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How many different controllers can be connected to the Nintendo Switch console?

Up to eight wireless controllers can be connected to the console. However, the maximum number of controllers that can be connected will vary depending on the type of controllers and features that are used. For example:

  • The right and left Joy-Con each connect as individual controllers to the console, so if you connect both of them wirelessly then it counts as 2 controllers.

    Example: Four people can play, each person using one left Joy-Con and one right Joy-Con controller.

  • Even if the Joy-Con controllers are attached to the Joy-Con grip, it counts as 2 controllers that are connected.

    Example: Four people can play, each using the Joy-Con controllers attached to the Joy-Con grip.

  • When the Joy-Con controllers are attached to the console, they do not count against the number of controllers that can be connected.
  • The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller is always counted as 1 controller.

    Example: Eight people can play, each using a Pro Controller.

Important:

On top of the limit of connected controllers by type, the number of connected controllers is also determined by the features being used on the controllers, and whether local communication is being used.
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