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PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:22 am 
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The Pro Controller D-pad for Nintendo Switch has gotten a lot of criticism, and I haven't really understood why until more recently.
I always thought it was perfectly fine and I played both several 2D arcade games and Famicom games on the Switch without any trouble. Then when I tried my friend's Pro Controller playing some 2D game I noticed it was absolutely horrible, I kept pushing diagonals by accident making the d-pad almost useless. Later I played with my Pro Controller again and it was still perfectly fine. Apparently there are different versions of the Pro Controller. Hopefully Nintendo have fixed the problem on newer controllers. I bought mine in Japan sometime in December of 2017 and my friend brought his sometime in November 2017.

Has anyone else experienced this? Anyone knows if Nintendo fixed the d-pad on newer controllers?



I have to say another thing regarding my Pro Controller though.
Although my controller is much better than the faulty Pro Controller, and plays fine in most 2D games, there still seems to be some problems with it. It's noticeable when you play the free online game Tetris 99. In this game, pressing up will do a "hard drop" (instantly dropping a tetrimino) and when you are in a pressed situation it's easy to accidentality press up when you mean to press left or right. My friend's controller is absolutely useless in Tetris 99 as you do hard drops by accident all the time, but even my improved version is pretty bad. The accidents doesn't happen too often on mine, only when you are in a pressed situation, but the fact that they happen at all is catastrophical in Tetris.

So for games like Tetris 99, the Joy-Con with their separate G&W-style D-buttons are a much better choice since they never make you make any accidental presses.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2019 7:33 am 
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I have a Pro controller from launch day (March 2017) and a Smash Bros. Ultimate pro controller from November 2018.

I do find myself hard-dropping a little less with the Smash Ultimate controller, but it still does so an infuriating amount.


I have two recommendations:

1) Try the tape fix. There are a couple ways to apply the tape:

a. Open up your controller and tape the d-pad's contact pads halfway to make the d-pad less sensitive. Here are details on it:
i. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kaw_CMd8eM4
ii. https://kotaku.com/how-to-fix-your-swit ... 1827325012

b. Instead of taping the controller's contacts, put several layers of tape in the center between the contacts, which will raise the d-pad a little bit when it's fully depressed.
https://www.reddit.com/r/NintendoSwitch ... _dpad_fix/

c. A combination of both methods — tape the contacts AND in between the contacts.

Note that I've not tried any of these, but I've heard numerous people say great things about each one.


2) Try a 3rd party controller. The one I have and recommend is the HORI Pokkén controller for Wii U, which I bought on sale for $10 at GameStop. It has less buttons (since it's made for Pokkén) and it is wired, but it feels great and has an amazing d-pad.

There exist other 3rd party controllers as well, many of which are wired, though they won't have features like the HD Rumble and such.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:20 pm 
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Thanks for your tips. Many people seem to agree that Nintendo did try to improve the controller since launch, but the problem is still not entirely gone.

I wonder how long the tape fix would last though. Maybe the tape may wear down after some time.


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