When Nintendo reintroduced us to the Switch last January during its special presentation, one of the details that were mentioned to describe the system was that it carries DNA from all past Nintendo consoles. That sounds pretty philosophical, but I think the Switch pretty much stands as its own thing, minus the fact that its concept is essentially an improved version of what the Wii U sought to do. But, there is one company who appears to have really believed in that aforementioned statement, and they’ve created a new controller for the system which really does carry DNA from almost all of Nintendo’s past consoles: meet the 5-in-1 Switch Pad from Emio.
This weird contraption is moddable as it allows users to swap out five different button layouts. These layouts are all based on the controllers from past systems: NES, SNES, N64, and the GameCube, in addition to the modern layout from the Wii/Wii U/Switch Pro Controllers. At first glance, this looks quite strange, but I can see it coming in handy for the Virtual Console titles. As of now, the Switch VC has yet to happen yet, but it looks like Emio is already ahead of the curve with getting players prepared.
Now, my only problem with this controller is that the product images are clearly just photo renders and not actual shots of the controller. I, for one, would really like to see what this thing looks like exactly before deciding to purchase. It’s currently out-of-stock on Walmart right now, so you might have to wait a bit if you are interested in picking one up for yourself. If you do happen to live in Singapore, though, it looks like you can order it from GamesHome.
Reddit user ‘pikmin128’ made a post about this controller saying that they managed to get one from Fry’s Electronics in California. According to them, the build quality is passable, but nothing amazing. This user also mentioned that the detachable layouts don’t seem to be that great since the buttons are too small in their opinion, and the analog sticks “felt just meh”. If you still want to give it a try for yourself, it’s $60—cheaper than the official Switch Pro Controller, but still more than the other third-party controllers that are currently available.
If you’re interested, here’s a quick description and a feature list:
The Nintendo Switch Gaming Pad allows for a customized game experience with interchangeable button pads and faceplates. Easily switch your configuration between Nintendo’s most popular console/controllers. The 5 button pads include layouts for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Gamecube, and the Switch. The multiple configurations for this gamepad will help you connect to new and retro consoles and eliminate button confusion while gaming in style. The faceplates are interchangeable as well while it acts as a cover to keep the button pad in place. The gamepad itself is rubber coated with an appropriate textured grip to make sure your hands never slip off. The built-in battery is rechargeable and comes with a USB-C cable to charge or connect to the Switch console. The gamepad is also wireless so you can game from any part of the room.
- 5 controllers layouts in 1 unique interchangeable design
- Easy to use and change configurations
- Wireless freedom to game from anywhere in the room
- Interchangeable button pad for NES/SNES/N64/Gamecube/Switch layouts
- Rechargeable battery included
- USB-C compatible