Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

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Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is a controller of the Nintendo Switch that can be used in Splatoon 2 and Splatoon 3.


The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is an optional accessory for the Switch that acts as a successor to the Wii U Pro Controller and has a very similar layout. It acts as a more conventional controller, and an alternative from the Joy-Con. It has a similar layout to a pair of Joy-Con, with the and positions swapped compared from the Wii U GamePad and Wii U Pro Controller, NFC reader for amiibo, motion controls, and HD Rumble. A notable difference between the layouts is that the Pro Controller has a proper , rather than the separated array of directional buttons the Joy-Con (L) has.


  • Motion controls: By tilting the controller up, down, left, and right, players are able to change their character's view and aim.
  • : Used primarily to move the player's Inkling or Octoling forward, backward, left, and right. Used to navigate menus.
  • : Used for more precise aiming and controls which direction the player looks. Clicking it in activates the players special weapon.
  • : Allows players to transform into swim form. In this form, Inklings and Octolings are able to move faster through their own ink and jump farther.
  • : Allows players to shoot ink using a variety of weapons. In hub areas, this button can be used to zoom in the camera.
  • : Allows players to use a variety of sub weapons.
  • : Used to throw clams that the player is holding while playing Clam Blitz. Also used to throw Golden Eggs in Salmon Run Next Wave.
  • : Used in menus to select specific actions and options, as well as to throw clams in Clam Blitz and throw Golden Eggs in Salmon Run Next Wave.
  • : Causes the player's Inkling or Octoling to jump and is used in some menus to exit the current selection or action.
  • : Used to bring up the map.
  • : Resets the camera angle, allowing for quick corrections. This feature is most commonly used alongside motion controls.
  • : Up and down are used for signals. On the map screen, holding while pressing left, right or up Super Jumps to a specific player and down Super Jumps to the spawn point. Can also be used to navigate menus.
  • NFC pad: Used to read amiibo.

Splatoon-themed versions

The Splatoon 2 Edition Pro Controller.
A unique version of the Splatoon 2 Edition Pro Controller given out as a prize to tournament winners.

During the ARMS Direct, the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Splatoon 2 Edition was announced. Changes from the regular Pro Controller include recolored grips (a Neon Green left handle and a Neon Pink right handle), similar to the Neon Green and Neon Pink Joy-Con. It also has Splatoon designs on the front and back plates, featuring many Splatoon brand logos and splat patterns. It was released alongside Splatoon 2 on 21 July 2017.

Unique versions of the Pro Controller were given as prizes to the winners of various official Splatoon 2 tournaments which had the same decorated face plate as the Splatoon 2 Edition, but with gold colored grips.

The controllers given to GG BoyZ, winners of the Splatoon Koshien 2018 tournament, have "SPLATOON KOSHIEN CHAMPION 2018.2.11" printed on the top of the controller in gold. The controllers given to Yeah Nah, winners of the 2018 AUNZ Splatoon 2 Cup, have "AUNZ SPLATOON 2 CUP CHAMPION 21.4.2018" printed on the top of the controller in gold, and came with a display case.[1] The controllers given to Alliance Rogue, winners of the Splatoon 2 European Championship 2018-2019 have "2018-2019 CHAMPION" plus the tournament logo.[2] It is unknown if there is anything printed on the top of the versions given to FTWin, winners of the Splatoon 2 North America Inkling Open 2019, but they came in a special box.[3] The same goes for the controllers given to Lime Soda, winners of the Splatoon 2 Australasian Open 2019, which came in the same display case as the 2018 winners' controllers.[4]

A Splatoon 3-themed Pro Controller.

Another new edition of the Pro Controller was released alongside Splatoon 3. This version had the grips recolored blue and yellow to match the signature colors of Splatoon 3, as well as new designs for the front and back plates.