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The best cheap Nintendo Switch controller deals in January 2022

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Cheap Nintendo Switch controller deals mean you can save on either official peripherals or budget third party options. That means there are plenty of discounts out there for anyone looking to stock up on multiplayer gamepads or replace a Joy-Con or two. 

The most expensive Nintendo Switch controller is the traditional Joy-Con. Priced at $79.99 / £69.99, you're certainly paying for the nifty tech packed in here, but you are technically getting two gamepads for that price. The $69.99 / £69.99 Pro Controller does see more regular discounts, and is more readily available for $59.99 / £49.99 these days. Those prices do come and go, though. 

If you've just picked up a Nintendo Switch bundle, you won't want to splash too much cash on the most expensive Nintendo Switch accessories. That's why it's good to know that we regularly see third party controllers on sale for as little as $20 / £20. You won't be getting some of the official rumble and Amiibo features in here, and these cheap Nintendo Switch controllers are generally wired, but if you're after some budget multiplayer action these are solid pick ups. 

With that in mind, our guide to the best cheap Nintendo Switch controller deals is here to help you navigate the sea of false offers and overpriced not-bargains. Our price-matching software is also updated every 30 minutes with the best deals, discounts, and offers.

Cheap Nintendo Switch controller deals - Joy-Cons

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Looking for 'normal' Switch controllers? The Joy-Con is what you're after. Built as this console's answer to the Nintendo Wii Remote, Joy-Cons come with the machine and are designed for use as a pair or separately. If you've spent a little less on the Nintendo Switch Lite price, these are well worth investing in as they open you up to a whole world of local multiplayer.

Although you can buy individual Joy-Cons, we wouldn't recommend it - it's more cost-effective to get a pair. More specifically, single packs go for around $49.99 / £39.99, while a pair usually starts at $79.99 / £69.99

Stock in the US is hard to come by right now, but we've seen a few models available at Amazon. Make sure you check it out before they're all gone! 

Cheap Nintendo Switch controller deals - Pro Controller

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The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is 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 just better suited to games like Super Smash Bros. or Splatoon. 

The only downside? The fact that Pro Controllers don't come in many colors. It's basically the standard black or nothing.

As a side-note, we’d suggest avoiding third-party handsets if you want to use Amiibos - they don’t usually have the required NFC capabilities.

More cheap Nintendo Switch controller deals

Third party gamepads make excellent cheap Nintendo Switch controllers. While you won't find some of the more official features of the Pro Controller or Joy-Con in here, there are still plenty of wired and wireless options at great prices. 

PowerA Enhanced Wireless Controller

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If you're not keen to pay for an official Pro Controller (they are expensive), the PowerA equivalents are well worth your time. These wireless and wired handsets are comfortable, accurate, stylish, and reliable - we've used them in our own gaming sessions without any complaints or our part. Plus, they have motion control. That means you don't have to go without during Mario Kart tournaments.

Because they come in a variety of designs - including Animal Crossing and Pokemon - they're also very cool to look at. We love the KK Slider design, for instance.

The only downside? They don't have Amiibo functionality. If you want that, stick to the Nintendo Pro Controller or Joy-Con. It's worth bearing in mind that PowerA wireless controllers need AA batteries, too!

Hori Split Pad Pro 

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If you don't want to shell out for a set of official Joy-Con, the Hori Split Pad Pro offers not only a cheaper option but a far more ergonomic one. The larger gamepads slot straight into the sides of your console like normal, but the chunkier form factor gives you a much more comfortable grip, full-sized thumbsticks, wider shoulder buttons, and assignable triggers. 

The controllers are officially licensed by Nintendo, so work with the console straight out of the box and come in at just $49.99 / £49.99. That's excellent value and a great alternative to the vanilla Joy-Con set that comes with the Nintendo Switch.

Which Nintendo Switch controller deals should you choose?

But which controller should you choose? Well, you've got three options when it comes to cheap Nintendo Switch controller deals. We've listed them below.

  • Joy-Cons: These are small controllers included with the console. Used as a pair, separately, or slotted onto the portable screen in handheld mode, they're ideal for multiplayer. Picking up an extra pair allows you to run four-player games, for example.
  • Nintendo Switch Pro Controller: Pro Controllers are more traditional. They consist of a classic all-in-one design with two thumbsticks, shoulder bumpers, triggers, and grips on the handles for superior control. They're ideal for games such as Super Smash Bros or Dark Souls due to the levels of precision they offer.
  • Third-party alternatives: These are controllers not made by Nintendo. They're usually much cheaper and look a lot like the official Pro Controller, but they usually lack some of the functionality. That makes them good spares.

If you're after more savings, we're rounding up all the best Nintendo Switch game sales, as well as deals on everything from Nintendo Switch SD cards to the best Nintendo Switch headsets.

Tabitha Baker

I originally landed in hardware at our sister site TechRadar before moving over to GamesRadar. In between, I've written for Tom’s Guide, Wireframe, The Indie Game Website and That Video Game Blog, covering everything from the PS5 launch to the Apple Pencil. Now, i'm focused on Nintendo Switch, keyboards, mice, and the quest for an RTX gaming laptop.