Overwatch Nintendo Switch Pro Controllers Are Up For Pre-Order

The acclaimed first-person shooter comes to Nintendo Switch this October.

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In a recent Nintendo Direct, the company revealed a slew of new games coming to the Nintendo Switch in late 2019 and 2020. One of the most exciting announcements was Overwatch: Legendary Edition, which releases on the Switch October 15. To celebrate, PowerA is adding two new Overwatch-themed controllers to its enhanced wireless Switch Pro controller collection, which we've written about previously and highly recommend as a more affordable, third-party option. PowerA will also offer a protective Overwatch-style Switch case. All three Overwatch accessories are officially licensed by Blizzard and Nintendo and will be available this fall at major retailers in North America, Europe, and Australia.

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The first controller features Reaper and has a black-and-red design. You can pre-order the Reaper controller for $50 USD at Amazon, which lists the release date as September 20.

See Reaper Switch controller at Amazon

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The second controller is for D.Va fans, featuring pink buttons, D-pad, and thumbsticks against a baby blue background. So far, it's only listed at the EB Games Australia website for $89.95 AUD and is slated to release in October. According to PowerA, the D.Va controller should appear at more retailers in other countries soon.

See D.Va Switch controller at EB Games AU

PowerA's enhanced wireless Bluetooth controllers have a similar ergonomic design to the first-party Pro controllers and are comfortable to use. While there's no rumble or NFC reader, these controllers do allow for motion controls and custom button mapping. The main drawback is that they use two AA batteries, but that still provides up to 30 hours of gameplay and isn't a huge loss if you use your Pro controller only occasionally or need a backup. The PowerA enhanced wireless Switch controllers always launch at $50 USD, but you can get this black-and-red design for only $35 on Amazon right now.

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If you've yet to buy a protective carrying case for your Nintendo Switch, you now have another option available: this new Overwatch-themed pouch. With a hard outer shell, padded screen protector, and game card storage, this travel case will shield your Switch from any damage when you take it on the go. It costs $25 USD and will be available on September 15, according to Amazon.

See Overwatch protective Switch case at Amazon

Overwatch: Legendary Edition is available to pre-order now for $40 USD and comes bundled with 15 character skins and a three-month Switch Online membership, which you'll need to play. Anyone who pre-orders the game will also receive the bonus Noire Widowmaker skin. Note that this is a digital download, so there won't be a physical game card with your purchase.

See Overwatch: Legendary Edition at Best Buy

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this is great news!

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Came here for the Pro Controller, left with nothing.

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The article title isn't just misleading, it's a lie. Nintendo Switch Pro Controllers are a very specific variety of controller made by Nintendo. PowerA "Enhanced Wireless Controllers" are not Pro Controllers. I wouldn't have even clicked on the article if I hadn't thought for a second that Nintendo was finally releasing more Pro Controller models.

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@Deltath: Exactly, it's like saying Mad Catz is making an Elite controller for Xbox. Only Xbox can make "Elite" controllers.

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@Lord_Sesshy: And it isn't some nitpicky difference either. The third party controllers are always much worse. They feel worse, they break more easily, they look/feel cheaper and the PowerA controller has half the battery life, no NFC reader, no HD rumble. You save $10-15 because you're buying something that's worth a lot less. Honestly, it's probably overpriced for what it is.

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That's entirely incorrect in this case. The Power A wireless controller is far superior to the official Nintendo Pro Controller and it is much more reasonably priced. I have both, and the official Pro is awful, literally the worst controller Nintendo has produced since the original NES square edge controller. The D-pad is stiff and unresponsive, awful for platformer and fighting games.

The Power A wireless controllers are lighter, feel better in your hands, and have excellent and responsive buttons, D-pad and analog sticks. With one official Pro Controller and one Power A wireless controller, I still purchased a second Power A wireless to my wife wouldn't have to use the terrible official Nintendo Pro controller when we play multiplayer games.

It's truly bizarre just how bad the official Nintendo Pro controller is. Nintendo has been making D-pads for years, there's no excuse for their latest flagship traditional controller to be this terrible, and retail it for $70.

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@izraal: I completely disagree. I've used a PowerA that a friend bought and I hated it. And I love the Pro Controller. Tons of other people agree. And at least in the Xenoblade version of the controller, the D-pad is excellent, so are the sticks and the buttons are wonderfully responsive. It's the best controller I've ever used. And the PowerA is missing a number of the new features of the Switch, like HD Rumble and NFC.

And this isn't me just spouting Nintendo propaganda. I hate the joycons as controllers. My left Joycon has had drift bad enough to need repaired twice. They're cheap and uncomfortable to hold as solo controllers to the point where I refuse to use them unless it's mandatory, like in Mario Party. For as much as I love the Switch, I don't understand how the joycons are so cheap feeling.

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@Deltath:

It sounds like we had very different experiences with the official Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. I’ve found it next to unusable.

I generally turn off rumble whenever possible, it’s not something I personally enjoy in games.

It’s entirely possible the Xenoblade model may have been manufactured differently. The standard black official Nintendo pro controller has a travesty of a d-pad, I’ve confirmed with both the one I purchased and testing in store demos. That is the model of official Nintendo pro controller I was discussing - the default one, also known as the one with the awful d-pad.

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@izraal: According to a number of Redditors and some gaming/technology YouTubers, the Xenoblade Pro Controller does in fact have a redesigned D pad as well as some other minor changes. It seems that standard pro controllers that are newer may have these changes as well.

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Interesting. So the Xenoblade special edition pro controller is made differently, and possibly all later interations of the official pro controller. That’s still a hard sell, as it would be hard to tell whether you have one of the fictional ones, in the box, unless there’s some way to tell by serial number.

Still, it's good to know Nintendo recognized they'd put out a first party wireless "pro" controller that was, at least at the time I purchased it, inferior to most third party products. I'll stick with the Power A Wireless controllers, personally, but that is of some comfort, that Nintendo made the needed course correction on their product.

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@Deltath: They probably work better as paper weight collectors items lol.