Kirby and I will fight anyone that dares suggest the Nintendo GameCube didn't introduce one of the best controller designs of all time. Countless Super Smash Bros. devotees agree with that sentiment, which is why Nintendo has even re-released it. But it's 8Bitdo that's created the best way to actually use a classic GameCube controller with your Switch.
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For five years, 8Bitdo has been creating near-perfect wireless clones of your favourite classic gamepads, improving the experience of emulating retro games on modern devices.
But if near-perfect isn’t perfect enough for your discerning gaming tastes, the company is now selling kits that should make it dead easy to upgrade your original Nintendo and Sega controllers with Bluetooth, without requiring any electronics know-how or soldering.
There were rumours of a PlayStation 5 and news on the next generation of Xbox, but this E3 was ultimately pretty light on the cool hardware. We knew that was the case given the sheer amount of VR accessories most of us can't or won't use any time soon.
Nintendo has promised that the Switch's upcoming online service will include a library of classic games that will help turn the portable console into an epic - but not perfect - retro gaming machine. The one thing the Switch is missing is a genuine, four-way D-pad, but that can be easily remedied with 8Bitdo's new SN30 Pro gamepad - a clever hybrid of both classic and modern controllers.
The recently-released Super Nintendo Classic Edition is a fantastic way to replay 21 of your favourite 16-bit SNES games -- but what about all the other classics that Nintendo excluded? If you've still got a stack of old Super Nintendo carts at home, the Analogue Super Nt should let you enjoy them on the fancy hi-def TV you upgraded to years ago.
Nintendo's recently-announced classic games service will eventually bring your favourite 8-bit and 16-bit titles to the Switch. And when it finally launches, 8Bitdo's new SNES30 Pro controller looks like it could be the perfect way to play everything from the original NES' Super Mario Bros., to the Switch's Zelda: Breath of the Wild.