Custom controllers aren't exactly a new idea; whether they're cobbled together by a passionate young player or expertly crafted by someone with serious experience, the allure of custom gaming gubbins has been around for donkey's years.

Colorware apparently knows this, as they offer a wide array of custom controllers for various systems, and as we're appropriately named Nintendo Life, we're going to take a look at the Switch offerings on hand. Check out the video above for a full review, but if you're in a hurry or you're not the video type, here's a concise summary.


We don't need to tell you that these controls look utterly gorgeous. The retro aesthetic is one we have a particular fondness for, and it's glorious to see the spirit of the NES realised in both Joy-Con and Pro Controller form. All the controllers feel exactly as you would want them to, none of the buttons or any of the inputs have been affected by the layers of paint carefully applied, which is what you'd expect given the price tag and professional finish.

The only difference in 'feel' is the fact that the matte coating on the controllers feel different to the stock Joy-Con. They have a slight powdery touch to them that appears to be some sort of final coating that slowly 'settles' into feeling more like a standard Joy-Con. Also the buttons are gloriously glossy, and they feel absolutely wonderful.


The only issue we have with the products is the right Joy-Con for some reason bulges in the middle on both sides (see above). It's not clear why this is, it doesn't affect gameplay and nine times out of ten we didn't notice it was there, but it's a bit of a shame nonetheless.


All in all, we're chuffed to bits with these controllers. The finish is superbly professional, and the controllers function exactly as you'd want them to. The price tag of $189 for the Pro Controller and $199 for the Joy-Con may seem a lot at first, but these are hand-made, custom pieces of artwork. You get what you pay for, and these controllers are absolutely no exception.

If you'd like to pick up one of these for yourself or just learn more, just point your clicking device over here.