We're not sure if you've noticed, but console controllers can be incredibly expensive. Consoles tend to only come with one controller, so we casually ask the store assistant to throw in another, only to see the price shoot up by $60 or $70. While the Nintendo Switch bucks the trend and comes with two controllers as standard, let's be honest: the Joy-Cons not the most user-friendly things in the world. If your hands are any bigger than a toddler's then you will likely have issues holding the tiny things.
While additional Switch controllers don't tend to be as expensive as PlayStation and Xbox ones, you still want to make sure you are getting your money's worth. That's where we come in. We have tested out and broken down some of the best third-party Switch controllers so you don't have to. We have even provided the links for where to buy them online, because we're nice like that.
Exlene Wireless Controller
Let's be honest: Nintendo nailed controller design a long time ago. Despite the release of various other consoles by the gaming giants since with vastly different controller designs, all we really want is to play our favorite titles on a GameCube gamepad, especially if we are playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. There are a few designs out there but when it comes to value for money, the Exlene model pictured above is our personal favorite. It might not be the real thing but it is definitely just as good. It is wireless, but since it is a third party piece of hardware, you will need to follow the instructions to sync it up with your Switch. They're easy to follow and after that, you're good to go. Plus, it is a GameCube controller compatible with your PC. What more could you ask for?
EANLK Wireless Controller
If you are lucky enough to own more than one of the current generation consoles, then you have likely fallen victim to switching between them and taking a while to adjust each time. In our experience, that awkward transition is down to switching from one controller design to another. Enter the above offering from EANLK. It's not quite a PlayStation controller, nor is it quite like an Xbox One gamepad, but it falls somewhere in between. That makes it ideal for players who alternate between the Switch and other consoles on a regular basis. Plus, it's a lot lighter than it looks and is by far the cheapest option of the three we consider to be our favorites.
We feel like we were a little harsh about the joy-cons that come with the Switch earlier on. Nintendo is the leader in innovation when it comes to controller design, as they have proven time and time again. The Switch Joy-Cons can just be a little difficult to hold. If you do like the idea of them though but have the same issue as we do, then the Nyko Dualies are for you. Although they are the most expensive choice of this bunch, they do still allow you to play the Switch as Nintendo intended. As you can see, their design means they are a lot easier to keep hold of if you get a little carried away playing Super Mario Party. Plus, they have just as long a battery life as the original Joy-Cons.
Three third-party Switch controllers, all with very different specs and prices. GameCube and Smash loyalists, console hoppers, and joy-con fanatics are all covered with the above. Now all you need to do is decide which of those categories you fall into and make your choice.
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