Following on from PowerA's new Switch controller designs in September, it's now got three more officially licensed Mario themed ones on the way. There's an enhanced wireless pro controller, an enhanced wired pro controller, and a wireless GameCube style controller.
According to listings on Amazon, all three controllers will be released on 30th October and pre-orders are available now.
PowerA Enhanced Wireless Controller (Mario Pop) - $49.99
Play your favorite Nintendo Switch games like a pro with this officially Licensed POWER A enhanced wireless Controller. Built for comfort during extended gaming sessions, this Bluetooth wireless Controller features motion controls, mappable advanced gaming Buttons, and standard ergonomic layout. Enjoy up to 30 hours of gameplay from internal rechargeable battery.
- Wireless freedom using Bluetooth 5.0
- Features motion controls and mappable advanced gaming Buttons
- Ergonomic design with standard button layout
- Leds for player number, button mapping, and low battery warning
- Internal rechargeable battery for up to 30 hours of gameplay
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PowerA Enhanced Wired Controller (Vintage Star) - $24.99
Play your favorite Nintendo Switch games in style using this POWER A enhanced wired Controller. Designed for comfort during extended gaming sessions, this wired Controller features a 3.5mm audio jack, mappable advanced gaming Buttons, and standard ergonomic layout. A detachable 10ft USB cable with a Velcro-strap is included for reduced clutter and easy storage. Getting all these features at nearly half the price of wireless Controllers makes POWER A wired controllers a no-brainer.
- Ergonomic design with Nintendo Switch button layout
- Video game controller features 3.5mm audio jack and mappable advanced gaming Buttons
- Detachable 10ft USB cable with Velcro strap
- No batteries required
- Switch button layout
PowerA Wireless GameCube Style Controller (Mario) - $49.99
Gamecube style controllers are widely considered the preferred way to play Super smash Bros. Ultimate. Pull off precise attacks using octagonal gated sticks, larger a button, and nostalgic muscle memory on this Officially Licensed Bluetooth wireless Controller for Nintendo Switch. The original GameCube design has been improved with larger shoulder buttons and d-pad, plus added left shoulder and system buttons for compatibility across all Nintendo Switch games. Enjoy up to 30 hours of gameplay with two new AA alkaline batteries.
- The preferred gamepad for Super smash Bros. Ultimate
- Wireless freedom using Bluetooth 5.0
- Classic GameCube design plus larger d-pad and added left shoulder button
- Motion controls and system Buttons added for compatibility across all Nintendo Switch games
- Player indicator and low battery warning LED
Do you like the look of these controllers? Tell us down in the comments.
The two Switch ones looks like properly designed pieces for a change and not just like somebody put random artworks on it. Nice.
The Mario Pop one looks like an eyesore but that Star Controller is incredibly clean and easy on the eyes.
I love the wireless PowerA controllers. Actually prefer the lighter feel to the Switch Pro.
A GameCube controller that uses Bluetooth and is compatible with normal switch games?? So I can play mario sunshine using that controller?
They're all ugly as sin if you ask me.
If that Star controller were wireless instead of wired, I'd buy it.
I have their grey gamecube style controller. It's quite good to use, especially in smash. My largely PS4 gaming 17 yr old loves it and he never played the gamecube
Love that star design. Shame it’s wired, though.
@Clyde_Radcliffe @LEGEND_MARIOID Have you fellows owned PowerA stuff long enough to know if stick drift is a problem? My Pro Controller is becoming very difficult to use on that account.
@COVIDberry I have pro controllers as well as this (grey, GC controller like, powerA) controller and haven't noticed drift unlike with 3 of our joycons. However, we haven't used the powerA or pro controllers as extensively as the joycons. We have 2 pro controllers (one OG and one Smash) and this powerA controller though, so it may be also because we "switch" between using them. Not as much wearing usage, if you know what I mean.
Still unacceptable to get any drift considering I have used previous controllers for previous consoles far moreso & not come across any such problems.
I have the same controller without the fancy artwork from them. It's a black camo one.
I actually prefer it to the pro.
@Yosher I agree with you on the star one, but the GameCube and Mario Pop ones I think look awesome. Definitely Asking for those as christmas gifts.
Okay, some of you answered this question: but are these more comfortable than the pro controller for longer gaming sessions?
And, why is one wired? I just don't understand why.
PowerA makes some nice stuff but those 3 controllers are hideous 🤢🤮
@COVIDberry I've used a PowerA wired controller (The not enhanced one) as my primary controller for about 1.5 years.
They still work perfectly in every game I play and their controllers are really good quality, especially for the price.
I love use the gamecube wireless controller on my switch
@COVIDberry I have a bunch of the Power A wireless controllers and have not had a problem. I think they're very good.
@LEGEND_MARIOID @Kman5 @Burning_Spear
Many thanks! The GameCube form factor is very tempting, in particular.
That gamecube style controller looks slick imo.
The GameCube and Star one look sleek and cool while the Mario Pop looks like photoshop galore
I'd stay away from them, the two wireless ones I own started drifting within 4 months of use. Way worse than any joycon drifting.
I bought the wired PowerA Mario controller back in August and the left stick started drifting on me a little - I use it for about 1 hour of ANCH a day - then Friday night it would go left at a nearly running pace, even in the Switch menu screen. I went into the calibration screen but of course these can't be calibrated. So I swung the stick round and round for it bit, whenever I let go it would lean left, then somehow it just centered, and kept centering. Played again for an hour yesterday, good as new. So I'm guessing a piece of plastic from the manufacturing process got loose and stuck in there, or maybe an eyelash, then it worked it self out.
Either way it's good now so I'm keeping it. It looks good in my collection and only cost $15. So if you controller gets stuck sticks, don't give up, move them around a bit. If t's already broken it can't hurt, and it may just get unstuck.
For the record, I really don't like the placement of the Home, Photo, +, - buttons. They feel a little cramped. I had played on a cheap wired Horipad for 2 1/2 years before this - finally gave up the ghost - and I probably should have just bought another one. Not all cheap 3rd party controllers are the same.
That retro Star pad is a treat. Too bad I don't trust using USB pads as my dock is on a high shelf...
Damn, I just want working controllers that don't drift or get sticky buttons.
I haven’t played on the new “enhanced” versions, but personally I don’t think these are great controllers. Good enough to use, but a official pro feels much better to me. I’ve always tried to avoid 3rd party controllers since getting burned back in the day!
Also I mostly prefer joy cons separated as they allow me to have better posture when gaming. I love split controllers for that reason.
Nice! Love the gamecube and the mario pop
@Luminous117 Agree, it’s so nice and clean, but I don’t have any use for a wired Switch controller...
@COVIDberry I don’t use mine as heavily as my joycons but I haven’t had any issues with drift in about 8 months. I use it mostly for platformers so while I don’t use it as often, I’m probably a lot harder on the joysticks than I am when using joycons.
I do want one but the chances of it drifts Im not gonna take a chance..
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