Nintendo Pro Controller

 

While there is nothing wrong with the Joy-Con, you might want a more "normal" controller for a more traditional gaming experience. If that´s the case, the Pro Controller is for you.

 

The Pro Controller is a gamepad that looks and feels like its peers from the PlayStation or Xbox. Its tradeoff with the Joycon is that some games just don’t work with it, like 1-2 Switch, Super Mario Party or Just Dance. Click on the names or pictures of each controller to be taken to the offsite store page of each controller:

Third-Party Controllers
 

There are a variety of unofficial Pro Controllers made by third party companies. These can differ from the original in having a peculiar design, additional functionalities (like an audio jack for headphones) or by being compatible with the PC and/or other consoles. 

 

However, as these gamepads are not made by Nintendo, they may lack certain functionalities that the Pro Controller has, like motion controls or the amiibo reader. Take a look at each of their characteristics to see if it has something that might interest you. Click their names to go to their store page.

Model
Characteristics
Company
Slime Controller
A Switch Controller shaped like a Slime from Dragon Quest.
Hori
Drum Controller
A drum master controlller (like the DK bongos) for Taiko No Tatsujin game.
HORI
Wireless Switch Pro Controller Gamepad
Wireless with motion controls and rumble.
RegeMoudal
Custom Pro Controller
Comes in a variety of themes (Zelda,Pokemon,Crash,etc). Includes two additional programmable buttons
PowerA
Wireless Controller
Wireless with motion controls and rumble.
Ralthy
SF 30
Nes Themed. Has motion controls.
8Bitdo
Retro Pro Controller
Nes themed
Powerlead
Switch Controller
Black and blue or green. Has motion controls.
BEBONCOOL
Switch Controller
Black
Hycarus
Switch Controller
Yellow
BEBONCOOL
Wireless Clear Controller
Has motion controls and rechargeable batteries.
momen
Switch Controller
Transparent black and white colors. Hast motion controls
momen
Switch Controller
Has Motion controls
RegeMoudal
Switch Controller
Has Motion controls
CHASDI
Switch Controller
Yellow or Blue. Stick instead of D-pad
CHENGDAO
Wired Third-Party Controllers
 

The classic Pro Controller is wireless, but if you rather don´t worry about its battery life, there are wired alternatives. These ones connect directly to the Switch via the USB cable, trading freedom of movement for unlimited battery and less latency when playing.

Model
Characteristics
Company
Wired Controller Plus
Wired. Mario themed.
PowerA
Afterglow Deluxe
Wired. Audio Jack for headphones and USB chat. Transparent controller.
PDP
Wired Controller
Wired. Breath of the wild themed.
PowerA
Faceoff Deluxe
Wired. Audio Jack for headphones and USB chat.
PDP
Tribute 64 (clear)
Wired retro controller. Transparent faceplate.
Retro-Bit
Rock Candy Mini Controller
Wired and transparent Pro Controller
PDP
Tribute 64
Wired retro controller
Retro-Bit
HORIPAD
Wired
HORI
Faceoff
Wired. Mario´s Power Star themed.
PDP
Gamecube Controllers
 

You might want to go even more classic feel and play with the Gamecube controllers. Unfortunately, the Switch is not compatible with the Gamecube controller. Fortunately, there are a few compatible controllers that are made to look and feel like the purple gamepad. Keep in mind that if you buy the official Nintendo Gamecube Pro Controller, you will need this adapter in order to make it work.

Model
Characteristics
Consoles
Company
Gamecube Battle Pad
Wired
Switch,PC
Hori
Wireless Gamecube Controller
Wireless
Switch,PC
PowerA
Wired Gamecube Controller
Wired
Switch,PC
PowerA
Gamecube Controller
Wired and Wireless.
Switch,PC
Exlene
GameCube Smash Controller
Needs and adapter to work
Switch,PC
Nintendo
Gamecube Controller
Wired. Comes in a variaty of themes (Peach, Mario, Pokemon,etc)
Switch,PC
PDP