The shopping team 2:45 p.m., April 30, 2022

The Nintendo Switch game console comes with a pair of Joy-Con, controllers of a new kind.

However, they are not always to everyone's taste.

Good news, you can buy other Switch accessories to play comfortably.

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Nintendo has always had a strong taste for original game controllers: the oldest probably remember the Wiimote and the Nunchuck of the Wii, which were not already appreciated by all players.

With the Nintendo Switch, the Japanese manufacturer has done it again by offering its Joy-Con Switch, modular controllers, covered with sensors to multiply the gaming experiences. It is possible to play with only one Joy-Con, to combine two, to use them as a traditional joystick or in an approach closer to that of the Wiimote.

But for some players, nothing beats the good old controller to enjoy a classic and reassuring grip.

If you're on the hunt for a new Nintendo Switch controller, let our buying guide help you find the right one for you.

Summary

  • PowerA Lilac Fantasy controller, the elegant

  • Horipad Switch controller, ergonomic

  • Switch PowerA controller, wireless version

  • Nintendo Switch Pro controller, the official

  • Pair of Nintendo Joy-Con controllers, the colored option

Nintendo Switch compatible controllers: the best models

PowerA Lilac Fantasy controller, the elegant

The PowerA brand offers a very large number of controllers for Nintendo Switch, all of which are available under license.

This ensures automatic recognition of the controller by the game console.

The Lilac Fantasy displays a very soft design, with pleasant and original colors.

It works wired, thanks to a 3 meter USB cable to be plugged directly into the console.

You don't have to worry about its autonomy and, as a bonus, the controller is light since it does not carry batteries.

Its cable detaches for easy storage.

It is a choice of trust.

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Horipad Switch controller, ergonomic

The Horipad brand controller for Nintendo Switch has an interesting proposition: its design is very clearly inspired by that of the official Xbox controller.

This has an advantage for players who are used to playing on other platforms, including PC: the comfort is the same, with all the buttons of the Nintendo Switch at your fingertips, and even more.

The directional cross is removable to enjoy an experience closer to that of the official controller, if that is what you are looking for.

This is a wireframe model.

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Switch PowerA controller, wireless version

If you want to treat yourself to a PowerA controller for your Nintendo Switch, but are more attracted to a wireless model, then this officially licensed reference may be of interest to you.

It is equipped with a Bluetooth 5.0 connection and embeds a battery which gives the whole an autonomy of 30 hours.

You can also use it wired since it comes with a 3 meter long USB cable.

Its non-slip coating ensures a pleasant grip and makes it a model of choice for long gaming sessions.

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Nintendo Switch Pro controller, the official

The Switch Pro controller is Nintendo's official proposal for players who are not satisfied with the Joy-Con experience.

It is an ergonomic controller, inspired by classic joysticks that have proven themselves over the past decades.

It includes all the buttons found on a pair of Joy-Con, and it is also possible to use it to scan Amiibos since it has an NFC reader.

It is equipped with a battery whose autonomy goes up to 40 hours and it is recharged using a USB cable which is provided.

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Pair of Nintendo Joy-Con controllers, the colored option

If you're a Joy-Con fan and want an extra pair to play with friends, you can turn to this very colorful model.

You should know that some games require the use of Joy-Con to use essential features: we can mention 1-2 Switch or Just Dance.

Having several Joy-Cons of different colors can be useful when playing Nintendo Switch for up to four people.

Nintendo is the only manufacturer to offer this type of controller: it is therefore towards its models that you must turn to buy it.

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Do the controllers work with all Nintendo Switch models?

There are three versions of the Nintendo Switch: the classic version, the Nintendo Switch Lite which doesn't connect to a TV, and the Nintendo Switch OLED which has a better screen.

In all three cases, the console is equipped with Bluetooth wireless connectivity, as well as a USB Type-C port.

As a result, all Nintendo Switch models can be linked with a Switch-compatible controller, whether wired or wireless.

It should be noted, however, that in the case of the Nintendo Switch Lite, the lack of a docking station to connect the console to a television can make connecting to a wireless controller a little more complicated due to the location of the connector.

Therefore, it is rather recommended to play with a wireless controller on the Switch Lite, for more comfort.

How to connect your controllers to the Nintendo Switch?

As often with game consoles, it is important to synchronize the controller with the Nintendo Switch when using it for the first time.

For Joy-Cons, the simplest solution is to attach them to the sides of the Switch screen, for automatic synchronization.

If you have a Switch Lite, you have to go to the console menu, symbolized by a Joy-Con on the home page.

Choose the "Change Style/Order" option, and sync your new controllers that way.

This method also works with the Switch Pro controller and other wireless controllers offered by alternative brands to Nintendo, such as PowerA, for example.

Synchronization only takes a few seconds.

Finally, if your controller is wired, you must connect it to the console or its docking station for it to be automatically recognized by the device.

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