Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

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Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
A Nintendo Switch Pro Controller in black
TypeVideo game controller
GenerationEighth generation
Release dateMarch 3, 2017
  • 2 × Analog sticks
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Digital D-pad
  • 10 × digital face buttons (two buttons found under analog sticks; controller features additional button for syncing purposes)
  • 2 × digital shoulder buttons
  • 2 × digital triggers
Power1300 mAh,[2] USB-C connector (recharge)[3]
PredecessorWii U GamePad and Wii U Pro Controller

The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is a game controller manufactured and released by Nintendo for use with the Nintendo Switch video game console. It is an alternative controller to the Joy-Con.


The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller was unveiled along with the Nintendo Switch on October 20, 2016, and was released on March 3, 2017.[4][5]


Up to eight Pro Controllers can be synced to the Nintendo Switch.[6] Additionally, the Pro Controller can also be paired with or connected to a PC for use with PC games, such as those on Steam which added support for the Pro Controller through a beta client update on May 9, 2018.[7][8] The Pro Controller also supports near-field communication for use with Nintendo's Amiibo line[9] as well as HD Rumble and motion controls.[10] The controller takes approximately 6 hours to fully charge.[11] When fully charged, the battery duration for the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller can last approximately 40 hours.[11]

Special editions[edit]

The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is available in black, and also in the following special editions:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gurwin, Gabe. "How to connect a Nintendo Switch controller to your PC". Digital Trends. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  2. ^ Gurwin, Gabe. "How to get the most from your Nintendo Switch Pro Controller battery". Digital Trends. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  3. ^ Abent, Eric. "Nintendo issues Switch USB-C cable warning". SlashGear. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  4. ^ Gartenburg, Chaim. "A close look at the Nintendo Switch's wild modular controller: the Joy-Con". VG247. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  5. ^ Abent, Eric. "Nintendo Switch Pro Controller released for sale [UPDATE: Sold Out]". SlashGear. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Controller pairing FAQ". Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  7. ^ Good, Owen. "Switch Pro Controller support comes to Steam". Polygon. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  8. ^ Greenwald, Will. "How to Use a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller on a PC". Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  9. ^ Donaldson, Alex. "Zelda: Breath of the Wild guide – how to use amiibo". VG247.
  10. ^ Keach, Sean (2017-03-03). "Deal: Nintendo Switch Pro Controller already discounted to just £54.99". Trusted Reviews. Archived from the original on 2018-12-31. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  11. ^ a b "Nintendo Support: Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Power Issues". Retrieved 2020-01-04.