If you own the Nintendo Switch, you may be wondering if you need the Switch Pro Controller. At $69.99, this controller is not easy to buy, especially after purchasing the Switch system for $299.99, at least one game on top of that, and any extra needed accessories (micro SD card, screen protector, etc.). But my partner and I decided to buy this controller: we really needed a directional pad for platformers like classic Mario and Shovel Knight, and we wanted bigger buttons and a better grip.
And let me tell you—this controller really delivers! As you can see from the above side-by-side comparison, the Pro’s A, B, X, and Y buttons are almost twice as big as those found on the Joy Con, which makes for more comfortable play in any game that regularly requires these buttons—that is, all games! And in my view, the directional pad is far superior to the directional circular buttons on the Joy Con, although some players may in fact prefer the Joy Con buttons to the d-pad.
Plus, the L/ZL/R/ZR buttons are considerably larger on the Pro controller than they are on the Joy Con, which make for more comfortable play in games that require regular use of those buttons, like Mario Kart and Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The Pro Controller also allows for a more comfortable, natural grip, since it places your hands a bit farther apart than the Joy Con Grip does.
Other pros for the Pro Controller include:
- USBC charging cord included in the box.
- Long battery life (40 hours!).
- Easily charged through any device with a USB drive.
- Can play with the Pro Controller while charging it!
- Can play wirelessly with any Bluetooth-compatible device. (We’ve been using the Pro Controller to play games on our MacBook, and it works flawlessly.)
- Can play two-player games with ease: one player uses the Pro, and the other uses the Joy Con Grip.
As for the cons . . . I really can’t think of any! I will say that I’m still adjusting to the location of the Home and screenshot buttons, and I do miss the plus and minus keys on the Joy Con Grip. But these are miniscule “issues,” and they really don’t bother me enough to be cons.
And so, while the price tag of $69.99 can be hard to swallow, I say the price is totally worth it if you want/need a d-pad, like bigger buttons, and want a better grip—and I highly recommend this product to anyone who wants a top-of-the-line controller to use with games on Bluetooth-compatible devices. For these reasons, I’m giving the Switch Pro Controller a 10/10.
Nick and Sarah are the ultimate gaming couple. Nick is a Super Mario Maker 2 enthusiast, but working with Nintendeal has fostered a love for tough-as-nails indies such as Enter the Gungeon, Celeste, and Cuphead. Sarah prefers sim games like Animal Crossing, Don’t Starve, and Stardew Valley, but she challenges herself by grinding Slay the Spire from time to time.