8bBitdo Announces a Wireless NES Classic Controller

The solution has arrived to the terribly short NES Classic Controller cables!


Nintendo Fans, rejoice! 8Bitdo has done the needful. The 8Bitdo NES30 Classic Edition Set will cost $39.99 and releases on December 16, 2016. Shackers may be quick to point out that the controller costs 33% less than the NES Classic Edition console, but can you really put a price on being able to lean back while you enjoy 30 of your favorite Classic Nintendo titles?

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    December 1, 2016 3:00 AM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, 8bBitdo Announces a Wireless NES Classic Controller

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      December 1, 2016 4:32 AM

      Nice, I'm assuming it has extra buttons in case you want to use it on a PC.

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        December 1, 2016 4:42 AM

        If you just want the controller for the PC, it's already available:


        Though I prefer the SNES30:


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          December 1, 2016 6:51 AM

          I don't want it for the PC. I have original SNES controllers hooked up.

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            December 1, 2016 8:59 AM

            That's fine, of course; I have USB converters for SNES, Genesis, and PSX myself.

            Though I will say 8bitdo so nailed the look and feel that aside from the lack of a cable I doubt you'd be able to tell which was which with a hands on test.

            They're nice for a wireless option even if you have originals.

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              December 1, 2016 9:05 AM

              Nice, I am a stickler for controller feel and always use first party if given the option. I'd trust 8bitdo on reputation alone, I'm considering getting this just for the adapter. Looking at Amazon, it works with most Bluetooth controllers (PS3/4 and more importantly, Wiimotes and Wii U Pro) and their entire line of controllers. Hell, I hope they sell the adapter alone and I'll buy two and call it a day.

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      December 1, 2016 4:40 AM

      Of course they do. They do seem to be nailing controllers and accessories lately.

      The SNES30 and retro receiver are awesome, and their NES30 feels like the real thing except for their intentionaly updates (more buttons), so I'm sure this'll be great.

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        December 1, 2016 4:41 AM

        Oh, looking at it it's their existing NES30 with a class-controller compatible receiver.

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        December 1, 2016 5:31 AM

        Yeah, no surprise but great to see even so. I love my SNES pad they made, it's just right. I hope they do a 6 button Mega Drive or Saturn pad next.

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          December 1, 2016 9:02 AM

          They're doing an N64 controller next: http://www.8bitdo.com/n64/

          Though we'll see where they go from there. They are rapidly expanding, and their fighting sticks and wireless Xinput pad with analog sticks were both pretty good, too.

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      December 1, 2016 6:25 AM

      I would be interested to see peoples reviews on this. I'm not sure the SNES-style buttons would play as comfortably on the more square style NES controller. :/

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        December 1, 2016 11:09 AM

        I own the controller. It works well enough, still basically feels like you'd expect.

        Tthough since the NES Classic can use a "Home" button if you're using a Wii classic controller, it'd be nice if they mapped one of the unused buttons (L or R or something) to that for easy access.

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          December 1, 2016 2:29 PM

          It's select + down, makes sense to eliminate any accidental presses.

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        December 1, 2016 11:11 AM

        I have the NES30. I can confirm that it is just as uncomfortable as the original NES controller, the awful square ergonomics are accurately represented, and the buttons feel just fine. The layout doesn't hurt it at all, although the shoulder buttons make no sense because of how weird they feel.

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      December 1, 2016 9:03 AM

      If only there were NES classics.

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      December 1, 2016 11:05 AM

      Great, now if they would just sell some actual NES Classics we'd be good to go.

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