Best Switch Controller 2022: Nintendo Switch Gamepads For Every Genre

The Switch Pro controller isn't the only great controller for Switch; there are plenty of excellent options.


You don't technically need to buy extra controllers for your Nintendo Switch. After all, most multiplayer games on Switch support single Joy-Con play--so it's one of the rare consoles that allows you to play local multiplayer without buying any extra accessories. That said, the Joy-Con controllers are really only ideal for handheld mode, as pairing them together with the included grip doesn't feel quite like a conventional controller. A quality controller is one of the first accessories you should buy for your Switch. Though the Switch Pro controller is an easy and safe choice, there are plenty of other third-party controllers worth considering. We've rounded up the best Nintendo Switch controllers in 2022. There are Switch controllers designed for every type of game and experience, so depending on what you play, you may want to pick up a couple of the controllers on this list.

We've tested all sorts of Nintendo Switch controllers to find the ones we think are most worth picking up. Some of the top brands to consider include 8BitDo, a maker of retro-inspired controllers and the company behind our favorite Pro Controller alternative, the Pro 2; Hori, which makes the Split Pad Pro and more of the best Nintendo Switch accessories; and PDP, which offers some of the best budget Switch controllers and a great GameCube-style option as well. Depending on your Switch gaming habits and needs, you can find a great third-party Switch controller out there for less than the price of a Pro Controller--though it's not a bad idea to invest in one of those as well.

From Switch Pro Controller alternatives and better Joy-Cons to fight sticks and retro pads, here are the best Switch controllers we've tried and swear by. Plus, check out our picks for the best Nintendo Switch carrying cases, screen protectors, and grips as well as great Bluetooth headsets for Switch.

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