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.


The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is an optional accessory for the Switch that replaces the Wii U Pro Controller and has a very similar layout. It acts as a more conventional controller, and an alternative from the Joy-Cons. It has the new layout of the Joy Cons, with the Button1 RS.png and Button1 A.pngButton1 B.pngButton1 X.pngButton1 Y.png positions swapped compared from the Wii U GamePad and Wii U Pro Controller, a proper Button1 DPad.png, NFC reader for Amiibo, motion controls and HD Rumble.


  • Motion controls: By tilting the controller up, down, left, and right, players are able to change their Inkling's view and aim.
  • Button1 LS.png and Button1 RS.png: The Button1 LS.png stick is used primarily to move the player's Inkling forward, backward, left, and right. The Button1 RS.png stick, on the other hand, is used for more precise aiming, and controls which direction the player looks. Clicking it in will activates the players Special Weapon. The Button1 RS.png stick is used a lot in menus.
  • Button1 ZL.png: The Button1 ZL.png button allows players to transform into squids. In this form, Inklings are able to move faster through their own ink and jump farther.
  • Button1 ZR.png: The Button1 ZR.png button allows players to splatter ink using a variety of weapons. In Inkopolis Plaza, this button is used to zoom in on specific landmarks.
  • Button1 R.png: The Button1 R.png button allows players to use a variety of sub weapons. These have various effects which range from allowing teammates to Super Jump to one's current location at any time, to a robot that tracks and tries to splat nearby opponents.
  • Button1 A.png: The Button1 A.png button is used in menus to select specific actions and options.
  • Button1 B.png: The Button1 B.png button causes the player's Inkling to jump button and is used in some menus to exit the current selection or action.
  • Button1 X.png: The Button1 X.png button is used to bring up the map.
  • Button1 Y.png: The Button1 Y.png button resets the camera angle, allowing for quick corrections. This feature is most commonly used alongside motion controls.
  • Button1 DPad.png: Up and down on the Button1 DPad.png is used for Signals. On the map screen, holding Button1 A.png while pressing Left, Right or Up on the Button1 DPad.png Super Jumps to a specific Player and Down super jumps to the Spawn Point.
  • NFC Pad: Used to read amiibo.

Splatoon 2 Edition

Nintendo Pro Controller Splatoon 2 Edition.jpg

During the ARMS Direct the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Splatoon 2 Edition was announced. Changes from the regular Pro Controller include recoloured grips (a neon green left handle and a neon pink right handle), similar to the Neon Green and Neon Pink Joy-Cons. It also gains Splatoon designs on the front and back plates, featuring many Splatoon brands and logos and splat patterns. It was released alongside Splatoon 2 on the the 21st of July 2017.