Play Nintendo Switch in Style With PowerAs Enhanced Wireless Controllers

first_img As far as I’m concerned, the best way to play the Nintendo Switch is with the Pro controller. I’m sorry, but the Joy-Cons simply don’t do it for me. The Pro controller is so good I would actually go as far as saying it’s the best current-gen controller available on the market. Not only does it feel good to use, but it has a battery life that puts others to shame. I absolutely love it. Because of this, I’m happy that PowerA sent me some of its new Enhanced Wireless Controllers for Nintendo Switch to try out. While not nearly as great as a proper Switch Pro controller, PowerA’s peripheral comes with features Switch owners will appreciate.Visually, the Enhanced Wireless Controller (EWC) is identical to the Switch Pro controller. It has the same button layout and overall design. The differences start when you actually pick up the device. Because it has no internal battery or rumble feature, the EWC is noticeably lighter than the Pro. The analog sticks are more concave than the Pro and it takes less effort to input commands on the d-pad. The front shoulder buttons (bumpers) are virtually the same, but the triggers have more of a triangle shape. Besides the weight factor, this is nearly indistinguishable from the Pro controller.Because there is no internal rechargeable battery, you’ll need to use two AA batteries to power the EWC. Sadly, you cannot plug a wire into the controller. This is a bummer considering how a wired option would have been perfect for those who do not want to constantly keep buying batteries. Thankfully, you do get around 30 hours of playtime before you need new batteries. Still, this is my least favorite aspect about the controller. It makes me think about all the batteries I went through playing on my old-school Gameboy. That was fine for the early 90s, but not for 2018.The big feature of the EWC is the Advanced Gaming Buttons. Much like the SCUF Vantage controller, this device has buttons on the back which you can program to act as other buttons. Assigning these buttons is an easy process. You simply hold down the program button on the back center of the controller, select the button you wish to use, then assign it to one either the right or left Advanced Gaming Button. This is a welcome addition that gives players (especially those who may have disabilities) a bit more flexibility with button remapping.Since the EWC is bluetooth only, you must pair it with your Switch. You’ll need to go into controller settings and enter “Change Grip Order” to start the process. After holding the sync button on the controller for one to two seconds, it should register to your Switch. After pairing, your Switch will always remember the EWC. I’ve had some minor issues pairing third party controllers to Switch in the past so I’m glad this process was painless.To test the controller, I played Sonic Mania, Super Mario Odyssey, and Ultra Street Fighter II. Playing Super Mario Odyssey with the EWC was basically the same as playing with the regular Pro controller. Besides the notable absence of rumble, everything felt the way it should. If you’re going to play titles like Super Mario Odyssey, Breath of the Wild, or any other major Nintendo first party titles, you’ll feel at home with the EWC.Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for the other two aforementioned games. The main issue with playing Sonic Mania and Ultra Street Fighter II came with the d-pad. Because it’s thinner, it’s trickier to use. I had to resort to playing these two classics with the right analog stick, which just felt wrong. Analog sticks are great, but they aren’t well-suited for older games. They lack the precision necessary. Sadly, I would not recommend playing older titles with this controller because of the d-pad.The Enhanced Wireless Controller comes in six different styles and colors. Three come in black, white, and red. The other three have more interesting (i.e. fun) decals on their respective faceplates. They are themed after The Legend of Zelda and the original Super Mario Bros. The other is red with a black silhouette of Mario. I personally like the Zelda one with its gold d-pad and green faceplate featuring Link riding Epona. While this particular controller is my favorite, they’re all great stylistically.PowerA did an overall admirable job with the Enhanced Wireless Controller. Though I’m not a fan of the d-pad, the lack of rumble, and how it requires AA batteries, I feel it is worthwhile for those looking for a slick looking Switch Pro controller. At $49.99, they’re also cheaper than the Pro controller (which still retails for roughly $60). It’s a viable option for those who want get away from the Joy-Cons but who can’t afford the admittedly pricey Pro controller. The Advanced Gaming Buttons alone make PowerA’s device worth the price. While I still personally prefer the standard Pro controller, the PowerA controller is a fantastic officially licensed third party peripheral.More on‘Spider-Man: The Heist’ DLC is a Fancy Feast8BitDo’s New SN30 and SN30 Pro Controllers Pay Homage to the Gameboy PocketDragons Make ‘Game of Thrones: Conquest’ a Real Scorcher Stay on target ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President last_img

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