Figuring out the best Switch fight sticks will likely help up your skills in games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Mortal Kombat 11. Both are well-received fighting games that are still getting content. So what are the best arcade controllers to get for the Nintendo Switch?
Best Switch fight sticks for Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat 11, or Dragon Ball FighterZ
One of the best Switch fight sticks you can buy is the HORI Switch Fighting Stick Mini. It’s not prohibitively expensive and it’ll get you something. This one is officially licensed by Nintendo and looks relatively sturdy. It might be small for some people, but it should get the job done.
There’s even two different Street Fighter variations — one with Ken and Ryu and one with Chun Li and Cammy — in case you wanted a more Capcom-oriented stick. Just be warned that the Street Fighter sticks might cost more. These sticks might be best with games like Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat 11, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Skullgirls, and moer but might be overly complex for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It even works on PC, too.
- Buy the HORI Switch Fighting Stick Mini Officially Licensed By Nintendo
- Buy the HORI Nintendo Switch Fighting Stick Mini – Street Fighter II Edition (Chun-Li & Cammy)
- Buy the HORI Nintendo Switch Fighting Stick Mini – Street Fighter II Edition (Ryu & Ken)
There is also another stick that isn’t too expensive. The Mayflash F300 Arcade Fight Stick works on a whole host of systems (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, Switch, and NeoGeo mini) as well but may require controllers to plug the stick into.
There’s also an older version of the Mayflash if you want something slight cheaper.
Your other options are going to be a bit more pricy. The HORI Nintendo Switch Real Arcade Pro V Hayabusa Fight Stick is like a bigger version of the previous stick in most regards. It’s even got Street Fighter variants, too. All variations have low input lag and more precise buttons. It also works on PC.
- Buy the HORI Nintendo Switch Real Arcade Pro V Hayabusa Fight Stick
- Buy the HORI Nintendo Switch Real Arcade Pro – Street Fighter Edition
- Buy the HORI Nintendo Switch Real Arcade Pro – Street Fighter Edition (Chun-Li)
- Buy the HORI Nintendo Switch Real Arcade Pro – Street Fighter Edition (Ryu)
If you’re ready to spend some more money, the Dragon Slay Universal Arcade Fight Stick Controller might be the one you want. This one is probably the best overall quality, but it does come at a high price. It also works with the PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Android as well as Switch. You can customize it and it also has a storage compartment.
The Mayflash F500 Elite is also pretty good and works on a host of platforms too. This is for people who like the look and feel of the Mayflash sticks, but want a better one. However, it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing stick, especially compared to the Dragon Slay.
Keep in mind that you may need a USB C to A converter for some fight sticks. These are pretty cheap so double check what cables you need.
Best Switch fight sticks for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Switch fight sticks for Smash Ultimate are a little trickier to find since people generally don’t use sticks for that game. Regardless, while the above sticks will work, here are some pads that might be better suited for Nintendo’s all-star battle royale.
The official Pokken controller, HORI Nintendo Switch Pokken Tournament DX, is a good fighting game pad for those who want something more skewed to the genre without getting a stick. It’s a simple pad but is officially licensed by Nintendo.
And of course, there’s always the GameCube Switch controller, which is for hardcore fans.