The Nintendo Switch’s main Joy-Con controllers are pretty robust, but some users would rather have a more ‘traditional’ experience. As a result, Nintendo released the Switch Pro Controller alongside the system to fill that roll. It sports all the features of the Joy-Cons, with the only difference being that it has a monster battery life and a more standard design. The problem is that it’s pretty pricey, coming in at about $70. If that price-tag is a bit too steep for you, then the upcoming budget option from HORI may pique your interest.

The HORIPAD for Switch offers the same button layout and similar shape as the original Pro Controller, but it removes all the fancy features like HD Rumble, NFC and Gyroscope, thus bringing the price down to only $30. It’s also a wired controller, unlike the Pro Controller which is wireless (but can be used wired if desired).

HORI shared a video on its official JP Twitter giving a close-up look at the new controller. Check it out:

The materials definitely look cheap, but not too bad. HORI is a reputable company, so it shouldn’t disintegrate as soon as you touch it. After all, Nintendo has licensed it.

As we noted in an earlier post from a few weeks ago, the HORI Pad is set to release sometime this month. Will you be picking this up?


A.K Rahming
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.


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