The Nintendo Switch is a wonderfully creative and unique video game console. This is especially true with the recent Nintendo Labo release. Even so, sometimes you just want a more traditional gaming experience and you might not want to sell out the big bucks for the Pro Controller. You’re in luck. Because here are a couple of Switch controllers you can pick up for about twenty bucks.

The first, shown above, is the PDP Faceoff Wired Pro Controller. Currently on sale for $19.99, the PDP take on the Pro Controller is officially licensed by Nintendo and features the same core layout as its much more expensive cousin.

Of course, there are some tradeoffs to be made here. Unlike the Nintendo Pro Controller, these Switch controllers are wired. That means you’ll need to run a cable from the console to your hands. Second, they don’t have NFC for Amiibos, and they don’t have rumble support or motion control. That’s not a big deal, depending on the game that you’re playing.

It’s called a “Faceoff” controller, because that radiant Mario Star faceplate can be removed and replaced with any of the other faceplates from PDP’s compatible lineup. In fact, if you’re willing to pony up $5 more, you can get one with two faceplates for $25. The black faceplate is replaced by a red Mario motif and a green Luigi motif.

These Switch Controllers Are Only $20

Another solid option right in the $20 price range, at least while it’s on sale for $9 off, is the HORIPAD wired controller by HORI. Just like the PDP iteration, this wired controller is also licensed by Nintendo and it also lacks NFC, rumble and motion control. One key difference is that this version has the removable d-pad if you prefer four physical buttons instead.


While you may or may not want to rely on these options as your primary controller for some Mario Kart (or Donkey Kong Country, out today) action, they are a very affordable way to have a few extra Switch controllers kicking around for local multiplayer.

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