Nintendo Switch Pro Controller reviewed – should you buy one?

A lot of people are trying to determine whether or not it’s worth picking up a Switch Pro controller, especially given how well the JoyCon and JoyCon grip works. Here’s what I think.

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C1: Hey guys, welcome to P Myth Gaming, just a quick little video on this little fella, the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.

Now a lot of people, myself included, were pondering in the run up to launch, whether or not it was worth picking up one of these. The thing ain’t particularly cheap, retailing at 69.99 in the states, and £65 here in the UK.

You could buy Snipperclips, Shovel Knight, and Fast RMX for that.

C2: And still have enough left for a bag of sweets to enjoy whilst you’re playing.

C1: Furthermore, the system comes bundled with a JoyCon grip, which acts like a traditional controller, with the JoyCons slid into it, for those that want that kind of set up. So what is the appeal of the Pro controller?

Well, first off, let’s talk about that grip. I am actually a big fan of the sad puppy.

C2: Side note, believe it or not, Nintendo actually designed the thing to look like a puppy.

And people wonder why I love that company so much.

C1: It’s far more comfortable than it looks, the motion control aiming in Zelda, and on Splatoon Two that I tried at the hands on events

C2: Go and check out that video to see it in action.

C1: is flawless, and it’s a solid control option that doesn’t feel lacking in any major way.

Because it’s using the JoyCon, the buttons do feel a little bit smaller than you may be used to with a home console pad, and the omission of a proper D-Pad, whilst understandable given the multi-functioning nature of the JoyCon, is a bit of a downer.

Enter the Pro Controller

C2: Bruce Lee’s lesser known gaming/martial arts crossover.

C1: Where the Sad Puppy feels fine, the Pro Controller feels great. It has big chunky face buttons, that are much more satisfying at an animal level to press. The proper D-Pad feels much better than the separated buttons on the Left JoyCon, even for weapon cycling on Zelda. For something like Street Fighter further down the line, or Shovel Knight now actually, it’s practically essential.

The sticks travel a little further than the ones on the JoyCon too, making them more satisfying to use, and the positioning of the plus and minus button is much more natural than their locations on the JoyCon.

The Sad Puppy can also feel a little light and flimsy, I mentioned in my Switch review video that the grip is kinda cheap and plasticy, but the Pro has a satisfying bulk to it, whilst remaining wonderfully comfortable.

It also has HD Rumble, motion controls, NFC for your amiibo, and all the other bells and whilstles that the Sad Puppy arrangement has, and you can wake the console up just from the Pro controller using the home button and jump straight in, so you’re not losing any functionality.

C2: All that tech also kind of explains the steeper price tag.

C1: So should you buy one? Honestly I’d say yes. Especially if you’re planning on using this thing docked for any length of time. If you’re using the Switch primarily as a portable device, you can probably live without it, though the Pro does work in tabletop mode too, and it’s easy enough to throw into a bag alongside your system if you’re off galavanting, so it can be used on the go.

Also worth mentioning is the 40 hour battery life. It comes with a USB cable, so you can charge it directly from your dock if you so wish, but play sessions where you’ll be running out of power and having to plug this thing in will be few and far between.

So yeah, is it an essential purchase? Maybe not, the Sad Puppy works fine, but if you’re on the fence about it, or just have some extra cash you’re willing to splurge on the system, it’s awesome, you won’t regret it, buy it.

C2: Do it! Do it now!

C1: Thanks very much for watching, please hit those like and subscribe buttons, it really helps with visibility, check out some of the other videos, and I’ll catch you next time!

 

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