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Use your Switch controllers on older Nintendo consoles with this adapter

Switch controllers now work with older Nintendo consoles, proving that they do do them as before.

Enterprising company 8bitdo today released a firmware update for its retro receivers that adds Switch controller compatibility. Currently, the company sells retro Bluetooth receivers for the NES, SNES, and NES Classic, all of which use the same firmware.

We wrote about 8bitdo’s retro receiver for the NES Classic when it was released last year. We loved how much this improved the Classic, both allowing you to use any controller you have, and saving you the headache of short cords from packaged controllers.

Currently, Retro Receivers also support PS3 and PS4 controllers, Wiimotes, and Wii U Pro controllers in addition to 8bitdo’s internal controllers.

It also bridges the gap between the Switch and its non-existent backwards compatibility. The Switch doesn’t have a Virtual Console at launch, which means you can’t play older games on the console.

The Switch’s online service confirms that NES games will eventually be playable for monthly subscribers. Think of this adapter as a way to practice using the Joy-Con with all the older Mario platformers.