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NES Classic Edition’s best wireless solution adds Nintendo Switch Joy-Con support

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The $17 “Retro Receiver” for NES Classic Edition expands its options

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8bitdo x Analogue

Now, the world’s best Bluetooth adapter for the NES Classic Edition — a console whose comically short controller length all but requires a wireless solution — can add a couple new options to its list of supported controllers: the Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons and Switch Pro controllers.

The 8Bitdo x Analogue “Retro Receiver” for NES Classic Edition is a $17 Bluetooth dongle that plugs into the miniature console and, in turn, provides compatibility with a host of wireless controllers, from the PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4 to 8Bitdo’s own retro-inspired gamepads. And now, with a new firmware update for the receiver, Nintendo’s newest controllers join the lineup.

While the absence of a D-pad and the tiny size of the Joy-Cons doesn’t make for an ideal NES Classic Edition experience — seriously, consider 8bitdo’s NES30 bundle — it’s not a bad option in a pinch. And the small size of each is charming, no?

According to the press materials, the Joy-Con’s “home” and “screen capture” buttons both remap to the NES Classic’s home menu, another frustrating absence of the console that 8Bitdo x Analogue’s solution had previously solved with a shortcut of pressing Down + Select at the same time.