Zelda-Themed Nintendo Switch Controller For Handheld Mode Gets Big Discount


Hori’s The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom-themed Split Pad Pro is on sale for $48 at Amazon. Normally $60, this special-edition iteration of Hori’s Joy-Con alternative with superior ergonomics is part of Amazon’s current slate of Lightning Deals. As such, quantities are very limited, so you shouldn’t wait long to snag one if interested.

Hori Split Pad Pro – Tears of the Kingdom edition

The Hori Split Pad Pro is GameSpot’s current pick for best Switch controller for handheld-focused players, and for good reason: it gives you a full-sized, ergonomic controller experience in handheld mode. The buttons, the sticks, triggers, and D-pad are all much larger on the Split Pad Pro than they are on the stock Joy-Cons. So considering how cramped the standard Joy-Cons are, especially if you’ve got big hands, the ergonomics of the Split Pad Pro are a big relief.

On top of that you’ve got two remappable buttons on the back, and a turbo function. It lacks vibration and NFC support for Amiibo, though, and you can only use it in handheld mode–they don’t work as motion controllers or as solo Joy-Con for multiplayer.

For $60, you get all that wrapped in Tears of the Kingdom’s key art, reminding you of how you spent many dozens of hours exploring every nook and cranny of that world. It’s got beauty and comfort–what else could you need?

With The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of Wisdom arriving in September, here’s your chance to play the next Zelda game with a very fitting controller. A new Zelda-themed Nintendo Switch Lite console will release alongside Echoes of Wisdom on September 26. So if you plan on getting that, you won’t have any use for the Split Pad Pro–unless you have a regular Switch or Switch OLED, too.

For more Zelda products, check out our roundup of 50-plus Zelda accessories and collectibles.