Why didn't anyone tell me how great the Nintendo Switch pro controller is? I mean, sure, the Internet at large has been going on about it for two years now and just about everyone I know with a Switch has suggested it, but how did nobody specifically tell me to buy one and then stick with that persuasiveness until I did so? Yes, after two years of plugging away at The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, I finally broke down and bought a pro controller. Co-op Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe made me do it. You see, my girlfriend gave me the game as a birthday present and at the first available opportunity we were all set to play some co-op mode which marked the first time we had tried to play anything together on the Switch. I slipped the joy-cons out of their controller shell and handed one off to her, and that was when we had our first inkling that, as adults, playing a platformer with a controller sized for small hands isn't exactly a fun time. Trying to play a game like Super Mario with a single joy-con (especially the right joy-con where the control stick is practically in the center of the controller) is like shaking hands with a cat. It's hard to get a satisfying grip and even if you do it right, it's not as much fun as it sounds. We needed a real second controller. I ordered the pro controller that evening.
We haven't had time to revisit Super Mario together yet, but I took the new controller for a test drive that began as "just one level" and turned into playing all the way through Frosted Glacier. The buttons are larger, the control pad is an actual pad, and the controller itself is more comfortable to hold than the joy-cons. I also received Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and started that game with the pro controller, so now I can't imagine playing it any other way particularly with that game's reflex requirements. The joy-cons have their place and they work decently enough for a single player, but I'm completely sold on the pro controller now. It's a must-own for anyone intending to do some serious gaming on the Switch.