battery to it. The Hori D-Pad Joy-Con simply only works while it is connected to the Switch itself. Take that off and as long as the device is concerned that actually vanishes.

5.8Bitdo M30 Bluetooth Gamepad for Nintendo Switch, PC, macOS and Android with Sega Genesis & Mega Drive Style

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The M30 parallels the original Genesis 6-Button Controller, but the handles are less pointed. Within the controller both the D-pad and the keys are located within triangular hollows in which the fingertips rest comfortably. I appreciate the understated look as well as a thin line of branding on the unit. It doesn’t feel as much like a ridiculous antique as, say, an N64 controller — mostly because it’s streamlined and polished, but also because it’s more shapeless than other controls, more pebble-like.

The M30 seems a little lighter than the initial 6-button Genesis controller but I love the weight of the M30 either way. Although other third-party controls sound soft, the M30 feels solid and “complete.” As the controller turns, the buttons rattle but, luckily, it does not impair their punchiness. The M30’s battery is optimized for playing for 18 hours, and can attach to just about everything. It operates for Ios, Linux, macOS and Nintendo Switch. (I tried it specifically on the Nintendo Switch.) By design the switch’s controls do not suit.

But there is a remapping trick, which is inconveniently listed nowhere in the instructions. By holding the Minus button and down on the d-pad, you can instantly remap the buttons so that they match up with the Switch’s. There’s a similar trick for the D-pad. By default, the radial D-pad functions as a thumbstick, not a D-pad.

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