8BitDo's tiny Bluetooth gamepad is now available to pre-order

Shawn Knight

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8BitDo is now accepting pre-orders for its keychain-sized Bluetooth controller.

The Zero 2, as it is affectionately called, measures 73mm x 36.5mm x 14.7mm (2.87” x 1.44” x 0.58”) and tips the scales at just 20 grams. They are offered in a variety of colors including pink, blue and yellow and are compatible with Windows, MacOS, Raspberry Pi and the Nintendo Switch.

The minuscule gamepad is a standard affair. You get a directional pad, four primary action buttons, start and select buttons and top-mounted shoulder buttons. A micro-USB cable for charging purposes is also included. 8BitDo tells us that the 180mAh battery is good for around eight hours of play time with recharges taking 1-2 hours. The fact that it lacks a joystick means it’s intended only for 2D games.

8BitDo also recently announced its N30 wireless mouse that is modeled after the original Nintendo Entertainment System. That nostalgia-inducing piece of hardware is priced at $24.99 but appears to be out of stock at the moment.

Those interested in securing their pre-order can do so over on Amazon. According to the product page, they’ll ship on December 31, 2019.

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TS Rookie
I have a Zero. It's a very cool concept but the button on the right are too close together for my man hands. The Zero 2 looks the same.

It's fine for casual titles but it causes a significant handicap for platformers and anything requiring fairly exacting controls.

I'd be thrilled if they made it 30% larger, which would still be extremely small.


TS Guru
I wish it really had a keychain ring holder bracket built-in on it's chassis. It would reduce the burden of carrying a larger gamepad on the move. Not that I always carry one nor play games on my phone that often, but being able to convert this to a keychain configuration will make me use it when free while on the go. Only downside of this configuration is it doesn't have an on-off switch and it might frequently get turned on while in the pocket.