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The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is a
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manufactured and released by
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for use with the
Nintendo Switch The is a hybrid video game console developed by Nintendo and released worldwide in most regions on March 3, 2017. The console itself is a Tablet computer#Gaming tablet, tablet that can either be docking station, docked for use as a home video ...
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. It is an alternative controller to the Joy-Con.


Design and features

The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller incorporates a button layout similar to that of the
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's Classic Controller Pro, but utilizes a staggered analog stick layout employed by the
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and Microsoft's family of
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consoles, with its overall design being highly similar to that of the Xbox Wireless Controller. Up to eight Pro Controllers can be synced to the Nintendo Switch. Additionally, the Pro Controller can also be paired with or connected to a PC for use with PC games, such as those on
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which added support for the Pro Controller through a beta client update on May 9, 2018. The Pro Controller also supports
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for use with Nintendo's
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line as well as HD Rumble and motion controls. The controller takes approximately 6 hours to fully charge. When fully charged, the battery duration for the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller can last approximately 40 hours. The controller also features a USB-C connector, as well as coming with a USB-C to Type-A charging cord, which can be connected to the USB-A 2.0 ports on the Switch dock. Official Nintendo Switch Pro Controller support was added to iPhones and
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s as part of its
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update.


History

The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller was unveiled along with the Nintendo Switch on October 20, 2016, and was released on March 3, 2017.


Special editions

The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is available in black, and also in the following special editions: *''
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'' edition: green handle (left), pink handle (right) with an ink splat design *''
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'' edition: pink handles with a Pyra-inspired design *'' Super Smash Bros. Ultimate'' edition: white handles with a white '' Super Smash Bros.'' logo design *'' Monster Hunter Rise'' edition: black with a gold Magnamalo design *''Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak'' edition: black with a silver Malzeno design *''
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'' edition: blue handle (left), neon yellow handle (right) with an ink splat design A special ''Splatoon 2'' edition Pro Controller with golden handles was awarded to the winning team of the PAX East 2019 Inkling Open. A special Pro Controller imprinted with the ''Super Smash Bros.'' logo was awarded to the winners of the ''Super Smash Bros.'' tournament at PAX East 2019, as well as to Shuto Moriya, the winner of the ''Super Smash Bros. Ultimate'' tournament at EVO Japan 2020.


Secret message

On the controller's
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, if a player holds down on the right stick and looks closely into the transparent plastic surrounding its socket while shining a light on it, there is a hidden message that reads "THX2ALLGAMEFANS!". The message was discovered by Japanese Twitter user Geo Stream on March 4, 2017, one day after the Switch's launch.


See also

* Wii U Pro Controller *
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References

{{Nintendo hardware Nintendo controllers Nintendo Switch