All of 8bitdo's Classic Controllers Work with Nintendo Switch

Controllers modeled after throwback peripherals offer a sturdy (and affordable) alternative to first-party pads.


8bitdo, manufacturer of find retro goods like throwback gamepads, has updated its classic controllers to work with Nintendo's Switch console. All of 8bitdo's controllers are wireless, which means you now have numerous sturdy and affordable alternatives to first-party controllers such as Nintendo's Pro Controller.

Getting an 8bitdo controller synced to your Switch isn't quite at plug-and-play levels of simplicity, but the process is far from complex. First, you'll need to update your 8bitdo controllers—those being the FC30, FC30 Pro, NES30, NES30 Pro, SFC30, or SNES30—to the company's 4.0 firmware version. To do that, head to 8bitdo's support pages. Assuming your controller is charged, get close to your PC and hold the Start, L, and R buttons until the LEDs start flashing. Follow the on-screen connections to connect the controller to your computer and download your controller's firmware update.

Last, you'll need to make sure your Switch is running a system update from 1.0 through 2.2.0. Once your console and 8bitdo controllers have been updated, you can enjoy Switch games using classic-style controllers.

If only Nintendo's Virtual Console service was up and running, no?

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    May 23, 2017 5:00 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, All of 8bitdo's Classic Controllers Work with Nintendo Switch

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      May 23, 2017 5:20 PM

      Yeah their site is crumbling from everyone downloading the new firmware combined with just tons of traffic. Fucking awesome new feature.

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        May 23, 2017 5:55 PM

        I'm considering picking up a couple for Mario Kart and (eventually) Virtual Console games. I own one Pro Controller, but $70 a pop is just too much to justify since I'm usually the only one playing.

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          May 23, 2017 6:12 PM

          I have a feeling that they'll only work until the next Switch firmware update. Then 8bitdo will update, then Nintendo will block it again, and repeat.

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        May 23, 2017 6:02 PM

        i tried 2 of their controllers in the past... honestly I found them cheapy made, basically just junk. Both started having issues after 3-4 months of use. One would just lose Bluetooth connectivity randomly. The other the thumb sticks were junk and would either stop working or get stuck in one direction. I sent one back and they replaced it but the replacement also started the same problem.

        Ended up throwing them both in the trash.

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      May 23, 2017 6:15 PM

      holy shit! I have two of the snes ones just sitting around not being used

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