PowerA Animal Crossing: Nook Inc. Enhanced Wireless Controller for Nintendo Switch Review

PowerA Animal Crossing: Nook Inc. Enhanced Wireless Controller for Nintendo Switch

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9.0/10

Play your favourite Nintendo Switch games like a pro with the PowerA Animal Crossing: Nook Inc. Enhanced Wireless Controller for Nintendo Switch. Built for comfort during extended gaming sessions, this Bluetooth wireless controller features motion controls, mappable Advanced Gaming Buttons, and a standard ergonomic layout. Enjoy up to 30 hours of gameplay from the internal rechargeable battery.

I couldn’t find a hint of the finish wearing. Which so often happens with patterns on handheld devices. Also, the texture is a smooth matte that gives you a good, grippy feel. All this without being uncomfortable, which works well with the lightweight design. There’s no rumble, which can be a little off-putting at first. But the comfort of hours of play due to the light-as-air feel is worth it.

PowerA Animal Crossing: Nook Inc. Enhanced Wireless Controller for Nintendo Switch Review

PowerA Animal Crossing: Nook Inc. Enhanced Wireless Controller for Nintendo Switch Key Features:

  • Wireless freedom using Bluetooth 5.0
  •  Features motion controls and mappable Advanced Gaming Buttons
  •  Ergonomic design with standard button layout*
  •  LEDs for player number, button mapping, and low battery warning
  •  Internal rechargeable battery for up to 30 hours of gameplay**
  •  Officially licensed from Nintendo
  •  Two-year limited warranty

For me, there wasn’t much to complain about with the PowerA controllers. They are responsive, the button placement is comfortable and you’re not paying Nintendo Pro Controller levels of money. The fact they run off 2 AA batteries – giving about 30 hours of playtime before needing a change. Isn’t ideal, and it would’ve been nice to see a rechargeable battery. But it’s nothing that can’t be worked around.

The controller does work with motion control, which is a huge bonus if that’s the way you like to play, and that’s a point in its favour over other third-party controller options. Best of all, though, are the programmable buttons on the reverse, which for me sit very comfortably under my ring fingers and respond perfectly. It’s easy to get them set up and the controller will remember what you’ve set them for between uses.

The looks are good, the functionality is good – and the comfort is good. I’m not going to praise this as the best controller I’ve ever used. The D-Pad feels a little plasticky, and there is virtually no weight to the PowerA controllers, which is pretty great for long hours of play but not so good in games that give lots of feedback through the rumble – playing Mario Kart 8 seems harder versus the Nintendo branded controllers. 

The buttons are in pretty comfortable positions, and the controller sits naturally in the hand with fingers resting as you’d expect for playing your Switch games.

Overall, the PowerA Animal Crossing: Nook Inc. Enhanced Wireless Controller for Nintendo Switch might well be what you’re looking for if you’re after a programmable, lightweight and good-looking Switch controller – especially at a price point that beats the Nintendo Pro Controller hands-down. 

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