The 9 Best Pro Controllers For Nintendo Switch

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This wiki has been updated 15 times since it was first published in May of 2020. While the Joy-Con controllers included with the Nintendo Switch are an iconic part of the console's identity, many gamers find that it's hard to beat the comfort and usability offered by more traditional gamepads. In addition to the official Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, there are several third-party models available that offer considerable savings, or even a superior feature set in some cases. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. 8Bitdo SN30 Pro+

2. Nintendo Switch Pro

3. PDP Fight Pad Pro

Editor's Notes

June 29, 2020:

If you're looking for a robust option that will withstand long gaming sessions and years of play, selections like the Nintendo Switch Pro, PowerA Enhanced, and 8Bitdo SN30 Pro+ are definitely worth considering. These models tend to be on the more expensive side of the spectrum, but it's no mystery as to why. These controllers are made from high-quality materials that provide a good weight in the hands, and subtleties such as buttons that aren't mushy and thumbsticks that aren't too plasticky will be worth it for those who take their user experience very seriously. The Sn30 Pro+ is especially worthy of note since it's one of the few controllers that is arguably superior to the official Nintendo offering because of software which allows for immense amounts of customization, such as thumbstick range, trigger sensitivity, and macro programming.

Models like the PowerA Wireless and PDP Fight Pad Pro may mimic the design of old GameCube gamepads, but this doesn't mean they should be discounted as a primary controller choice. It is possible to use real GameCube controllers with the Switch via a specialized adapter, but these gamepads are arguably superior since they require no extra products to function, and have had the necessary inputs added to function as fully fledged Switch Pro Controllers. This means that they can work with almost every game in the library, instead of a few games designed to support the older controllers. This makes them a great selection for those who insist on the classic format when playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but they're comfortable and durable enough that it's not unreasonable to choose them as your full time controller if you like the retro look.

If you want to get an affordable controller for when friends come over to game, or just don't use your console enough to justify such an expensive accessory, then you might be better off with inexpensive selections like the 8Bitdo USB Gamepad, PowerA Wired Controller, and Astarry Gamepad. If used side by side with higher-end options its not hard to notice the lightweight and plasticky feeling of these controllers. Despite feeling less well built though, many will still find that they are perfectly adequate for their needs, especially if they don't mind omissions like wireless connectivity, rumble, or motions controls. If looking for something in this price range consider the differences between each of these models in regards to which corners are cut and which high-end features are preserved.

In addition to controllers, we've curated lists of the best games and cases for your Switch, as well as the best Nintendo consoles overall.

Special Honors

Mayflash MAGIC-NS If you're a gamer who already owns a few other consoles, the Mayflash Magic-NS adapter may be a great solution for controlling your Switch. Though it isn't a controller itself, it allows popular gamepads like the Xbox Elite Series 2 or the Playstation Dualshock 4 to be used seamlessly with the console. Controllers can be paired with it wirelessly over Bluetooth or plugged into it via USB cable, and it can also adapt controllers for use with several other systems.

4. PowerA Enhanced

5. PowerA Wireless

6. 8Bitdo USB Gamepad

7. PowerA Wired Controller

8. Hori Split Pad

9. Astarry Gamepad

Brendon Hannaford
Last updated by Brendon Hannaford

After graduating from UC Santa Cruz in 2019 with a bachelors in Literature and Creative Writing, Brendon Hannaford moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in comedy and television. Beyond writing, he’s always had a passionate interest in the clever engineering found in consumer electronics and machinery, with an eclectic interest that spans diverse categories such as photography equipment, musical instruments, and automotive technology. When not writing and researching for Ezvid Wiki, Brendon spends his time performing sketch comedy and tinkering with his motorcycle.

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