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: Used primarily to move the player's Inkling or Octoling forward, backward, left, and right.
  • Button1 RS.png: 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: Allows players to transform into squids or Octopuses. In this form, Inklings are able to move faster through their own ink and jump farther.
  • Button1 ZR.png: 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: 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 L.png: Used to throw clams that the player is holding while playing Clam Blitz.
  • Button1 A.png: Used in menus to select specific actions and options and is also used to throw clams in Clam Blitz.
  • Button1 B.png: Causes the player's Inkling or Octoling to jump button and is used in some menus to exit the current selection or action.
  • Button1 X.png: Used to bring up the map.
  • Button1 Y.png: 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 themed versions

Nintendo Pro Controller Splatoon 2 Edition.jpg
European Championship 2018-2019 Pro Controller.jpeg

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 brand logos and splat patterns. It was released alongside Splatoon 2 on the 21st of July 2017.

At the 2018 AUNZ Splatoon 2 Cup, each member of the winning team Yeah Nah won an exclusive version of the Switch Pro Controller. It has the same decorated face plate as the Splatoon 2 Edition, but has gold colored grips and "AUNZ SPLATOON2 CUP CHAMPION 21.4.2018" printed on the top in gold.[1] Similar versions were also given out to Alliance Rogue, winner of the Splatoon 2 European Championship 2018-2019, the only difference being "2018-2019 CHAMPION" plus the tournament logo being printed instead.[2]