For all a known issues with Bluetooth wireless devices, it’s flattering implausible to have a singular customary that lets inclination bond wirelessly to all sorts of opposite hardware. Case in point: a 8bitdo line of classical controllers which, interjection to a new firmware refurbish today, is now concordant with a Switch in further to classical consoles like a NES and SNES, and PCs and mobile phones to boot.
Of course, a classical consoles don’t support wireless controllers natively—for that you’ll need to deposit in a Retro Receiver that plugs in to a suitable controller port. With those attached, though, it’s now probable to take a singular controller from a Nintendo complement expelled in 1985 to one expelled in 2017 but even traffic with any wires.
We tested a simple NES30 book of a controller with a Switch this afternoon, and we found a controller some-more than adult to a charge of personification games like Mario Kart 8 and Puyo Puyo Tetris. The controller’s design, that mimics a aged NES controller flattering accurately, creates it forever some-more beguiling to use than a little Switch Joy-Cons, that we’ve found hand-crampingly awful when hold horizontally as particular diversion pads.
More difficult games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of a Wild will need one of 8bitdo’s some-more costly Pro controllers to hoop analog inputs. Even then, you’re blank out on HD Rumble and motion-control facilities found on a Joy-Cons. Still, a well-constructed peripherals, that run for $35 to $43 on Amazon, make a decent choice to Nintendo’s central controllers, that run $50 for a singular Joy-Con or $70 for a Pro Controller.
Surprisingly, a 8bitdo line seems to be a initial set of third-party controllers to publicize harmony with a Switch. Nintendo hasn’t strictly protected any third-party controllers for a complement yet, and we couldn’t find contention of any other universal Bluetooth controllers that are configured to work with a system. While Nintendo could substantially take stairs to invalidate a 8bitdo harmony if it wanted to (the association wasn’t accessible to immediately respond to a ask for criticism from Ars), for now, these seem to be a good choice for expanding your Switch’s internal multiplayer capabilities.