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    PowerA has created a number of Switch controllers, a few of which we've reviewed on GBAtemp. This time, we have a PowerA Enhanced Wireless Controller, with a brand new design featuring Princess Zelda from Breath of the Wild. It's shaped more like an Xbox One controller than a Switch controller, but can it do an effective job at replacing a first-party offering?

    :arrow: PowerA Enhanced Wireless Controller for Nintendo Switch: Official GBAtemp Review
     
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  3. Satellizer

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    But is it any good? My wired power-a controller is garbage
     
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    Might add this one to my collection of pro controllers as well. Not a fan of princess Zelda but i really like the design of this one
    Much better than the big and bulky switch gamecube battle pads made by hori
     
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    I've heard a lot of people complain about PowerA controllers, but I've never had any issues myself, even with my wired controllers (except for the fact they're MicroUSB...).

    I think it's fine, myself, but I still prefer my Pro Controller.
     
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    My powerA controller works, it just is loud and feels like cheap crap. Reminds me of the madcats controller i had on the gamecube back in the day
     
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    Memoir Hi, I'm Cynical!
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    My brother has one of these wireless ones, and it's fairly decent for a cheaper "pro" controller. I have one of their themed wired ones and agree it feels entirely cheap.
     
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    just get the pro controller you'll thank me later
     
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    Yesterday i played Cuphead on switch using dualshock 3!

    when u can use ur ps3/4 controller with magic NS, Who needs third party unlicensed controller??
     
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    This is licensed.
     
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    Have you managed to turn on the switch with this controller? I have it paired but it doesnt work, I have to manually turn on the switch and then press home button in controller
     
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    Yeah, that worked just fine for me. Weird.
     
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    I will pair it again or something...Thank you
     
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    I wasn't actually expecting it to work, since someone in the thread I made for the announcement of this controller mentioned that third-party controllers don't seem to be able to wake the system.
     
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    I will say that it doesn't always wake the first time I press home. Often I'll need to press a second time. It does work though, and yes this is a feature most unlicensed wireless controllers lack. None of 8bitdo's can do this for example.
     
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    I have to do that with my Pro-Controller too, though.
     
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    i dont get it, they're so expensive.
    for just a little more, you can just get a real pro controller.
    only way i'd see these as an actual alternative would be at half price
     
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    I got rid of all my Power A controllers. They all had faulty left sticks. Between that and Power A's inability to reply to my messages in a timely fashion I just gave up on them. It's a shame because they make beautiful controllers but beautiful controllers that don't work are just pretty paperweights.
     
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    Pro controller is not worth the price until they fix the "dpad" its horrible as of now.

    I have the BOTW themed PowerA controller and it was good, besides feeling cheap, but for some reason now I cant get my Switch to detect it anymore....
     
  20. Memoir

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    None of the pro controllers I've owned has a bad dpad .. A lot of these videos that allegedly show the issue also show the person tapping the corner ..
     
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    The dpad on mine is the same as the 4 buttons on the left joycon....I can push down the entire dpad....its just a "dpad" placed on top of 4 buttons, nothing like past Nintendo controllers.
     
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