Best Nintendo Switch controller of 2022

The Nintendo Switch is one of the best consoles of recent years. Still, a Nintendo Switch controller is an upgrade that we highly recommend. Whether you’re on the train, in your hotel room or just want to play games at home on the couch, the Switch is always good. The recent update in which the battery has been improved and lasts longer is the icing on the cake.

Still, playing with the standard Joy-Cons is not optimal. There are better alternatives for on the road, but a good controller is recommended, especially at home on the couch. You can simply get more out of your Nintendo with a good controller. Moreover, you last much longer if the controller is ergonomically well put together.

Our pick – Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

There are countless controllers in different colors on the market, but the Pro Controller from Nintendo itself is the best choice in our opinion. The price is steep, but you get a lot in return. For example, the cheapest controllers in our test are all wired, while Nintendo’s Pro Controller is wireless. A wired controller works fine, but I mainly see it as an extra controller that you occasionally use when friends come to play. For daily use, a wireless connection is much nicer. You don’t want to be tied to a wire in the heat of battle.

In addition, the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller fits best in the hand of all controllers tested. Yours truly has quite large hands, which makes playing with the standard Joy-Cons not very comfortable. The Pro Controller is a solution that provides hours of relaxed gaming.

Of all controllers, the Nintendo controller also has the finest buttons. It all feels just a little better than the competition. Especially the triggers that you operate with the index fingers have a nice click.

Pros
  • wireless
  • Ergonomically the best
  • Buttons feel the best
  • Support for NFC, Amiibo, HD rumble, and motion controls
Negatives
  • Pricey
  • D-pad sometimes not accurate

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Wireless – Red – Switch

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Who is a Nintendo Switch controller for?

The Nintendo Switch is a nice console out of the box, but do you want more than just casual gaming for 30 minutes? Or do you have big hands? Then a controller is quickly a good upgrade.

The Nintendo Switch comes standard with two detachable Joy-Con controllers. These Joy-Cons click on the side of the Switch and will charge as long as they are clicked in place. The downside of the Joy-Cons is that once you take them off, they don’t charge anymore. The built-in battery isn’t particularly large, so chances are you’ll run out of power if you want to play a little longer.

In addition, the size of the Joy-Cons is not very suitable for adults or people with large hands. With the Switch, Nintendo does provide a Joy-Con grip to which you can click both Joy-Cons, but charging is not possible with it. If you do want a grip that you can charge with, you will have to purchase the Charging Grip from Nintendo. However, it is quite expensive for what you get and in many cases a real controller is the better choice.

Best Nintendo Switch controller

The console also comes with a dock that you can connect to your television via HDMI. For party games such as Mariokart it is not such a problem to play with one of the two Joy-Cons. In those kinds of situations, gaming together is more important than delivering the ultimate performance. At the moment, however, it’s completely different :). Are you going to roam with Zelda in Hyrule? Then it’s really a no-brainer to connect a controller to your Switch and plop down on the couch.

Better Joy-Cons are also available for mobile use. Think of the Split Pad Pro or the D-Pad Joy-Con, both from Hori.

Nintendo Switch Lite controller

Do you have a Nintendo Switch Lite? Then the Joy-Cons are not removable. That’s fine for traveling, but not so great at home. Fortunately, you can also connect other controllers to the Switch Lite. The advice on this page also applies to the Switch Lite.

There are a number of special controllers available for the Switch Lite from 8BitDo that match the colors of the console. These aren’t ergonomically perfect, but they look good and aren’t particularly pricey.

What did we pay attention to?

Connection – Wireless or not?

At the same price, a wireless controller that works with Bluetooth is always preferable to us. You can charge a wireless controller while gaming if needed. The extra freedom during gaming is very nice and let’s face it, a thread is very much 1999.

Price

Lower is better. However, we do not immediately penalize a more expensive controller if you also get value for money.

Accuracy

A Nintendo Switch controller should do what you want and preferably as precisely as possible. What good is a controller that constantly misses you? Right, nothing at all. That’s why we paid close attention to the degree of control that a controller offers. The name says it all!

Functions

Nintendo’s standard Joy-Cons may not be the best thing since sliced ​​bread, but they are packed with features. HD rumble for example, which many other controllers lack. NFC support for amiibos is also something like that. Or a battery. All functions that are not necessary, but that make life a lot easier. And we like that.

Ergonomics

A controller for the Nintendo Switch can be as cheap or packed with features, if it’s hell to hold the thing at all then it disappears in the closet just as quickly as it came. That is not the intention. A controller should fit comfortably in your hand and be suitable for longer sessions. Trust me, save on this and you’re going to regret it sooner or later. Less important if you’re looking for one or two extra controllers for Mario Party.

Build quality

Gaming is top sport, I can be brief about that. We all know that frustration sometimes arises. That’s why we prefer not to spend money on a controller that spontaneously folds itself in two after the first setback. So anger-burst-proof.

Nintendo NES controllers and Nintendo SNES controller

NINTENDO NES CONTROLLERS

Do you have a Nintendo Switch Online subscription? Then you can order these Nintendo NES controllers. They are only for sale through Nintendo, but then you have the real deal.

Is the NES controller for the Nintendo Switch a little too retro for you? Then Nintendo has also made the SNES controller suitable for the Switch.

2 NES controllers €59.99 via Nintendo – SNES controller €29.99 via Nintendo

8BitDo USB Wireless Adapter

Don’t want to spend too much and do you still have old controllers lying around? Then this is a nice and cheap option. This adapter supports Xbox One S/X Bluetooth controller, PS4, PS3, Wii Mot and Wii U Pro. All these controllers work wirelessly with your Switch.

It’s a strange experience when you look for the A button and your Playstation controller only has a square, circle, etc. but in the end you get used to it pretty quickly.

Pros
  • Economical
  • Works with almost all controllers
Negatives
  • You can’t wake the Switch from sleep mode via your controller
  • Vibration function sometimes seems to cause problems, but we have not experienced this

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Hori Split Pad Pro

Hori is one of the largest aftermarket manufacturers of Nintendo Switch controllers. Unlike the products from Nintendo, the prices of Hori products are a lot friendlier for your wallet. Hori has many different controllers for the Nintendo Switch, but the Split Pad Pro is a fun and unique option.

Where most Switch Controllers are one whole, the Split Pad Pro is completely different. You click it on the side of your Switch, just like the Joy Con controllers from Nintendo itself. The difference lies in the ergonomic shape of the Hori Split Pad Pro. This allows you to play a lot more comfortably than with the Joy Con controller pair that Nintendo supplies.

Pros
  • Comfortable
  • Programmable buttons and triggers
Negatives
  • Not suitable for separate use
  • No HD Rumble, gyro/motion sensors, NFC or IR camera

Hori Split Pad Pro Nintendo Switch Controller – Daemon X Machina

€45.00

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Hori Split Pad Pro Nintendo Switch Controller – Pac-Man

€47.00

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Hori Split Pad Pro Nintendo Switch Controller – Red

€48.59

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Hori Split Pad Pro Nintendo Switch Controller – Transparent Black

€49.86

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Hori Split Pad Pro Pikachu Nintendo Switch Controller – Black/Gold

€49.99

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Hori Split Pad Pro Nintendo Switch Controller – Dark Blue

€51.50

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Hori Split Pad Pro Nintendo Switch Controller – Monster Hunter Rise Edition

€60.00

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8BitDo Zero 2 Mini Controller for Nintendo Switch Lite

This is a fun and affordable controller for the Nintendo Switch Lite. Perfect for occasional gaming together or when you want to use the Switch in a standing position on a table. Are you going for the ultimate gaming experience or do you simply play for a long time? Then a full-size controller is the better choice. The Nintendo Switch Pro controller is also the better option for gamers who are blessed with large hands.

Pros
  • Economical
  • Sympathetic appearance that matches the Switch Lite
Negatives
  • Ergonomically mediocre

8Bitdo Zero 2 Mini Bluetooth Gamepad (Pink)

€32.00

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8Bitdo Zero 2 Mini Bluetooth Gamepad (Yellow)

€32.00

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8Bitdo Zero 2 Mini Bluetooth Gamepad (Turquoise)

€32.00

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8Bitdo Zero 2 Mini Wireless Bluetooth Game Controller Switch Windows Android

€30.50

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8Bitdo Mini Wireless Bluetooth Controller for Nintendo Switch – Zero 2 – Yellow

€24.95

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8Bitdo SN30 Pro+ – retro SNES controller with a twist

Do you want a cool Switch gamepad but one that doesn’t look like you’re wrestling with the USS Enterprise? Then 8BitDo has a cool retro controller for the Nintendo Switch that most Nintendo fans will recognize!

Ergonomically, the design of the 8BitDo SN30 Pro+ is very similar to the Nintendo SNES controller, with the big difference that you have two large handles that fall into your palm. This makes the 8BitDo SN30 Pro a lot better in the hand than the flat controllers that we know from the past. Moreover, it is now possible to play Zelda or other Switch games wirelessly. This gamepad is therefore made for the Nintendo Switch, not for the SNES from 1991.

Pros
  • wireless
  • Clickable joysticks
  • Rumble vibration
  • motion control
  • Home and screen recording buttons
  • Also compatible with Windows, Steam (Windows), Raspberry Pi, macOS and Android
Negatives
  • Not cheap

8Bitdo SN30 Pro+ Bluetooth Gamepad (SN Edition)

€55.00

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8Bitdo SN30 Pro+ Gamepad G Edition

€52.25

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8Bitdo SN30 Pro Plus Wireless Bluetooth Game Controller + JoyCon caps + card holder

€74.10

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8BitDo SNES 30 – Bluetooth controller in GB Pocket colors

Simple, wireless, different colors and with a friendly price. This is a Nintendo Switch controller that we can get excited about. The colors are inspired by the Gameboy Pocket and pop nicely. In terms of buttons and functions, this is a fairly simple product. Fortunately, you do play wirelessly!

Ergonomically, this isn’t the best Nintendo Switch controller you can find (of course), but 8BitDo hasn’t tried that either. This is simply a budget controller for your Nintendo Switch that looks nice and does what you expect. What you see is what you get!

Pros
  • wireless
  • Also compatible with Windows, Mac, Android and Steam
Negatives
  • No programmable buttons
  • Charging via micro USB, not USB-C

8BitDo SNES 30 Pro Bluetooth Controller GB Classic Edition

€52.95

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8BitDo SNES 30 Pro Bluetooth Controller

€50.00

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8BitDo SNES 30 Bluetooth Controller GB Pocket Green Edition

€39.00

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8BitDo SNES 30 Bluetooth Controller GB Pocket Blue Edition

€32.99

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Hori Gamecube controller for Switch

Even more retro goodness comes in the form of this Hori Gamecube controller, again specially developed for the Nintendo Switch. There are a lot of different retro Nintendo Switch controllers but as far as I’m concerned this is one of the less exciting gamepads in the shops.

Hori Nintendo Switch Controller – Smash Bros Gamepad – Zelda

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Nintendo Switch Controller – Hori – Smash Bros Gamepad Mario

€24.99

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Hori Nintendo Switch Controller – Smash Bros Gamepad – Pikachu

€24.90

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Nintendo Switch Controller – Hori – Smash Bros Gamepad Peach

€24.99

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Nintendo Switch Controller – Hori – Smash Bros Gamepad Luigi

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Nintendo Charging Grip

Do you have few requirements but do you want to play wirelessly with the standard Switch Joy Con controllers? You can of course use the Nintendo Switch Joy Con grip that comes standard with the Nintendo Switch. The big disadvantage of this is that the Joy Con controllers are not charged while you are gaming. If you have just been playing on the Nintendo Switch, the battery is empty.

Fortunately, there is a handy accessory, from Nintendo itself. With the Nintendo Charging Grip, you can make Super Mario jump from platform to platform for hours on end. An empty battery is now a thing of the past! That’s due to a sturdy 1800 mAh battery that takes your gaming to the next level.

Pros
  • Play through while charging multiple sets of Joy Con controllers via the Nintendo Switch
Negatives
  • No charger in the package, just a short 1 meter USB cable
  • No blue red, neon green or any other color. Black only

Nintendo Joy-Con Charging Grip – Switch

€29.39

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Nintendo Switch controller deals

There are some nice offers to be found if you are looking for a Nintendo Switch controller or new accessories. Just like with games, the product range of gamepads is also very extensive and there are nice deals to be found.

There are not often offers for the Nintendo Switch Pro controller, but a Hori or 8Bitdo gamepad can regularly be bought cheaply. Sometimes a Nintendo Switch controller that has been out of the box and is offered as a return deal is more interesting than a new controller.

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