Normally, I would never entertain the idea of a third-party controller. Over the past 20 years, I have matured past being handed the Mad Catz special. Even more so, I have matured past the idea of handing something like that to a guest. Now my reluctance when it comes to third-party controllers has changed all thanks to NYXI. Their new NYXI Wizard Nintendo Switch controller is amazing.
This take on the classic GameCube Wavebird controller has a look and feel that surpasses the Joy-Con in every way. The quality of the hardware is tangible and you feel it as soon as you put it in your hands. Ergonomically, it feels better than the Switch Pro controller, as well as the GameCube’s Wavebird. Plus, now you no longer have to worry about stick drift.
What’s In The NYXI Wizard Box?
The NYXI Wizard has six extra buttons, three on each side. There are back buttons, settings buttons, and “turbo buttons.” Each button is re-programable to whichever Switch button you would like to replace.
In the package, you will find replacement joystick rings, a nine-page manual, and a USB-C charging cable. Although both controllers can be charged when they are plugged into the Switch console. Having the ability to charge through the console, along with the controller’s ability to last longer than the console gives the NYXI Wizard what seems like a never-ending battery life.
I do have two complaints about the NYXI Wizard. Firstly, it is too big to fit into just about any Nintendo Switch travel case with the controllers attached. Secondly, when playing with the controllers attached to the Switch the joysticks feel just slightly too high. Although when held docked, with both controllers attached, it feels fine.
At $79.99, the same price as a Nintendo OEM Joy-Con set, the NYXI Wizard is a tremendous value. This is far and away the best controller you can buy for the Nintendo Switch. If you are looking for a classic GameCube feel for Metroid Prime Remaster, or just want to get ready for The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom, this is not just a good option, it is the option.
- Larger, more ergonomic feel for adults.
- Extra buttons that can be re-mapped.
- No stick drift.
- Cost prohibitive over another pair of Joy-Con.
- Does not fit in most Nintendo Switch travel cases.
- The sticks are slightly too high in handheld mode.