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Monday, September 11, 2017

Will Developers Maintain Nintendo Switch Pro Controller Support?

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - It's how I want to play. Make sure the Pro Controller is compatible!

One of the biggest selling points of the Nintendo Switch is the ability to play the games when you want, where you want, and how you want. Here's how Nintendo words their marketing message on their site:
Nintendo Switch is designed to go wherever you do, transforming from home console to portable system in a snap. So you get more time to play the games you love, however you like.” 
I think I've just about reached the point where I have played 100 hours of Nintendo Switch gaming, with about half of it with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and the other half of Splatoon 2. The Nintendo Switch won't tell you EXACTLY since there is no true replacement for all of the functionality of the Activity Log, but... it's sort of close.

Almost all of those 100 hours, besides that brief period of time where I played the ARMS Global Testpunch with the Joy-Con (and it played terribly with the Joy-Con as well as my preferred controller), have been with the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller on the TV mode. Everything else (especially that plastic piece of shit Joy-Con Grip) doesn't feel all that right.

Nintendo Switch home page features online service games family fun accessories
I guess I should take comfort that the Pro Controller is the face of Online service (not that we know much about it yet).

The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is more than a mere accessory to the Nintendo Switch: Without games supporting it, then the Nintendo Switch would suddenly be at a big loss for good controller options. It's like the GameCube controller for the Wii.

In the spirit of playing the games I love however I like, I want to play every Nintendo Switch game I will ever own with the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. It IS a great controller, after all. I want the freedom. Will developers keep giving me it for all of the games this year? Next year? After that? ...How about after THAT? (The Switch WILL be supported for longer than the Wii U was, right?)

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The Nintendo Switch philosophy is totally opposite of Furosa's.
If I want to enjoy myself at the bar by drinking milk, then I should! I'll pay for it!

This better not be like the Wii Zapper or the Wii Balance Board where they're made out to be huge, game-changing “accessories” but they're only usable for a few games. I bought Wii Fit (and had an eating disorder amplified by Wii Fit that continues to this day) because I thought the Wii Balance Board would be used for a LOT more games. Nintendo implied it would at an E3! But no, it was pretty much just for other casual crap and a weird/bad control mode in Punch-Out!! Wii.

There is not any actual indication, from what I can tell, that developers would stop supporting the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. I just wanted to make a progressive precautionary tale. Use only an inch of prevention instead of an ounce of cure!

...That probably didn't come out right. What are you gonna do? Take my Nintendo Switch Pro Controller away? TAKE MY FREEDOM AWAY?

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Fortunately, I'm not black, so I don't have to worry about being locked up for bad reasons.
(But my Nintendo Switch Pro Controller IS black...)

I like the freedom to use the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller on any Nintendo Switch game! I like the freedom to completely botch idioms! I like the freedom of flight!

If you want a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller of your own, you can buy one for $70. After holding one for 100 hours, Ludwig endorses it as the best Nintendo Switch controlling solution, though the competition is weak.

There is new — or old, depending on how you view it — competition on the Nintendo Switch controller scene: the GameCube controller.
No, developers aren't maintaining total compatibility. Nintendo is leading the way in abandoning the Pro Controller.

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