Nintendo Switch 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.

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

Design and featuresEdit

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.[9] When fully charged, the battery duration for the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller can last approximately 40 hours.[9]


The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller was unveiled along with the Nintendo Switch on October 20, 2016, and was released on March 3, 2017.[10][11]

Special editionsEdit

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

See alsoEdit


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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. "Nintendo issues Switch USB-C cable warning". SlashGear. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Controller pairing FAQ". Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  5. ^ Good, Owen. "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. "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. ^ Gartenburg, Chaim. "A close look at the Nintendo Switch's wild modular controller: the Joy-Con". VG247. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  11. ^ Abent, Eric. "Nintendo Switch Pro Controller released for sale [UPDATE: Sold Out]". SlashGear. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  12. ^ "PowerA Wireless GameCube Controller Review: The Wavebird Flies Again". ReviewGeek. Retrieved 2019-02-18.