Best third-party Joy-Cons for Nintendo Switch in 2023

Nintendo showcased their penchant for innovation with the Joy-Cons, but the controllers are not without their issues. They are more fragile than controllers of past consoles due to their many components and are also prone to the infamous "Joy-Con drift" phenomenon, where the controllers register input despite none being made.

Many Nintendo Switch owners have had to send their controllers in for repair, and Joy-Cons are quite expensive to replace. Fortunately, gamers have a wide variety of third-party knock-offs that boast many of the same features of Joy-Cons, but for a much lower price. If you're in need of an extra pair of controllers or want some Joy-Cons in new funky colors, look no further!

Our top picks for the best third-party Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons

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How to choose the best third-party Joy-Con for Nintendo Switch

The controller you use can really make a difference in your Nintendo Switch gaming experience. Some people prefer a more traditional controller and for that, there are many third-party options as well. However, others may want to stick with having the controllers the way the console intended. If the latter is you, choosing the best third-party Joy-Cons that fit what you need is largely about finding the one with the features important to your play style.

I found that the YCCTEAM Nintendo Switch Controller has the most features. The throwback GameCube design is an extra special treat. To get the official third-party option, the Hori Split Pad Pro doesn't function quite the same as the original Joy-Con controllers since they don't have internal batteries, but it is a high-quality pick that looks really nice on the Switch.

It's uncertain whether these controllers will function with whatever new console Nintendo has planned, but in the meantime, it's a great alternative to official options in the event that you're experiencing Joy-Con drift.

If you're looking to get a little bit of a different grip, the M of the ALIENGT Joypad Controller offers a unique feel with fun color options. Many options are available for you; whichever you choose is in your hands!

Rebecca Spear
Gaming Editor

Gaming aficionado Rebecca Spear is iMore's dedicated gaming editor with a focus on Nintendo Switch and iOS gaming. You’ll never catch her without her Switch or her iPad Air handy. If you’ve got a question about Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, or just about any other Nintendo series check out her guides to help you out. Rebecca has written thousands of articles in the last six years including hundreds of extensive gaming guides, previews, and reviews for both Switch and Apple Arcade. She also loves checking out new gaming accessories like iPhone controllers and has her ear to the ground when it comes to covering the next big trend. 

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