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sarethums

I didnt notice this right away, it was after sometime playing other consoles and coming back to it. I play mostly platformers and shmups where the d-pad is fundamental. I feel that i need to press quite hard so when running right for eg it gets quite sore on the thumbprint but also the strain on the thumb/hand. Not when i play platformers or shmups on the switch i use the mayflash and plug in the 360 or xb1 controller. I have not used another switch pro controller so it might be something wrong with mine. I loved the wii u pro controller, no problems there. I heard that the xenoblade pro controller had an improved d-pad, can anyone share thoughts on this?

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DiscoGentleman

I'm baffled that you prefer the 360's "d"-pad to the switch's pro.

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ValhallaOutcast

Ive read this complaint but I either got lucky or something but I even try to get the wrong inputs on Zelda or Street Fighter 2 and I cant up is up down is down left is left and right is right

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Dogorilla

I have the Splatoon pro controller and I don't have the same problem. However on my pro controller, sometimes when I press left or right, the up button also gets pressed somehow, which can be annoying for certain games.

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Yosheel

I've used my brother's pro controller and it was awesome all-around.

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Yeah I don’t know either.

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Yorumi

Yeah it's not great. What I find amazing is how hard it is to find a really good controller. A lot of them ignore ergonomics, or they have bad d-pads. It's the primary input device in a console and yet they seem to hardly care about it.

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SwitchForce

Yorumi wrote:

Yeah it's not great. What I find amazing is how hard it is to find a really good controller.

Everyone has their opinion but yet none wants to re-design or make one. This is what I find amazing.

Yorumi wrote:

A lot of them ignore ergonomics

Really based on what? So unless you were part of their QC team don't make baseless assumptions here.

Yorumi wrote:

they have bad d-pads. It's the primary input device in a console and yet they seem to hardly care about it.

They you left out Keyboard as primary input devices along with mice-example. If this is your mindset you shouldn't play any console device be it xbox, ps, vita, 2DS/3DS and NS because they are all bad.

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Yosheel

What...?

You seem to have misunderstood their post. Or maybe took it a bit too personal.

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Yorumi

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Everyone has their opinion but yet none wants to re-design or make one. This is what I find amazing.

Ah yes that old fallacy. How dare you have an opinion unless you go out and create a multi-million dollar R&D firm to create a controller.

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Really based on what? So unless you were part of their QC team don't make baseless assumptions here.

Based on the fact that it's hard to find a comfortable controller that conforms to your hands. The pro-controller is one of the better ones for sure. Joycons are among the worst.

SwitchForce wrote:

They you left out Keyboard as primary input devices along with mice-example. If this is your mindset you shouldn't play any console device be it xbox, ps, vita, 2DS/3DS and NS because they are all bad.

What does this have to do with anything? I never mentioned keyboard and mouse at all. I love how you're trying to take that out of context too.

The choice of input device I use highly depends on the game, and I don't think there's one perfect input device. That said I find it annoying that it's difficult to find a controller with a good d-pad, well made sticks, and is comfortable for long sessions.

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DiscoGentleman

This post got me thinking: I think I still prefer Wii U Pro Controller to any other. I use it for all my PC/emulator gaming.

@Meowpheel from reading his/her comments everywhere, that seems to be their MO.

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Yorumi wrote:

The choice of input device I use highly depends on the game, and I don't think there's one perfect input device. That said I find it annoying that it's difficult to find a controller with a good d-pad, well made sticks, and is comfortable for long sessions.

Goes to the old adage don't like it don't use it. Plain and simple enough here. Doesn't get more simple then this.

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Yorumi wrote:

The choice of input device I use highly depends on the game, and I don't think there's one perfect input device. That said I find it annoying that it's difficult to find a controller with a good d-pad, well made sticks, and is comfortable for long sessions.

Goes to the old adage don't like it don't use it. Plain and simple enough here. Doesn't get more simple then this.

I'm not sure if you're doing this on purpose or what. The whole point of my rant is that I can't find a good controller. I have to use something to play games.

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Hikingguy

Terrible, no. The D-pad is far from terrible.
I have used far, far worse D-pads than the Switch Pro controller. I have noticed no real problems with the Switch Pro controller.
However, I do prefer things to be symmetrical. So I prefer the layout of the Wii U Pro controller because the the analog sticks are in line. Same with the D-pad and the 4 buttons are in line. This would be the same with the PS3/4 controller, but flipped. But the even though I prefer controllers to be symmetrical, I find the Switch Pro controller to be just fine for gaming.

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OorWullie

My Switch Pro D-pad is pretty crap, worst one Nintendo have ever put out by quite some margin and there are countless others who would back that up. Just Google the words Switch Pro D-pad and you'll find numerous complaints, how to fix videos etc. It's fine for some games but games like shooters, fighting games, overhead RPG it's bad. Push U/D/R/L and 30% of the time you'll get a diagonal direction. Even navigating the Eshop with it is a challenge. Easy way to check, just rock the D-pad slightly within the Eshop and see where it takes you.From what I understand though this issue has since been fixed with newer models. Plus many with older models seem to be happy with theirs, but the issue was widespread and the fact Nintendo have now fixed it shows it was an issue. I love the controller otherwise but for retro games I bought an 8bitdo SF-30 Pro and it's superb. Far better D-pad that the Switch Pro

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dharmajones93

I fall into the camp where my (first-gen) pro controller's D-pad registers up presses when I deliberately push left or right. It happens, and can be frustrating, but it doesn't impact my overall experience in the types of games i play.

Also, it is a bit stiff. But, when viewed relatively, my thumb is screaming after about 15 minutes with my OG Genesis controller. The silicon mat underneath hardly has any resistance and it still digs in mercilessly! So, getting an hour or so in with my pro controller is a blessing.

There are some newer joy-con grips that enlarge and extend the triggers and shoulders, have similar grips to the pro controller, and come with stick toppers. I enjoy this format because the left joy-con buttons are small enough that they resemble the D-pad on a dual shock and the other accoutrements give a bit more substance to the combined joy-con. The Switch PDP Joycon Charging Grip is the one I have, but HORI has a newer one also.

I needed one because my SMO red joycon (left) locking mechanism was broken and needed a grip that completely enclosed it so that it would slide out of the grip.

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My PC D-pad isn't bad at all in my opinion. It's not the best ever - (I think the GC Wavebird is the best) but it works. Mind you, I don't play a lot of fighting games, but I do play games that use it a lot. And I don't hate it.

Not discounting the possibility that some games might need a better one. But also, it's one flaw in an otherwise beautiful controller.

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Heavyarms55

I have 3 Pro-controllers(standard, Spla2oon, Xeno) and have had no issues, but I don't use the d-pad on them all that much. If you dislike it, I highly suggest the 8bitdo Pro-controller for Switch(it also works with PC and android)

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Burning_Spear

DiscoGentleman wrote:

This post got me thinking: I think I still prefer Wii U Pro Controller to any other. I use it for all my PC/emulator gaming.

IMO, the Wii U Pro Controller will go down in gaming history as the best controller hardly anyone used. Great all-around controls, ridiculously light and comfortable, and 80 hours of play off of a single charge.

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dharmajones93

Burning_Spear wrote:

IMO, the Wii U Pro Controller will go down in gaming history as the best controller hardly anyone used. Great all-around controls, ridiculously light and comfortable, and 80 hours of play off of a single charge.

I've been hearing this a lot lately. I have a Mayflash Magic NS (a friend prefers his Dual Shock when he comes over), so I may just have to pick up one of these. Are they anything like the Wii classic controller? I liked the feel of the Wii classic, but it always felt a bit chintzy. D-Pad on the Wii class is pretty great though...

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Burning_Spear

dharmajones93 wrote:

I've been hearing this a lot lately. I have a Mayflash Magic NS (a friend prefers his Dual Shock when he comes over), so I may just have to pick up one of these. Are they anything like the Wii classic controller? I liked the feel of the Wii classic, but it always felt a bit chintzy. D-Pad on the Wii class is pretty great though...

I didn't like the first iteration of the Wii Classic Controller but enjoyed the remake with the handles. That said, in my opinion, the Wii U Pro is better than the Wii CC in every way.

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