Is the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller worth the upgrade?

Last month, we finally got our hands on Nintendo’s mysterious NX console – now known as the Switch. It comes bundled with two Wii Remote-like Joy-Cons, and a Joy-Con Grip, which the two controllers fit nicely into if you want a more traditional controller experience.

However, if you too have a Switch, and want to take it one step further, you should check out the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. Although it doesn’t come bundled with the console itself, it’s well worth the investment if you’re looking for the comfort offered by classic console controllers.

The biggest change the Pro controller makes to your kit is the button layout. While the Joy-Cons possess a more vertical, up-and-down design (especially when they’re in the Grip), the Pro controller allows everything to be more spread out, and is more familiar for those accustomed to conventional controllers. You no longer find yourself passing over other buttons to access the joysticks or ABXY buttons, and the + and – buttons are also noticeably easier to find and press. The distance your fingers have to travel is reduced, with the Switch Pro controller almost matching the design of an Xbox controller. Even the triggers on the top are easier to reach and less fiddly than their Joy-Con counterparts.

It is worth keeping in mind that you can’t use a Pro Controller for everything. Games like 1-2-Switch – which use the Joy-Cons as part of the main attraction – won’t support it, but it is overwhelmingly more comfortable to use for long periods of time, especially on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

The Pro controller also has a longer battery life, a more stable connection than the Joy-Cons, and amiibo compatibility to boot – the odds are stacked in its favour.

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