I bought this controller Zelda Edition from a shop. However, I want to know if it is real or fake. I checked some videos, and the only and only difference was the black pattern was a bit light in mine.

I have attached some images. Please check and confirm.

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  • you should really add a picture of the box.
    – Ꮢedacted
    Commented May 24 at 16:27

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It's not totally clear from your photo, check if the the black pattern also looks like this:

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But considering the original box and the brand printed on the back that's a good one to me.


A trick to find out if it's an original controller is the NFC sensor, fake one usually don't have it. If you have an Amiibo and a compatible game that supports them just give it a try.
I bought an unoriginal Splatoon 3 pad and it doesn't read Amiibos.

The NFC reader is just under the right analog stick.

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    seeing your photo and @Asish 's photo id say its genuine
    – PianoCat98
    Commented May 24 at 23:13
  • It is not taking firmware update. The update is stuck at 0. Is it still a problem ?
    – Asish
    Commented May 25 at 7:20
  • @Asish have you tried this?
    – pinckerman
    Commented May 25 at 8:22
  • @pinckerman Yes, still not updating
    – Asish
    Commented May 26 at 4:36
  • @Asish what about NFC sensor?
    – pinckerman
    Commented May 26 at 9:11

My best guess would be a genuine controller, that has been given a custom paint job.

As far as I know the Switch does not allow un-vetted third parties controllers to connect, and it's a short leap to guess that a vetted third party controller would not try to look like and have the Nintendo logos plastered on it.

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    I could connect to Switch and play. A few friends said that the design pattern under the D pad could imply that it is fake. The while markers getting inserted. But, I guess weighing will be a better choice.
    – Asish
    Commented May 24 at 18:51
  • Fredy, I think you miss the point. There is an HUGE market of bootleg Switch controllers that work mostly fine (and the recent ones even support Amiibo). The "custom paint job" here is actually an official Zelda version of the pad sold by Nintendo itself. The issue is that the OP was fearing that they may have got a bootleg version. See here - this bootleg is even recognized as the Zelda model.
    – Ꮢedacted
    Commented May 27 at 9:47
  • @Ꮢedacted Hunh, TIL. Really tought nintendo had clamped down hard on 'unofficial' controllers. But I still think I'm right, the box in the video did not dare to plaster the Nintendo logos all over the box. And in the post's pictures, It seemed to come in a Nintendo logo and all box. Could it be faked too? sure.
    – Fredy31
    Commented May 27 at 13:57
  • @Fredy31 at the start of the video they briefly mention that and claim other bootleg have more accurate boxes. Also, I would not be surprised if someone was repackaging bootleg devices into original boxes (you could sell the original controller as "used" basically at the same price and scam someone with the copy, basically making you twice the money)
    – Ꮢedacted
    Commented May 27 at 14:06

I can't give you a clear cut answer, but I hope this may help you to pursue one.

Nowadays, bootleg Switch controller are becoming more and more accurate to the original appearance.

In this video, you can see someone unboxing a Zelda controller bootleg.

Zelda controller bootleg - box

In this case the box is a clear enough giveaway. Your box looks pretty accurate to the actual Nintendo official version, so this may be an hint that you go the real thing.

That said, the same video will also point out that there are other bootlegs that have a more accurate packaging so probably that alone isn't enough of a give away. And furthermore someone could have repackaged a bootleg in an official box (you packaging showed some tearing)

If years of fighting anime figure bootlegs taught me anything is that while some bootlegs will indeed try to replicate the actual packaging very few can say to have a similar product quality (there are a few cases of bootleg figures that are good enough to be worth owning but they are very few). You tried to compare the painting job, but that is probably the "easiest" way to emulate and the one they will spend most effort on given the fact that the controller is meant to look like the original (they want people who couldn't get the original to be fine enough with the copy or even to buy the copy thinking they got the original).

I therefore think that you should focus on the actual controller quality. Even recent bootleg usually have lower quality sticks - the reason being quite obvious: if the controller cost is too close to the original, then the bootleg is no longer "worth it" (while some bootleg are sold with the intent to scam people, most are actually disclosed as being replica and sold at lower prices to people who could not get the official version).

In the video you can see that the author does some testing using the Switch calibration utility.

testing the controller stick in the calibration screen

As you can see, the stick quality isn't that great. The pointer jumps around and the author isn't able to move the pad in a circle without it "jumping" and glitching around.

Try to do this: if the controller seems off, then it is probably a copy (maybe repackaged in an original box). If it seems to work normally, then you should be safe enough to assume this is an officially licensed product.

  • Can confirm this, my fake Splatoon pad has low quality analog sticks
    – pinckerman
    Commented May 27 at 17:45

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