Nintendo Switch controllers are excruciatingly expensive. So don't miss these rare Pro and Joy-Con deals

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Finding cheap Nintendo Switch controllers isn't always easy, particularly when it comes to the official models. Nintendo products are notoriously slow to come down in price. So imagine our excitement when we spotted some rare discounts in the wild!

In the US, Walmart's cheap Nintendo Switch controller sale puts the Pro Controller down to $59, a drop of $10 and the lowest price it's been for a while. The Pro Controller isn't the only handset that's been discounted, though. Want an extra pair of Joy-Cons instead? Walmart knocked ten bucks off the MSRP too and they're a much more palatable $69. So you can get set for multiplayer sessions on the cheap if you act fast. 

In the UK, it's a more modest discount down on the Pro controller from the standard £55, with 365games double-dipping the discounts down to £51.49. We saw it for a bit less at £49.99 elsewhere a few weeks ago, but this might be the best price you see in the UK for a while as the Pro controller rarely gets a decent deal there. The Joy-Cons are getting a much better deal today though and are £10 less than normal over at GameCollection.

Cheap Nintendo Switch controller sale 

USA deals

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller | $59 at Walmart

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller | $59 at Walmart
The official Nintendo Pro Controller is roundly praised for its design, comfort, and build-quality, so get it while it's cheap with this deal.

Nintendo Switch Joy-Con pair | $69 at Walmart

Nintendo Switch Joy-Con pair | $69 at Walmart
If you want to have a big multiplayer session on the likes of Mario Kart 8 or Splatoon this is the way to go. Grab this offer for $10 less than the usual price. The gray or pink/green pairs are available for similar prices today too.

UK deals


Nintendo Switch Pro Controller | £51.49 at 365games
Based in the UK? This offer on the Switch Pro Controller will save you a few quid on the overall price. It's not a big discount, but you might be waiting a while for something better, especially as stock is sometimes hard to find.

Nintendo Switch Joy-Con pair | £59.99 at GameCollection

Nintendo Switch Joy-Con pair | £59.99 at GameCollection
Yes, Nintendo actually set the price of a pair of Joy-Cons at £70. Ease the pain with a rare £10 discount today on the popular red/blue combo. There are a bunch of other colours available too at the same price.

More Nintendo Switch controller deals:
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A cheap Nintendo Switch controller sale like this is definitely worth taking note of. Joy-Cons are reduced to $69 fairly regularly, but the Pro alternative usually holds its value pretty stubbornly. And although it's arguably overpriced compared to the PlayStation DualShock 4 or Xbox One handset, it backs up that cost with premium build materials, excellent comfort over long play sessions, and satisfying controls that have clearly been fine-tuned to the nth degree by Nintendo. They're also the best choice when it comes to single-player games like The Witcher 3 or multiplayer fighters such as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. 

That's not to say you should ignore the Joy-Cons. They're perfect if you want to get as many people playing Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as possible, mostly because a pair of Joy-Cons can be split between two people. If that sounds more your speed, we'd definitely recommend picking up a pair - they're better value for money than buying individual units separately.

Either way, don't hang about - the Pro Controller isn't likely to stay at that lower price for too long.

For more offers, don't forget to check out the best Nintendo Switch accessories or our page on getting the best Nintendo Switch controller prices. 

Brendan Griffiths

Brendan is GamesRadar's former Managing Editor of the Hardware & eCommerce team. He also spent time as the Deals Editor at our sister site, TechRadar. He's obsessed with finding the best tech, games, gadgets, and hardware at the lowest price. He also spends way too much of his free time trying to decide what new things to watch on Netflix, then just rewatches It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia instead. Nowadays you'll find him as the eCommerce Content Director for Future's mobile tech sites, Android Central, iMore, and Windows Central.