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The best Nintendo Switch Pro Controller deals in December 2021

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It's not easy finding a cheap Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. The premium gamepad regularly sticks around the usual $69.99 / £59.99 price point and continues to sell well. Nintendo doesn't see much reason to discount it, then. However, we have seen deals more regularly over recent months so there are opportunities to save money and get a more traditional controller for your Switch.

We've seen the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller for as cheap as $59.99 in the US and £49.99 in the UK in previous sales, while in Australia you'll usually find it on offer for AU$89 - AU$98. While that doesn't sound like much, it's incredibly rare to find discounts on Nintendo peripherals. Considering Pro Controller sales haven't been too reliable over the past few years, a steady stream of discounts is much appreciated. 

In fact, in the UK, we haven't seen that £49.99 Pro Controller price jump back up for a few weeks now. That means you'll likely find a great discount right now, or if things are looking closer to that £59.99 RRP there's going to be a better deal in the Christmas sales.

Whatever happens, you'll want to stick right here as we bring you every cheap Nintendo Switch Pro Controller deal from around the world, as soon as they drop. You can also take a look at the cheap Pro Controller alternatives further down the page. With these, you'll sacrifice a few little-used features but save some serious cash if you're willing to shop third-party.

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller deals

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Is the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller worth it?

If you find yourself playing in docked mode for an extended period of time, the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is well worth it. In our review, we called it "a must-have" if you primarily use your Nintendo Switch at home - and it's great for tabletop mode too. It's certainly a premium addition to your Switch setup, but we’d say it’s an essential one. 

So why is the Pro Controller so expensive? The cross-platformers among you will have noticed that this price seems a tad higher than you'll find DualShock 4 deals or cheap Xbox One controllers. However, with all the rumble and motion technology inside these official controllers, costs add up and the ultimate result is well worth the cash if you're looking for a more conventional gaming experience when docked. 

If, however, you're just looking for a new controller to expand your multiplayer options, we'd suggest looking at an extra set of Joy-Con. Coming in at just $10 more, you get a new color set for your Switch, and two extra multiplayer options instead of one. You'll find the latest Nintendo Switch Joy-Con prices just below if this sounds like the better option. 

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Cheap Nintendo Switch Pro Controller alternatives

The official Nintendo Switch Pro Controller may be a little eye-watering for those of us used to the cost of PlayStation or Xbox. There are still options, however, if you're shopping a little cheaper. Power-A and PDP are well known for their cheap Switch Pro Controller alternatives. You sacrifice motion controls or seamless wireless pairing here, but the gamepads below offer a similar traditional controller feel without the hefty Nintendo price tag. 

How to find cheap Nintendo Switch Pro Controller deals

It's hard to find a cheap Nintendo Switch Pro Controller outside of seasonal shopping periods, but we do see $10 discounts throughout the year as well. Thanks to the Switch's enduring appeal, these controllers aren't losing their value any time soon. With the recent surges in demand, we don't expect any Switch Pro Controller deals to hit retailers any time soon. That said, the comparison charts above will always bring you the cheapest offers around, so keep an eye out for that $59.99 price point as it's likely the best you'll find right now. 

Can you use the Pro Controller with Nintendo Switch Lite?

You may be checking out the latest Nintendo Switch Lite bundles and wondering whether the Pro Controller will work with the handheld only console. We have some good news for you. Not only does the Pro Controller work with the Nintendo Switch Lite, but because the in-built Joy-Cons don't offer rumble functionality or motion controls in the handheld-only system, you're actually picking up a number of extra features when you pair a full gamepad to the system as well. That also means you'll be able to play games that weren't designed to be played in handheld mode as well.

James Pickard

James Pickard is a Deals Editor at TechRadar. After many years of scouring the net for the cheapest games and tech for his own personal use, he decided to make it his job to share those bargains with you. James also has over five years of experience covering some of the biggest sales events of the year at Eurogamer and VG247, including Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Amazon Prime Day. When not deals hunting, James can be found on the PS5, watching a classic film noir or cheering on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.