Review | PDP Rematch GLOW – Not everyone’s wallet is equally well filled, but to plop down on the couch with a friend or family member for an evening of Mario Kart 8 or Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, or simply want a bigger controller than the Switch Joy-Cons, it may be worthwhile to look at other options. The quality of Nintendo’s own Pro Controller is unquestionable, but there are manufacturers here and there who also want to take a shot at the same price. We were therefore allowed to take a closer look at PDP’s Rematch Glow controller and we can report a number of positive things about it.
Simplicity is paramount in PDP’s proposition and this is immediately reflected in the contents of the box. The manufacturer sticks to the controller and a USB Micro-USB cable to charge it. That’s it. The features of the controller itself are also straightforward: an asymmetrical layout that we know from the Pro Controller with two analog sticks, face buttons, bumpers and triggers, and the system buttons. Where the Rematch GLOW does stand out is the two extra paddles that are located on the back.
What particularly catches the eye is the design. The controller is almost entirely black, apart from the gold directional pad and the yellow bumpers. Further decoration is the obvious Mario styling, which refers to the famous Super Star from the Mario games. This is also colored in yellow, but that’s not all. If you place the controller under the horizon for a while and then move it to a dark room, you will notice the glow-in-the-dark effect of the decoration. The effect isn’t very pronounced and it doesn’t have a practical function, but it’s a fun and unique twist in terms of controller styling.
All works fine
We’ll make no bones about it: the Rematch GLOW is more than well put together. Despite the fact that the controller is made entirely of plastic, it feels very sturdy and has a decent build quality, so a few bumps here and there this controller should survive without difficulty. The controller fits comfortably in the hand and all buttons are easily accessible, including the paddles on the back. By the way, the analog sticks have a somewhat rougher texture, so they don’t suddenly jump out from under your thumb. A small feature that is not always a given in this price category – € 59.99.
Actually, we can also be purely positive about the triggers and the bumpers, where the triggers offer enough travel for different genres of games and the bumpers feel a bit sharper due to the smaller travel they offer. The d-pad is sufficient for the average games, but don’t expect to drag out complex combos in your favorite fighter. We’re most impressed with the excellent battery, which lasts around 40 hours on a charge. Compared to Nintendo’s bigger brother, you’ll have to do without gyro aiming. That’s not a huge surprise given the lower price, but it’s something to consider.
We’ve tried out the Rematch GLOW with a variety of games, such as The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom from earlier this year and some more action-oriented games like Bayonetta 3 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. These are also games where the face buttons are used frequently and even during intense moments where we were banging the buttons a lot, we didn’t feel that the controller was getting in our way due to lag or inputs that were not registered, for example. Pairing the controller was also a piece of cake, with a push of the pairing button on the controller, our Switch immediately recognized the controller and we could get started.
With a high “what you see is what you get” content, the PDP Rematch GLOW actually touches on the most important things: comfort, an extremely long battery life, quick pairing with your console, a nice layout and high-quality analog sticks, triggers, bumpers and face buttons. The design catches the eye because of the bright yellow, which also gives a glow-in-the-dark effect after exposure to light. It’s not very functional, but it’s funny. If you are in the market for a new or extra controller for your Nintendo Switch and Nintendo’s Pro controller is just a little too expensive for you, you get a worthy alternative with the Rematch GLOW.
- Well put together
- Battery lasts 40 hours
- Design is a nice idea…
- … Glow-in-the-dark is a bit gimmicky