Both the Nintendo Switch Pro controller and the Joy-Cons can set you back a bit if you're not careful - they're not cheap by any metric. But there are deals out there if you know where to look. The good news for you is we've done that looking for you, and we've rounded up the best prices for the full range, to help you save some cash.
We're expecting the best deals to come when this year's Black Friday sales kick off - and they're not far away. Here on GR we'll be rounding up all the best Black Friday game deals every day - and we reckon that could include some bargains on the Nintendo Switch Pro controller and the Joy-Cons. And if you're looking to pick up some games or accessories too, make sure to check in on our Black Friday Nintendo deals page too.
The cheapest Nintendo Switch Pro controller prices
Yes, the official Pro Controller is an expensive piece of kit. At $69.99/£59.99 RRP you're actually spending more on this pad than most actual Switch games, which seems a little steep. However, the Pro Controller does make a huge difference to more traditional games, or titles that require extra precision and response times. Something like Bayonetta is a perfect example of a Pro Controller game, as is Zelda: Breath of the Wild, because prolonged play sessions with the JoyCons can start to give you claw hand. Need to get better at Splatoon? It's a no-brainer. And anyone hoping to compete in the new Smash Bros. game, coming at the end of the year, will definitely need one of these Pro Controllers. Maybe it's time to bite the bullet and invest in one...
Compared to the Joy-Cons, there really isn't much choice for Nintendo Switch Pro controller colors. The gray/black version is the most common version and usually the cheapest. Naturally we expect Nintendo to eventually release some more colors outside of limited edition game tie-ins, hopefully providing a little more incentive to spend so much on a controller. A warning against buying third-party controllers at this stage: they don't have NFC capabilities, so don't expect to use any amiibo with them.
Big Splatoon 2 fan, or just really tired of gray? Then you'll want to take a look at this pink and green-handled Nintendo Switch Pro controller. It has has some black 'splats' on the grey face of the controller too. Prices are pretty much in-line with the standard black Pro controller at the moment, but that could change soon as Nintendo probably won't make as many of this version going forwards. Just so you know, this doesn't come with a copy of the game.
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The cheapest Joy-Con prices
Ok, so you've got your Nintendo Switch and are looking for some extra Joy-Con controllers like the pair that came with the console? Ideally though, you could do with some that are a different colour than the ones you already have. Well there are plenty to choose from below.
We've listed the best Joy-Con prices for the most readily available pairs. Getting them in pairs is the best way to go as single Joy-Con's RRP is $49.99/£39.99. The RRP of a pair is $79.99/£69.99, but we generally find many retailers charge far less. Thankfully! Getting a pair unlocks lots of four player options too, or many two player games work better if you have a Joy-Con controller in each hand too.
These are a super popular pick, especially if you originally wanted these with the console, but could only find the grey edition. Stock was super hard to get a hold of when the Switch launched and throughout the Christmas shopping period.
Oh you need something a bit more colourful than the red/blue Joy-Cons? Well these Splatoon-flavoured Nintendo Switch controllers are a great way to go. Originally only available with the limited edition Splatoon 2 console bundle, it's great to see them available separately now. Note: these don't come with a copy of the game.
Did you end up with the Red/Blue Joy-Cons with the console but would prefer something a little more understated? Well, the gray Joy-Cons are here for you. Are you sure you don't want the next colour down though...
The Neon Yellow Joy-Cons are... an acquired taste. And also a bit greenish? No? Just us. We're not sure who they're really for (Minions? Bananaman?). These seem to be a bit rarer than the other colors of Joy-Con, so they're generally more expensive too. Worth investing in as a collector's item for later? Yeah, um good luck with that.
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