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Mario vs Donkey Kong Controller Tips for Joy-Con and Switch Pro

by Troy Gloski 21 Feb 2024


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Mario vs Donkey Kong on the Nintendo Switch is a delightful blend of classic platforming action and clever puzzle-solving. As players navigate through increasingly challenging levels, having the right controller settings and utilizing effective tips can significantly enhance their gameplay experience. In this guide, we'll explore the best controller upgrades for Switch Pro and Joy-Con and offer valuable tips to help you conquer the game. 


Dust off those Joy-Cons and Switch Pro controllers because we have the perfect controller upgrades to maximize grip and comfort during those long play sessions, while you brighten up your Switch set up with some cool new colors. KontrolFreek No-Slip Thumb Grips are available for Switch Pro and Joy-Con! 

KontrolFreek No-Slip Thumb Grips for Switch Pro controllers come in an 8-pack of extra-grippy thumb grips for only $12.99! These Thumb Grips are super easy to apply to your controller. Just flip the Thumb Grip inside out, place it on the thumbstick with the opening facing up so you can see the logo in the hole, then flip the edges of the Thumb Grip securely around the corners of the joystick. These grips provide all the top-of-the-line grip and control you expect from KontrolFreek, but without the added height that you normally experience with Performance Thumbsticks. If you have larger hands or you are looking for some extra height on your Switch Pro Thumbsticks, check out our Performance Thumbsticks for Switch Pro. 

KontrolFreek No-Slip Thumb Grips for Joy-Con come in a separate 8-pack with fun colors to mix and match with! Those Joy-Con thumbsticks aren’t the grippiest to start off with, and they can wear down over time. Don’t buy another pair of Joy-Cons for close to $100. Get a pack of KontrolFreek No-Slip Thumb Grips for Joy-Con for just $12.99! KontrolFreek No-Slip Thumb Grips for Joy-Con make upgrading the grip and control of your Joy-Cons easier than ever. 


Button Mapping: Customize your button layout to suit your preferences. While the default settings are intuitive, experimenting with different configurations can optimize your gameplay. Assign buttons for jumping, picking up objects, and activating special abilities for smoother control. 

Sensitivity Adjustment: Fine-tune the sensitivity of your controller's analog sticks to achieve precise movements. This is particularly useful for navigating tricky platforming sections and aiming projectiles accurately. Whether you are using a Switch Pro Controller or Joy-Cons, KontrolFreek No-Slip Thumb Grips  make it easier to play on higher difficulties while maintaining control. 

Motion Controls: Mario vs Donkey Kong supports motion controls, allowing players to interact with the environment in unique ways. Experiment with motion gestures for actions like tilting platforms or aiming projectiles and adjust sensitivity to find the perfect balance between responsiveness and precision. 

Rumble Feedback: Enable rumble feedback to add an immersive dimension to your gameplay experience. This one of the few games where we recommend leaving vibration on, because the subtle vibrations can provide valuable tactile feedback, especially during intense moments or when interacting with interactive elements in the game. 


Master the Basics: Familiarize yourself with Mario's basic moves, including jumping, running, and ground pounding. Understanding these fundamental actions is crucial for navigating obstacles and overcoming challenges effectively. 

Utilize Power-Ups Wisely: Throughout the game, you'll encounter various power-ups that grant special abilities such as increased speed or temporary invincibility. Use these power-ups strategically to overcome difficult sections or to collect hard-to-reach items. 

Pay Attention to Level Design: Each level in Mario vs Donkey Kong is meticulously crafted, offering unique challenges and opportunities. Pay close attention to the layout of platforms, obstacles, and enemy placements to plan your approach carefully. 

Experiment with Different Strategies: Don't be afraid to experiment with different strategies and approaches to solving puzzles. Sometimes, unconventional methods or thinking outside the box can lead to surprising solutions. 

Practice Patience and Precision: Mario vs Donkey Kong rewards patience and precision. Take your time to observe patterns, plan your moves, and execute them with precision. Rushing through levels can lead to unnecessary mistakes and setbacks. 

Learn from Mistakes: It's natural to encounter obstacles and make mistakes while playing. Instead of getting frustrated, use these moments as learning opportunities. Analyze what went wrong, adjust your strategy accordingly, and strive for improvement with each attempt. 

With the best controller upgrades and strategies, you can elevate your gameplay experience in Mario vs Donkey Kong on Nintendo Switch. Whether you're navigating treacherous platforming sections or solving intricate puzzles, mastering these tips will help you overcome challenges and emerge victorious in this charming adventure. Check out our other KontrolFreek Blogs and be sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok to stay up to date on the latest gaming content. Join our Twitch streams for some always entertaining gameplay and opportunities to win free KontrolFreek and SteelSeries products! 

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