8bitdo’s retro gamepad range adds Nintendo Switch support
If you’re a Nintendo Switch owner thinking of adding a couple of controllers to enable Mario Kart 8 Deluxe races with the whole crew, you could do a lot worse than the retro-styled range from 8bitdo.
The third-party manufacturer is rolling out a firmware update for its wireless NES, SNES and N64-themed controllers to include Switch support.
Indeed, with the new firmware v4.0 update (via The Verge) the entire range of classically-styled pads are compatible with Nintendo’s 2017 console.
Certain features, like HD rumble and 6-axis motion controls aren’t supported, but for games like Mario Kart that won’t be a problem.
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It remains unclear when Nintendo will launch the virtual console, but we’re hopeful there’ll be some news at next month’s E3 expo.
8bitdo’s controllers are compatible with a wide range of platforms beyond the Switch. The NES30 controller can even be purchased with a dongle that enables gamers to replace the bundled-in NES Classic controller, which has been criticised for its short cable.
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