Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
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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-Con. It has the new layout of the Joy Cons, with the and positions swapped compared from the Wii U GamePad and Wii U Pro Controller, a proper , 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 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 a squid or octopus. 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 Inkopolis Square, this button is used to zoom in on specific landmarks.
- : 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.
- : 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 and is also used 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
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 gains 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 with the same decorated face plate as the Splatoon 2 Edition, but have gold colored grips.
The controllers given to GG BoyZ, winners of the Splatoon 2 Koshien Tournament 2018 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. The controllers given to Alliance Rogue, winners of the Splatoon 2 European Championship 2018-2019 have "2018-2019 CHAMPION" plus the tournament logo. 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. 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.
The controls as shown in the tutorial.
- Nintendo of Australia on Twitter: "Custom-made Splatoon 2 Cup Pro Controller trophies will be awarded to today’s champions!..."
- Nintendo of France on Twitter: "Le live du #Splatoon2 European Championship 2019 continue ! ..."
- PAX East Smash and Splatoon winners announced, special Pro Controllers given as prizes
- Nintendo of Australia: Australasian Open Grand Finals 2019