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The best Nintendo Switch controllers you can buy

We have tested and selected for you the best Nintendo Switch compatible controllers to replace your Joy-Con, enjoy the TV and table modes of the console, or invite additional players, whether to play Zelda, Mario, Animal Crossing, etc. .

Editor’s Choice: 8bitDo SN30 Pro +

A neo-retro look, halfway between the Super Nintendo and the first PlayStation, but also all the functions of a modern controller, the SN30 Pro + plays the card of nostalgia as much as that of technology. Compatible with many platforms, so Windows PCs, Macs, Android smartphones and tablets, this 8bitDo model is positioned as an excellent controller on Switch, equipped with all the functions that the platform offers: vibrations, gyroscope, directional cross and analog sticks, triggers and slice buttons, the controller even offers a removable battery with an autonomy of more than 15 hours, even on games actively using all its functions.

Its use is all the more pleasant since it shares the connection of the Switch with its USB-C port, and that it is accompanied bya very complete utility, downloadable for free on Mac and PC, and allowing to adjust the action of each key, the curve of the triggers, or the dead zone of the analog sticks. A real success and certainly the best model of the 8bitDo range.

Read the full review of the 8bitDo SN30 Pro + controller

Most

  • All the functions to accompany the Nintendo Switch
  • Compatible with many platforms

The lessers

  • A bit big for younger children
  • The supplied cord is too short

Buy the SN30 Pro controller for € 43.48 at Amazon

The best Nintendo Switch controllers you can buy

The must-have: Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

Nintendo has been a manufacturer of controllers for decades, with an increasing quality of workmanship and handling. The Switch Pro Controller is therefore naturally an excellent choice to accompany your Nintendo Switch console.. In any case, it has all the functions allowing you to play all of the platform’s games, including two vibration motors, a gyroscope for aiming, two analog sticks positioned asymmetrically, a directional cross and eight action buttons. Obviously, all these functions are designed and positioned to offer high level ergonomics, making the controller an example of comfort.

The best Nintendo Switch controllers you can buy

In terms of autonomy, the Switch Pro Controller breaks records with more than 30 hours of play on a single charge, and around 4 hours of connection for a full charge. We also appreciate the ability to use the controller on different platforms in addition to Nintendo Switch, including Windows PCs as well as Mac OS, both wireless and wired. The USB to USB-C cable is also included, for use out of the box. The Switch Pro Controller is therefore a safe bet for Nintendo’s hybrid console, for use in table mode as with the Nintendo Switch connected to the television.

Read the full Nintendo Switch Pro Controller review

Most

  • Nintendo quality at every level
  • A very comfortable controller for long sessions

The lessers

  • A large model
  • No sound management through the controller

Buy the Switch Pro Controller for € 59.95 on Amazon

The best Nintendo Switch controllers you can buy

Kings of Versatility: Nintendo Joy-Con

Whether it is to replace the original ones, to change the colors of your console or to add additional players, Nintendo’s Joy-Con is obviously a possibility to consider to enjoy your Switch. Can be used directly on the console on which they snap, they can also be assembled separately on a support to form an external controller or be attached to their wrist strap to create two mini-controllers and thus add two players in table or TV mode. It’s very simple, this is the most versatile solution available for the Nintendo Switch.

The best Nintendo Switch controllers you can buy

Obviously, due to their small size, the Joy-Con are more suitable for small hands, and therefore to those of children, who will find on each side 4 action buttons, an analog stick and two slice buttons, whether the Joy-Con is taken horizontally or vertically. But whether around the console or assembled to create a single controller, these two small controllers will delight adults just as much with the quality of their ergonomics and the many functions they carry. Because let us not forget that it is indeed the Joy-Con which are at the very origin of the concept of the console allowing it to be at the same time a nomadic machine and of living room.

Read the full Nintendo Joy-Con review

Most

  • Versatility at its peak
  • Full of functions in a very small size

The lessers

  • It’s small enough for adults
  • Beware of the fragility of the sticks

Buy the pair of Joy-Con for € 69.99 on Amazon

The best Nintendo Switch controllers you can buy

The alternative to the left Joy-Con: the Hori D-Pad Controller

The best Nintendo Switch controllers you can buy

Whether for replace your left Joy-Con which flounders or to take advantage of a real directional cross, the D-Pad Controller is the alternative offered by Hori. A super endearing look, whether in Mario or Zelda version, a format identical to the Joy-Con so that the grip is excellent, we ultimately regret that the absence of internal battery and vibrations which really prevents this small controller from being used stand-alone, and therefore from offering as many services as the original model. For the rest, it’s all good.

Read Hori’s full D-Pad review

Most

  • A manufacturing quality equivalent to the Nintendo model
  • A real directional cross

The lessers

  • Must be attached to the console
  • It lacks vibrations and gyroscope

Buy the D-Pad Controller for € 25.99 on Amazon

The best Nintendo Switch controllers you can buy

The ultimate weapon from the past: Wired Hori Battle Pad

The best Nintendo Switch controllers you can buy

Smash Bros. players and other action games, here is the return of the fabulous GameCube pad, now compatible with Nintendo Switch and Windows PCs. What to find the sensations of the time for an ergonomics which, in the general opinion, remains inimitable and unmatched for Nintendo-style fighting games. This Hori controller also benefits from several official licenses to display different colors: Zelda, Mario, Luigi, Smash Bros of course, but also Pokémon. A great way to combine nostalgia with in-game performance.

Read the full review of Hori’s Wired Battle Pad

Most

  • Perfectly reproduced Nintendo GameCube feeling
  • Many signature colors and models

The lessers

  • We stay hanging on a thread
  • It lacks vibrations and gyroscope for more versatility

Buy Hori’s Wired Battle Pad for € 25.09 on Amazon

The best Nintendo Switch controllers you can buy

The GameCube in wireless version: Hori Battle Pad Wireless =

The best Nintendo Switch controllers you can buy

We dreamed of it, Hori did it. Here is now the GameCube controller for Switch and Windows PC in Bluetooth version, for maximum comfort from the bottom of the sofa. If the ergonomics remain identical to the wired model, and therefore very close to the original, Hori has also added a little touch with faster triggers, drier contact, but also turbo mode assignable to each button. Enough to shine in combat for more than 15 hours thanks to the battery included in the controller.

Most

  • Ultra-fast triggers.
  • A range of 10 meters and 15 hours of autonomy

The lessers

  • It lacks vibrations and gyroscope for more versatility

Buy Hori’s Wireless Battle Pad for € 49.99 on Amazon

The best Nintendo Switch controllers you can buy

The ultimate travel model: SN30 Pro

The best Nintendo Switch controllers you can buy

More compact than the “+” version, this SN30 does not lack advantages. With its grip close to the Super Nintendo controller, but with a thicker shell, the 8bitDo controller offers a wide range of functions, between gyroscope and vibrations, for use on Switch, Windows PC or Mac, Android smartphones and tablets. Above all, this SN30 pro does not ignore any button by offering 2 analog sticks, a directional cross, 4 action buttons, 2 slice buttons and two triggers. Everything you need to play the entire catalog of Nintendo’s hybrid console.

Read the full review of the SN30 Pro from 8bitDo

Most

  • All the functions to accompany the Nintendo Switch
  • Compatible with many platforms

The lessers

  • The retro grip that can put off

Buy the 8bitDo SN30 Pro for € 38.99 on Amazon

The best Nintendo Switch controllers you can buy

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