Whether you bought a Switch when it launched or are new to the console, you NEED to know about the Best Nintendo Switch Controllers for the system.
Why? Because you can never have too many controllers, and that’s a fact!
The Nintendo Switch might be all about handheld play and portability, but it still has an arsenal of exciting controllers that you can use while kicking back on your sofa in front of your TV.
Ditch the Joycon grip and check out our list below. We’ve found some of the best looking and most exciting controllers for the console. All you need to do now is decide which one will be your next purchase (or just buy all 10!)
How Does This List Work?
We’ve found 10 of the Best Nintendo Switch Controllers for the console and listed them below. You’ll find a ‘buy here’ button under each controller picture that will take you through to the official buying page.
It’s as simple as taking berries from a Pokemon!
Are The Featured Controllers Second Hand?
All of the controllers in the list below are brand new. Many are officially licensed Nintendo products too! They come with returns policies and warranties. Check out the individual listings for more details!
1. PowerA Poke Ball Controller
If you can’t get enough of hurling Poke Balls at grass-dwelling critters, then this first controller will be right up your street.
PowerA have a whole host of themed controllers available, but this Poke Ball design really caught our eye. This officially licensed, enhanced controller is perfect for anyone who is delving into Sword & Shield for the first time. Just don’t throw it at your dog; it’s not a real Poke Ball.
This PowerA controller has all of the same features as the official Pro Controller as well as two extra buttons for ‘on-the-fly’ button mapping. Plus, you can play anywhere in your home thanks to the Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connection.
The only downside to this controller is that it uses AA batteries. That might seem a bit odd in today’s world of chargeable devices, but you could always get some rechargeable batteries to return balance to the universe. Two AA batteries give you over 30-hours of gameplay-not bad!
2. GameCube Controller
If you’re a die-hard Nintendoid, then you’ll definitely recognise this next entry on our Best Nintendo Switch Controllers list!
Another PowerA production, this wireless GameCube pad is the perfect piece of nostalgia for the Nintendo Switch. The GameCube controller was a classic, and this officially licensed pad has all of the original features including new buttons that allow you to control every element of your Switch.
This controller is perfect for knocking back enemies on Super Smash Bros, but it also works with all of your other favourite games too!
Like the Poke Ball pad, this controller uses two AA batteries. You get over 30-hours of play time, and it works in both dock and handheld modes.
3. HORIPAD Wired Controller
Sometimes, you just want to have a remote that you can plug in and play with. It’s great to have a wired controller for when you’re charging your Joycons or other controllers, especially when it looks as good as this!
The HORIPAD controller is pretty striking to look at. We love that Sega-style enlarged D-Pad adapter and the overall shape and feel of the remote. It’s a perfect piece of kit and certainly deserves a place in our Best Nintendo Switch Controllers list.
‘What’s a D-pad adapter’, I hear you ask? You can remove the D-pad facing entirely and have access to the same-style directional buttons as the left Joycon. There’s even a place to store it on the back of the remote when it’s not in use.
As well as a 10-foot cable and fast-action triggers, this gamepad has Turbo functions to save your fingers in button-mashing scenarios. We love it, and hopefully you will too!
4. 8BitDo Gamepad
Everyone should own this controller. Not only does it look like a SNES controller mated with the Millennium Falcon, but it adds some serious retro-gaming feels to your Nintendo Switch.
So how does this controller work? You can charge it up via a fast-charging USB-C cable, and it has player indicator LEDs just like the Joycons. It doesn’t need a dongle, and works with any game.
This SNES controller is great if you’re planning on diving into the Nintendo Switch Online catalogue. Nothing says ‘retro gaming’ like those iconic SNES colourful buttons, and the overall shape of this remote is superb.
5. Ralthy Wireless Turbo Controller
The next remote on our Best Nintendo Switch Controllers list takes inspiration from the original blue and red Joycons + handgrip dock.
This controller from Ralthy comes with all of the essential Switch selection buttons including Turbo functions. The shape reminds me more of an Xbox controller, so it might be a better fit for gamers who are new to the world of Nintendo.
Two hours of charge via the included USB-C cable give you 7-10 hours game play. It has a built-in dual-motor with three different levels of vibration too! No you can experience every explosion and crash to your own specifcation.
Ralthy are confident that you’ll love this remote. So confident, in fact, tht it comes with a 45-day returns policy and a 3-year-warranty.
6. Dual Shock Textured Handle Remote
If you suffer from ‘sweaty hand syndrome’, then this next controller could be your greatest friend.
It comes with artificial leather handles for extra grip, meaning it won’t slip out of your hands when you’re going for a jump boost on Mario Kart!
This wireless, dual-shock remote is also charged up via USB-C and comes with a 500mAh lithium-polymer battery that can last up to 10 hours when fully charged.
The stable Bluetooth V2.1 connection can be used up to 10m away from your Switch (providing there are no barriers), and the fast-action triggers are both responsive and precise. The added Turbo features provide 5, 12, and 20 shot modes, and you can choose from three different vibration settings.
7. HORI Switch Pad
Of course, the Best Nintendo Switch Controllers don’t all have to be for TV play!
If you like the feel of a pro controller but tend to play handheld most of the time, then this HORI Switch Pad could be the remote for you. These bulky Joycons slide right onto the Switch screen itself, giving you a bigger surface area to grip onto and a couple more buttons to boot.
If you’re a handheld gamer, then you can revel in the inclusion of bigger buttons, easier to smash triggers, easy-grip analog sticks, and a super-sleek D-Pad. Life doesn’t get better than this!
As well as programmable rear buttons and Turbo functions, the HORI Switch Pad comes with Daemon X Machina branding. That might not mean anything to some of you, but it’s a nice touch for any fans out there.
8. Smash Bros Fight Pad
If you prefer a wired controller but still want that GameCube feel, then these fight pads from PDP will put a smile on your face and blisters on your fingers.
We’ve opted for showcasing a Luigi themed remote because he doesn’t get enough exposure. There are, however, lots of different designs based on your favourite Smash Bros fighters. Choose from Link, Yoshi, Mario, Pichu, and more!
This controller works perfectly with Smash Bros Ultimate and is an officially licensed Nintendo product. You don’t have to charge it up, and the 10-foot wire means that you won’t have to squat down right in front of your TV.
If you don’t want to use the C-Stick, you can replace it with a full-sized analogue stick for use with other Nintendo Switch games too. PDP have thought of everything!
9. 8BitDo SN30 Pro+
This could well be the sleekest looking remote on our Best Nintendo Switch Controllers list. It’s matt black, has a bit of a Playstation meets SNES vibe about it, and it oozes cool.
This controller works with Nintendo Switch versions 3.0.0 and above. It can also be used with Android, PC, and Raspberry Pi devices too. If you’re looking for a one-size-fits-all gaming controller, then this is it!
8BitDo have included rumble, motion controls, and Turbo in this slick little number. The triggers are nice, the controller isn’t too heavy, and the select and start buttons are nicely spaced.
If you’re about to begin an epic quest such as BOTW or Mario Odyssey, then you owe it to yourself to use a comfortable remote like the SN30 Pro+. Check it out!
10. Rock Candy ‘Blu-Merang’
Last but not least, we have the Blu-Merang from Rock Candy. It’s blue, it looks like a boomerang, and it’s see through. Just don’t try throwing it with the hope that it will come back – it won’t.
This controller is one of the cheapest on our list, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t as good as the rest. I like this remote as it’s small but still fits nicely in the hand. It has an 8-foot micro-usb cable, and the clear polycarbonate shell lets you see all of the inner workings of the remote.
The Blu-Merang is an officially licensed Nintendo controller and comes with all of the necessary buttons to access all of your Switch’s functions. You can pick your favourite colour, and having one on standby for when your Joycons run out of battery means that gameplay will never have to end!
More Content From The Retro Dodo Team!
- Here are the 10 worst Fake Consoles available to buy!
- Nintendo Switch 2 leak reveals more about the new console.
- Here’s everything we know about the GameCube mini.