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Nintendo is prepping a wireless SNES controller for the Switch

By Shawn Knight · 6 replies
Aug 13, 2019 at 12:19 PM
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  1. The controller, highlighted in an FCC filing that was unearthed my members of the ResetEra forum, looks to be quite similar to the original. Eagle-eyed observes have noticed, however, that there may be additional ZL and ZR buttons on the top although these could just as easily be Joy-Con docking rails.

    Modern controllers based on classic designs aren’t a new idea for Nintendo. Last year, the Japanese gaming giant launched wireless versions of the original NES controller for the Switch. Unfortunately, they launched at $59.99 for a pair which was more than some gamers were willing to pay. With any luck, Nintendo will give this new batch of SNES Bluetooth controllers a more reasonable price tag.

    Some are also speculating that Nintendo is preparing to add SNES games to Nintendo Switch Online. That makes sense given the new controller although we’ll have to wait for confirmation from Nintendo to be certain. Remember, we were all but convinced that a Nintendo 64 Classic was coming, only for the company to pour cold water on our dreams.

    Masthead credit: SNES controller by robtek

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  2. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,777   +2,589

    I imagine that shoulder buttons could double as rails but I'd actually be really surprised if they make these things dockable. That doesn't jive with Nintendo's usual practices. IMO they ruined multiplayer on the switch by handicapping it with those tiny rubbish controllers.
  3. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 2,270   +1,479

    I wish Nintendo would just make a phone for gaming.
    Call it the Switch Mobile, give it atleast a 5.0" screen with a small d-pad, 5-6 buttons and throw in Mario Run pre-installed as a gift.
    Next after that? Mario Kart Mobile with online multiplayer.
  4. amghwk

    amghwk TS Guru Posts: 542   +330

    8Bitdo gamepads have been available for some time now, which are way much cheaper than what Nintendo can churn out. And the build quality is excellent too, and works with even PC and smartphones too, out of the box.
    lexster likes this.
  5. ZackL04

    ZackL04 TS Guru Posts: 544   +268

    I’ll buy em and a switch again when they release the snes library.

    $60 for a pair of fully realized wireless original snes controllers? Take my money already
  6. Axiarus

    Axiarus TS Evangelist Posts: 473   +272

    8bitdo are amazing controllers.
  7. lexster

    lexster TS Guru Posts: 531   +261


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