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Get the best Nintendo Switch controller cheap in 2019

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What's the secret to getting your hands on the best Nintendo Switch controller cheap? Because Nintendo products are pretty infamous for holding their value, it mostly comes down to legwork. Or it should do, at least - we've gone ahead and found the very best offers on some of the most essential accessories for Switch to save you time as well as money. Looking for something more traditional to play The Legend of Zelda with? Want extra handsets so you can try out multiplayer Mario Kart with your friends? Don't worry, we've got you covered. You'll find all the top offers below, particularly as we march toward the Nintendo Switch Black Friday discounts at the end of November.

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As you'll probably be aware, there are two different kinds of Switch controller on offer - Joy-Cons (like the ones that came with the console itself) and Pro Controllers. Joy-Cons are the Switch's answer to the Wii Remote, and they're wand-like handsets that can be used as a pair, separately, or slotted onto the portable screen in handheld mode. Meanwhile, Pro Controllers are more traditional affairs consisting of two asymmetric thumbsticks, face buttons, a d-pad, shoulder bumpers, and two triggers. This is ideal for games such as Dark Souls or the new Witcher 3 Switch edition. Both can be found at a lower price than normal below. In other words, keep reading for ways of getting the best Nintendo Switch controller cheap.

Want good deals on other must-have peripherals for your console? Check out our guide to the best Nintendo Switch accessories. It's packed with offers on everything from Nintendo Switch SD cards to the best Nintendo Switch headsets.

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Black Friday is very nearly here, so don't forget to bookmark our guide. It'll get you the most tempting and up-to-date offers as they happen, as will these Black Friday gaming specials.

Best Joy-Con deals

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Only after a pair of Joy-Cons? We’ve got the top deals for you below. We’d definitely advise getting a pack of two rather than singular Joy-Cons; single packs go for $49.99/£39.99, while a pair is $79.99/£69.99. It’s better value for money all-round. 

Best Pro controller deals

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The Pro controller’s essential if you’ll be spending a lot of time on the Switch. Not only does it help avoid the claw hand you start to get after a long session using the Joy-Cons, it’s better suited to games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate or Splatoon 2. The only downside is the fact that they don’t come in many colors.

As a side-note, we’d recommend avoiding third-party handsets if you want to use amiibos: they don’t usually have NFC capabilities.

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As part of our Central Hardware Team, Benjamin looks after many of the buying guides, tech reviews, and deals you’ll see on GamesRadar+. He’s also a board game geek with credits that include PC Gamer and Metro.co.uk, so follow him on Twitter @TheWordyBen for more nerdy shenanigans.