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These Pikachu, Mario, and Link Gamecube-style Switch controllers are adorable

Nothing's more popular right now than Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Switch, so it's the perfect time for PDP to launch a line of wired fight pads styled after some of Nintendo's most recognizable characters. These themed Pro Controllers come in Pikachu (opens in new tab), Mario (opens in new tab), and Link (opens in new tab) flavors (all $24.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)), each colored appropriately and with a big centered logo calling out each franchise: Pikachu himself, Link's shield, and Mario's iconic M. And these aren't just hollow plastic cash-ins on a big moment - I got to play with the Mario version and the controller feels sturdy and handles really well, recalling the Gamecube without some of the Gamecube's more annoying 'nuances.' 

By default the controllers are configured with the Gamecube's classic yellow c-stick, but if that irritates your sensibilities you can pluck it off and replace with the included, proper second analog stick. The buttons feel nice and responsive and the grips fit comfortably into your hands, just the thing for Smashing long into the night. 

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PDP Nintendo Switch Pikachu Wired Fight Pad Pro for $24.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
The perfect Super Smash Bros. Ultimate controller for the Pokemon fan in your life

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PDP Nintendo Switch Mario Wired Fight Pad Pro for $24.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
The Gamecube-styled fight pad/Pro Controller in the distinctive red Mario livery

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PDP Nintendo Switch Link Wired Fight Pad Pro for $24.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Dive into Smash or explore the fields of Hyrule in style with this baby blue Link Switch controller

If you're not picking one up for yourself, these would also make a really fantastic gift for anyone in your life that loves Nintendo stuff, Smash, or really anyone who owns a Switch. Unlike some fight pads, these are fully featured Pro Controllers, so they'll work just as well in any other Switch title. 

If you're need more hot extras, take a look at our round-up of the best Nintendo Switch Accessories (opens in new tab), or if you haven't grabbed a console itself yet, look through our best Nintendo Switch bundles (opens in new tab) for the best prices.

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Alan Bradley was once a Hardware Writer for GamesRadar and PC Gamer, specialising in PC hardware. But, Alan is now a freelance journalist. He has bylines at Rolling Stone, Gamasutra, Variety, and more.