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Nintendo - Pro Wireless Controller for Nintendo Switch

Enhance game play with this Nintendo Switch pro controller. Its traditional design includes motion controls, two analog control sticks and the ability to read Amiibo figures, and a USB-C cable is provided for charging. This Nintendo Switch pro controller works with any mode, whether the console is docked or undocked.

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    • Nintendo Pro Wireless Controller for Nintendo Switch

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3591 out of 3633)

    Features


    Includes motion controls, HD rumble, built-in amiibo functionality, and more

    Take your gaming sessions up a notch with the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

    Battery-powered design for tangle-free operation with lightweight construction ensuring comfort during long-lasting gaming sessions

    Compatible with the Nintendo Switch gaming console


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 3633 reviews

    99%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Literally the best Controller I've used to date

      Posted
      Frank
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      I've used many controllers over the years including high end specialty controllers and I can't think of a single controller that gets as much right as the Switch Pro Controller. At first glance, its appearance doesn't make it look like it's of the highest quality thanks to a very basic shape and not much in the way of immediate standout extras. The moment I picked this up to play a game, however, it became immediately apparent just how high quality this controller actually is. The material used for the controller is a hard plastic that is neither rough like the base Xbox One controller nor is it glossy like the Wii U Pro Controller. No, it's a smooth mat finish with a different texture on the handles. It is extremely pleasant to hold, much like a Dual Shock 4 or a Xbox One Elite Controller. When it comes to the actual inputs, I was shocked to find how much I like the analogs on this controller. The analogs have a very similar shape to the Dual Shock 4 (DS4) analogs and they almost as much pressure as the DS4 analogs. However, unlike the DS4 they have tread around the edges like the Xbox One (XB1) controller but it's a lighter amount and the rubber material used is similar to the material used for the Wii U Pro Controller and Gamepad. This is all good imo. The analogs on the Switch Pro controller essentially have all the pro's of the gen 8 analogs without any of the cons. When it comes to the buttons, in specific, the face buttons, Nintendo has delivered as expected. The face buttons protrude just as much as the Wii U Pro controller but are slightly larger and aren't as loose. They feel great to press and use. The d-pad protrudes the right amount, clicks the right amount, has a great roll, and essentially functions the way I've come to expect from high quality Nintendo d-pads. The other 4 face buttons are much smaller and don't protrude as much but they're much easier to press and use then on the Joycons. When it comes to the shoulder buttons, unfortunately, the triggers are still digital buttons like the Wii U Pro controller and Gamepad. However, much like the Wii U Pro controller, they're extremely easy to press and comfortable use. They have a really nice feel to them. On the note of comfort, for me, after using the Wii U Pro controller for a significant amount of time and while I do like having the 1 up and 1 down layout design, I found that the Wii U Pro controller was a vastly more comfortable controller experience then any controller before it. While the Switch Pro controller doesn't fully match the Wii U Pro controller in the level of comfort, it comes really close. After several long game sessions, I have yet to run into any instances of discomfort or stress on my hands while playing. That said, because the base molding has such a basic design, the grips don't mold as well into my palms as the Xbox One controller, DS4 controller, or Wii U Pro controller. This isn't to say that the grips are inherently bad, but they could benefit from slightly more curves in their shape. Another issue that arises from the basic molding is the back of the controller is kind of flat. While this does help to an extent because there's no protruding plastic on the inner part of my middle finger causing discomfort, it also means there's no plastic to kind of catch the middle finger for better gripping. I should note, neither issue are major complaints that cause issues with gameplay or comfort, however, I do think the Switch Pro controller could have been even better if the shell was slightly closer to the Wii U Pro controllers. When it comes to extra features, the controller isn't as barebones as the Wii U pro controller. Because of this, instead of getting 80 hours of battery life, it gets 40. This is far from bad though. You have no obnoxious lights or useless battery draining features that you can't turn off like the DS4 and unlike the XB1 controller, it comes with a battery built in. To add to that, it uses USB type C to charge which, in my opinion, is infinitely better then Micro USB. Unfortunately, like the Wii U Pro controller, it's still missing a headset jack, which honestly, the Switch, like every other Nintendo system, doesn't have a robust online system with voice chat taking a center roll. This may change down the road, though I doubt it will, so I'm not expecting the lack of a headset jack to really mean much. Granted, I do every now and then plug in my headset to just hear the game audio late at night on my PS4 and XB1 to keep the volume low for everybody who's sleeping. That said, I can also play the system portably and plug in a headset there, which also works for me though I do understand if somebody who wants to play on the TV only finds this annoying. They've added a share button similar to the DS4, which is always cool. There's a NFC reader built right into the controller now, which is very good for what Nintendo's doing thought I have no idea if this will really ever be used outside of what does. Though, I should note, I've already used the NFC reader several times. It also includes the HD Rumble, which is pretty awesome. While the HD rumble is definitely best suited for the Joycons, it still works well in games that support it and use the Pro controller. Overall, while it's not the absolute perfect controller, it's one of the best controllers I've ever used. It's comfortable to hold, comfortable to use, has inputs that work exactly the way I want them to, has no annoyances I wish weren't there, and has one of the best battery situations I've ever seen in an input device. It feels very premium, even more premium then premium controllers I've purchased for other systems. Imo, if you own a Switch, this controller is a must buy. If you're looking for a controller for PC, you'd be hard pressed to find something better.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Solid Companion To The Original Ones!

      Posted
      dennyordinary
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      If you have Nintendo switch and only have the only controller that comes with it and wanting to get the second one so you can play with friends or family members ( Not that you cant share the only controller that comes with it) this one is relly worth to consider rather than the 3rd party brand. the build is very solid, the grip is nice and doesnt feel cheap at all. i know 69 bucks is still a pretty dang expensive for a nintendo controller but hey you get what you pay for though. holding the controller is almost feels like holding the xbox controller so iam pretty familiar with it and i love it. all the button are very responsive and theres no lag at all when you using it wirelesly. i have had it only for a week but so far it doesnt disappoint me at all even my 5 year old boy preffer this one rather than the original red and blue controller. we used to share the original controller when we play together, it works fine to behonest but if you have large hands like me sometimes it just hard to hit the right button when you play.LOL so my final thought is, build quality - 10, performance - 10, weight - 8 (it is still a little heavy for my 5 year old especially when we play more than 1 hour). if you have the money and play with friends or family often, or even you wanting to get the best experience playing your switch i think this controller is so worth it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Overall great controller but a deeply flawed D-pad

      Posted
      eynoj
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      Having been a big fan of the Wii U Pro controller and also worried about the ergonomics of the Switch's included Joy-Con controllers, buying the Switch Pro controller was a must for me. I was pleased to find that it was even more ergonomic and comfortable than the Wii U Pro controller, especially the shape and materials used for the portion that is cradled in the palms of your hand. The analog sticks and trigger buttons both feel great, although the lack of analog triggers is missed. Battery life is excellent, rated at 40 hours -- half that of the Wii U Pro controller, which did not have to devote battery life to new features such as force feedback (HD Rumble,) an NFC reader, and a gyroscope. I only need to recharge it once a week, if that, and that's definitely acceptable. I do have a few qualms with the Switch Pro controller, one of which is a serious design flaw that really hampers my enjoyment of the product. The negligible problem is with the face buttons -- they're just kind of "there;" ugly, boring buttons with sharp edges that stick out a millimeter or two more than they need to. It'd be nice if the edges were flush with the controller when pressed. The serious design flaw is with the D-pad (directional pad.) I frequently get erroneous inputs from it due to its design, despite being on my third refurbished controller from Nintendo. The D-pad is able to be easily rocked up and down via the left and right directions, meaning I get plenty of unintended "up" inputs while pushing left or right. This ranges from inconvenient (choosing runes in Zelda, aiming in Metal Slug, using magic in Shovel Knight) to game-breaking (unintended hard drops in Puyo Puyo Tetris.) It baffles me that Nintendo, the inventor and patent holder of the D-pad, managed to get it so wrong on this controller. It's frustrating to have to avoid using this expensive controller in any game that benefits from using the D-pad over the analog stick. I can't help but laugh that the D-pad was one of the major selling points for me, yet the face-buttons-imitating-D-pad Joy-Con implementation works so much better. If having a D-pad is your top reason for purchasing, be wary. Other than that, it's a pretty solid controller.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Good controller with some small complaints

      Posted
      ZMYaro
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      I will say I preferred the shape of the Wii U Pro Controller over the Switch Pro Controller—it just felt more molded to my hands. That said, the Wii U Pro Controller felt too light and cheap to me. The Switch Pro Controller, by contrast, has a great weight to it—enough mass to not have the problem the Wii U Pro Controller had, but not heavy by any measure. The full-size buttons, analog sticks, and triggers all feel great to me and make up for some of the top complaints about the Joy-Cons/Joy-Con Grip. Battery life has not been an issue for me—I have forgotten to plug the controller in many nights, and I have still not had it die while playing, which makes me feel better about the lack of removable/replaceable batteries. Finally, the grippy texture in the plastic on the handles just feels really nice. My top complaint, apart from the shape not feeling quite as nice as the Wii U Pro Controller, is the price. I recognize the controller contains an accelerometer, gyro, NFC reader/writer, etc. on top of the basics, but $70 per controller feels pretty steep when you can get an Xbox One or Wii U pro controller for $50 (and Wii Remotes were $40). My other complaint is the d-pad. It is decent, but I find it really easy to accidentally hit [up] when moving from [left] to [right] or vice versa, which has gotten really annoying in Puyo Puyo Tetris or Breath Of The Wild. I had no such issues with the Wii U GamePad or Pro Controller (or the Xbox One Controller). This might not be a deal-breaker for you, but it might be worth getting your hands on one before you buy if you are particular about d-pads.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Almost perfect gaming controller

      Posted
      ZeldaFanReview
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      This controller is highly recommendable for any Nintendo Switch owners who hardcore fans of traditional console game controllers. This controller mixes the best of comfort in grip and material of GameCube controller, with the buttons/sticks layout of Xbox One controller. Buttons are large and "clicky", analog sticks have good travel space and solid material which keeps them well placed on thumbs at all times. Triggers are comfortable as well. Also features motion controls with accelerometer and gyroscope, offering same motion capture precision of Joy Cons. Contains same HD Rumble tech as joy cons, so incredibly precise rumbles and feedback in mario kart 8 deluxe can be felt with it. Simple best precision and feedback of any video controller built so far. A step above in precision of dualshock 4, and even more accurate than xbox one's triggers feedback. It has the intensity and power of GameCube's rumble, but with finesse and precision of direction based jolts that make controller more in different directions and precise pulses like no other controller. Controller comes with standard USB to USB-C cord for charging it. Battery life is great. So far in one week usage, over 30 hours of gaming and still didn't have to recharge it. Cord is handy as it can be used for charging the Switch itself when in portable mode. Finally, it has amiibo sensor to use with compatible games. Only reason I knocked a star off from such excellent product, is fact that the triggers are digital instead of analog. Meaning possible GameCube virtual console or racing games requiring analog precision won't work ideally with this controller. Still, high quality of this product make it easily recommendable as an alternative to the joycons as controllers for Nintendo Switch.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Nice, comfortable, expensive!

      Posted
      tab1075
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      My son bought this, but I've used it too. It's a bit more comfortable than the joy-con controller handles that come with the Switch. It's a little wider than the included one, so feels more comfortable. The buttons and toggles are positioned well; although, I often hit the snapshot button when meaning to press the minus button. The biggest downfall, to me, is the price. I don't own any of the newer PlayStation or Xbox consoles, so I can't compare the price of their controllers to this one, but $70 is an awful lot to spend on a Nintendo controller. I know one thing, with the Switch, Nintendo is perfecting the art of its users needing to buy a plethora of accessories. Controllers, joy-con chargers, additional joy-cons for larger families, etc. etc. I'll give this controller one thing, though, it has excellent battery life. Nintendo says 40 hours. I can't be sure it's that much, but my son (and myself) used it for quite a long time before needing its first charge (after its initial out-of-box charge). If wireless isn't a must-have, you can save yourself $40 and get one of the wired controllers that are almost identical to this one, if not exactly the same. They have a 10 ft. cord, so it should be enough for most people.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      If you prefer a traditional controller here you go

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      DDuhe22
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      Now of the trinity of console gaming (Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony), Nintendo has always been the ones to be the most daring. This gave them the money printer known as the Wii while admittedly also giving them the nightmare that was the Wii U (that however wasn't actually a result of lack of innovation but more the result of really bad marketing, an almost non-exist third party presence and a bit to do with the comparative technical specifications of the console compared to the original PlayStation 4 and original Xbox One (it didn't even come close to the Xbox One, Actually, come to think about it, the Switch is needless to say actually more powerful than the Wii U and the console itself is really just a small tablet that has a dock to output to a TV). Needless to say Switch is not the Wii U and the Joy Con are prime examples of Nintendo's creative thinking and are actually the result of feedback from the Wii Remote. But the Joy Con may be a headache to some. The face buttons (A,B,X,Y) are literally the size of the 3DS one's and more importantly the D-pad is a split one instead of full not to mention even in the Grip the Joy-Con might be a bit small. If you find these to be problems, then the Pro Controller is for you. It's a more traditional control that fixes all these problems and it still has all the functionality of the Joy-Con. So yeah this will be your friend if you want a controller other than the Joy-Con in the Joy-Con Grip.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A must have controller for the Switch

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      AppleBoy
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      I would give this a 4.5 if I could. This controller may be one of my all top favorite controllers with one slight disappointment. First the pros. The ergonomic feel and layout of the buttons and grip handling of the Switch Pro Controller is far superior to the joy-cons. The face buttons are also larger than the buttons on the joycon which gives more comfort for longer gaming sessions. The triggers feel and respond just right. The controller build quality is very solid with a little weighty feeling that doesn't cause hand fatigue. I the handles themselves also have a nice textured grip that just feels great to handle. The only major negative that I have is that there is no 3.5mm headphone jack on the controller, but this speaks to the overall complexity of the voice chat experience with the system that is still being worked out. I hope that with the Switch Online service to come in September of 2018 that voice chat will be made simpler and maybe a revision will come to allow wired headset connection to the controller. Until then though- if you want to game on the Switch with comfort and satisfaction- get this controller. I've had no d-pad issues whatsoever.

      I would recommend this to a friend




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