Fake/knock-off versions of products aren’t really much of a surprise. If there’s a popular product out there, you’re bound to find fake versions of it. Usually, these fakes are easy to spot. The problem comes in when the fakes look very close to the genuine products. That’s exactly the case here with the fake Switch Pro Controller.
Fake versions of the Switch Pro Controller have entered the market. The image above shows the difference between the two, and as you can see, the fake looks surprisingly close to the original version. Of course, there are some differences, but they’re not very easy to spot at first glance. YouTube channel LootPots recently published a very interesting video which takes a careful look at the two controllers and the various little differences between the two are highlighted. Here are a few of the findings.
The main difference is that there’s no “Nintendo Switch” logo branding on the face of the fake Switch Pro controller. The plus and minus buttons are also a little different, but this is harder to spot. Flipping the controllers over on their back reveal that the real version has the “Nintendo” logo embossed on the battery cover, while the fake version does not. The problem is that both the face and back covers can be swapped out since the fake controller uses the same molding as the original. The thumbsticks are also different between the two controllers. One key difference between the two controllers, the one that’s the easiest to identify which one is real and which is fake, is the battery itself. The real battery has the “Nintendo” logo branded on it along with multilingual text on both the front and back of the pack. The battery in the fake controller lacks the Nintendo branding and only has English text, but the voltage and capacity is the same as the original. One last difference is that the fake controller lacks the HD Rumble functionality.
You’re not going to run into any of the fake controllers if you’re purchasing from a regular big-name retail store (i.e. Walmart, Target, GameStop, Best Buy, etc.) These fake controllers are present on online marketplaces like eBay and Amazon, so this is where you’ll need to put your guard up. If you choose to shop for a Switch Pro Controller on these sites, make sure you take a look at where the listing is coming from. For example, Nintendo has an official Amazon page. Of course, this also includes a listing for genuine Nintendo Switch Pro Controllers (which has been slightly discounted, by the way). If you’re buying from a third-party seller, check their seller history to make sure they’re legit. Don’t buy from sources with low ratings.
It only took me a few seconds to come across a listing on eBay for a fake Switch Pro Controller. It’s only going for $23.92 USD, and 30 units have been sold according to the current count on the page. It’s kind of a dead giveaway that this is a fake due to the listing being titled “Bluetooth Wireless Pro Controller Gamepad”, but it looks like a few folks ended up grabbing one anyway. Definitely avoid these at all costs as they’re bound to fall apart.