PDP Realmz Wireless Nintendo Switch Controller Review

The Latest in Switch Controllers: PDP Realmz Collection

The concept of collectible controllers is nothing new, with special edition colors and themed controllers hitting the market regularly. However, PDP has taken it a step further with its new Realmz line of Switch controllers. These controllers feature an actual figurine from the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise embedded inside, along with a transparent, multi-layered design that adds a unique sense of depth and immersion. While visually stunning, the controller may not offer much beyond being a collectible item for display.

PDP Realmz Wireless Controller – Design and Features

The PDP Realmz wireless controller for Nintendo Switch strikes a perfect balance between functionality and collectible appeal. Each controller boasts intricate designs featuring characters and locations from the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, making them a must-have for Sonic fans. The controllers also feature color-matched face buttons and thumbsticks to complete the thematic look.

The controllers have a transparent shell with a multi-layered design showcasing various levels from the Sonic franchise. This design allows players to appreciate the fine details and three-dimensional effects created by the different layers. The PDP Realmz controllers are available in wired and wireless variants, with designs highlighting Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and even a Pikmin-themed option for fans of that franchise.

One of the standout features of the controllers is the customizable lighting modes, allowing players to switch between different lighting effects to suit their preferences.

PDP Realmz Wireless Controller – Performance

Upon testing the Sonic/Green Hill Zone-themed controller, the thematic design was impressive. The controller’s lightweight build, at 160 grams, lends itself to extended gaming sessions, although it may feel too light for some users. The controller’s buttons, including the D-pad, offer a satisfying tactile response, reminiscent of classic Nintendo controllers. However, the thumbsticks, made of lightweight plastic, lack grip and may not hold up well over time, particularly with heavy use.

The lack of rumble motors and motion controls may be a drawback for some players, as these features add to the immersive experience in many games. Additionally, the digital triggers offer limited control compared to analog triggers, which may impact gameplay, especially in racing games.

PDP Realmz Wireless Controller – Pricing and Availability

The PDP Realmz Wireless controller is priced at $59.99 and can be purchased from retailers like Amazon, Target, and PDP.