Sad that the Nintendo Switch didn’t launch with Virtual Console support? Or maybe you’re just a diehard Nintendo fan who wants to play the company’s oldest games with its newest, hottest tech? Well, now you can! Don’t worry, no hacking or shady business is required.
8Bitdo’s Retro Receiver lets you play your NES Classic Edition using wireless controllers, including official Wii controllers and nifty NES and SNES gamepad replicas. As the lucky few who own one know, the NES Classic’s included controllers have ridiculously short cords, so the Retro Receiver is a handy thing to have. As a bonus, you can use it to see how Nintendo’s new Joy-Con controllers work with Super Mario Bros.
All you have to do is download the Retro Receiver’s latest firmware update, and you can play the original Zelda, Mario, Metroid, and many more using your Joy-Cons or the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. And hey, if you’re one of those unscrupulous types who have loaded more than the standard 30 games onto your NES Classic, you can test your Switch controllers on all sorts of other old-school games!
Usually I’d tut-tut this, but hey, if Nintendo isn’t going to put their classic games on the Switch, what are deprived retrogamers to do? Not play Kirby’s Adventure with the latest, greatest Nintendo controllers? Come on now.