Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

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Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
A black Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
DeveloperNintendo Platform Technology Development
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 Pro Controller

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

Design and features[edit]

The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller incorporates a button layout similar to that of the Wii's Classic Controller Pro, but utilizes a staggered analog stick layout employed by the GameCube controller and Microsoft's family of Xbox consoles, with its overall design being highly similar to that of the Xbox Wireless Controller. Up to eight Pro Controllers can be synced to the Nintendo Switch.[4] 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.[5][6] The Pro Controller also supports near-field communication for use with Nintendo's Amiibo line[7] as well as HD Rumble and motion controls.[8] The controller takes approximately 6 hours to fully charge, and is user-replaceable with the same battery (CTR-003) as the 3DS/2DS and Wii U Pro Controller.[9] When fully charged, the battery duration for the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller can last approximately 40 hours.[9] The controller also features a USB-C connector, as well as coming with a USB-C to Type-A charging cord, which can be connected to the USB-A 2.0 ports on the Switch dock. Official Nintendo Switch Pro Controller support was added to iPhones and iPads as part of its iOS 16 update.[10]


The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller was unveiled along with the Nintendo Switch on October 20, 2016, and was released on March 3, 2017.[11][12]

Special editions[edit]

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

A special Splatoon 2 edition Pro Controller with golden handles was awarded to the winning team of the PAX East 2019 Inkling Open.[13]

A special Pro Controller imprinted with the Super Smash Bros. logo was awarded to the winners of the Super Smash Bros. tournament at PAX East 2019,[14] as well as to Shuto Moriya, the winner of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament at EVO Japan 2020.[15]


TechRadar praised the controller's handling, build quality and battery life, but criticized its shoulder buttons for being too shallow and high price.[16] Overall, it's a "must-have if you primarily use your Nintendo Switch at home".[16]

Secret message[edit]

On the controller's motherboard, if a player holds down on the right stick and looks closely into the transparent plastic surrounding its socket while shining a light on it, there is a hidden message that reads "THX2ALLGAMEFANS!". The message was discovered by Japanese Twitter user Geo Stream on March 4, 2017, one day after the Switch's launch.[17]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Gurwin, Gabe. "How to get the most from your Nintendo Switch Pro Controller battery". Digital Trends. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  3. ^ Abent, Eric (6 April 2018). "Nintendo issues Switch USB-C cable warning". SlashGear. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Controller pairing FAQ". Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  5. ^ Good, Owen (4 May 2018). "Switch Pro Controller support comes to Steam". Polygon. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  6. ^ Greenwald, Will. "How to Use a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller on a PC". Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  7. ^ Donaldson, Alex (11 April 2019). "Zelda: Breath of the Wild guide – how to use amiibo". VG247.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ a b "Nintendo Support: Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Power Issues". Retrieved 2020-01-04.
  10. ^ Warren, Tom (June 7, 2022). "iOS 16 supports Nintendo's Switch Pro and Joy-Con controllers". The Verge. Retrieved June 7, 2022.
  11. ^ Gartenburg, Chaim (20 October 2016). "A close look at the Nintendo Switch's wild modular controller: the Joy-Con". VG247. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  12. ^ Abent, Eric (25 January 2017). "Nintendo Switch Pro Controller released for sale [UPDATE: Sold Out]". SlashGear. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  13. ^ Burch, Jennifer. "PAX East Smash and Splatoon winners announced, special Pro Controllers given as prizes". Nintendo Wire. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  14. ^ Burch, Jennifer. "PAX East Smash and Splatoon winners announced, special Pro Controllers given as prizes". Nintendo Wire. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  15. ^ Craddock, Ryan (January 27, 2020). "Random: Smash Ultimate Evo Japan Champion Drops Golden Prize Controller On Stage". Nintendo Life. Retrieved March 11, 2021.
  16. ^ a b Lynch, Gerald (2018-04-12). "Nintendo Switch Pro Controller review". TechRadar. Retrieved 2023-01-14.
  17. ^ Barder, Ollie. "There Is A Hidden Message On The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller". Forbes. Retrieved 2022-05-11.