Now that the Nintendo Switch has been out for a while, we've got a few more controller options to consider. While the official Joy-Con are rather lovely for using docked on your Switch in handheld mode, or when using the motion controls in games like ARMS, they might not be the most comfortable for long gaming sessions. Thankfully, there are plenty of alternatives to consider. 

Here are your options for official and third-party controllers on the Switch for July 2018:

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Nintendo Switch Joy-Con

Of course, your Nintendo Switch came bundled with two lovely Joy-Con controllers, but if you're anything like us you'll want to pick some more up for multiplayer action. We have some nice colour options for you below, and don't forget that you can mix and match this colours to your heart's content!

Nintendo Switch Pro Controllers

The official Switch Pro Controller is a must-have purchase for playing games when docked, these can be found in a range of colours. The controller is rechargeable via USB-C, fully wireless, supports NFC, motion controls and of course it has that lovely HD Rumble! Be sure to check out our full review here.

Go Retro With 8BitDo

We're big fans of 8BitDo's SN30 Pro, it is perfect for playing retro games and it is wireless and has a rechargeable battery. While it doesn't support NFC, it does offer motion controls and a non-HD rumble feature. 8BitDo has a range of new pads on the horizon, and it's worth noting that some of its older pads - like the SNES30 - also work on Switch. Alternatively, 8BitDo also sells a USB adapter which allows you to use other controllers with your Switch - such as PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Wiimote, Wii U Pro controller and other compatible Bluetooth devices.

HORI To The Rescue

If you're looking to save a bit of money, then you could do far worse than the Hori wired controller. While it lacks motion controls, rumble and the ability to scan amiibo, it's still worth a look. This wired controller has a detachable directional pad, so it's great for retro games. Did we mention that it's cheap? Check out our full review here.

Power Up With PowerA

PowerA's offering comes in various themes and closely resembles Nintendo's own Pro Controller - except that it is wired. The included cable is 10 feet long, so you won't have to sit too close to your Switch to enjoy it. As with the Hori pad, it lacks the rumble, motion-control and NFC which you can find on the Pro Controller. Otherwise, it's certainly worth a look - especially at this price.

Give It Some Stick!

Now if you are really serious about your retro and fighting games, then you'll want to pick up an arcade stick. Perfect for all the Neo Geo brawlers, Street Fighter, and even shmups as Ikaruga. Get one of these bad boys and be the envy of all your friends! Just don't expect it to be particular portable. Ahem.

Get Ready To Smash!

With Super Smash Bros. Ultimate coming up on 7th December for Switch, it would be remiss of us to not remind you that you can now pre-order the lovely matching GameCube controller and adaptor so you can enjoy the game to its fullest potential. As always, these are sure to get snatched up by those nasty-type eBay scalpers, so if you want one for a decent price, you'd best slap in a pre-order soon.

My Kingdom For A D-Pad

If you love playing Arcade Archive and ACA Neo Geo games in handheld mode - or fighting games like those seen in Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection - you should definitely look at picking up a Hori cross connector, which will replace your left Joy-Con in handheld mode and give you a proper D-pad which any old-school gamer knows is best. The only catch here is that this controller lacks any motion-sensing gubbins and doesn't have its own internal battery, so it only works when connected to the console. The other catch is that it's not actually available yet, but you can pre-order online so you're sure to get one.


These are the Nintendo Switch controllers which we consider to be the most essential. Let us know which ones you already have or intend to pick up soon. Also be sure to leave a comment if there is a Switch controller which we have missed that you absolutely adore.