And it's not great
Remember the 8BitDo M30 gamepad our lovely video producer Alex Olney went hands-on with last week? Well, he's just discovered something else about this controller after taking a look at the instruction manual. The D-Pad can actually emulate left joysticks. Apparently, it's a "new thing" that can be don
Have you heard about the 8BitDo M30? It's a gamepad that resembles the legendary 6-button Genesis / Mega Drive controller and works with the Nintendo Switch and legacy systems. We even did our very own hardware review for it last week, explaining how fantastic it was for anyone who is a fan of 2D fighters and various other classic...
And it works with the original Mega Drive, too
8BitDo has come a long way in a relatively short space of time. In the beginning, the company wasn't taken totally seriously by a select few who saw its line of clone NES and SNES pads as little more than cheap facsimiles of the real thing, but following a
As well as a new Retro Receiver for the Genesis / Mega Drive
If you've been loving Sonic and Thunder Force IV on your Switch lately, you might be interested to learn that 8Bitdo – makers of many a fine controller – are releasing a Sega-inspired pad which will no doubt become the interface of your dreams. Based on the design of the fantastic...
GBros. before Smash Pros
As the launch fo Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Switch looms – like a wonderful, long-awaited birthday – ever closer, a great many fans of the series will have one burning question on their minds: Can I play it with my trusty and dependable GameCube controller? As we've known for a while, the answer to this question is,...
Now with motion control and vibration!
With the likes of the SN30 and SN30 Pro - as well as DIY kits - 8BitDo is responsible for some of the best third-party controller options for Nintendo fans, and this year has updated its wildly popular
Just in time for Smash Bros. Ultimate!
Just in time for the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Switch, peripheral maker 8BitDo has announced that it's bringing out a special adapter that allows you to wirelessly connect your classic GameCube pad to Nintendo's latest system. The device - which also works with Windows PCs - connects via...
All the colours of the rainbow (almost)
Accessory maker 8BitDo has pretty much cornered the market when it comes to wireless controllers which ape the form and function of classic Nintendo pads, and this year it's refreshing its popular SN30 and SN30 Pro line to give it a spot of colour. The arrival of Yellow, red, blue and green SN30 pads - based...
Stop 'n' swop
If there's one thing 8Bitdo knows, it's retro controllers. Yes, as a company they've dabbled in a few other areas, but on the whole for our money their best stuff is definitely controller-related. They've released countless iterations for countless systems over the years, and now there new DIY range allows you to mod your own...
No tricky soldering required
8BitDo has been gracing Nintendo fans with a whole range of controllers and accessories for some time now, with fancy wireless setups for the NES and SNES-themed pads, Switch controller alternatives, and more. Now, though, the company is giving you the opportunity to mod your own official controllers from home. To...
Inspired by the classic systems of yesteryear
Accessory maker 8BitDo has revealed a huge range of new controllers at E3 2018, as well as a complete rebrand of the company by famed graphic artist Cory Schmitz, with logowork done in collaboration with by Grilli Type. Zero 2 The follow-up to the original Zero, this is being billed as the...
It's magic, I tell you!
We love the Switch Pro Controller - in fact, personally we think it's the best controller on the market, at least for our needs. But if you don't want to fork out heaps of cash and you happen to have another console's controller to hand, you might feel inclined to use that if the humble Joy-Con don't cut it for you. That's...
Or the Wii Remote, if you'd prefer
Accessory maker 8Bitdo is launching a new Bluetooth adapter which allows you to use all manner of controllers with your Nintendo Switch. The device - which sports a brick-like design that is no doubt inspired by Super Mario Bros. - plugs into the USB port of the Switch dock. Once connected, it allows you to link...
Firmware gets bumped up to version 1.25
8Bitdo has just issued a new firmware update for its excellent SN30 and SF30 Pro controllers, which are of course compatible with the Nintendo Switch. According to the patch notes, this update has been issued to "enhance the accuracy of analog on Switch mode", which should be of particular interest to those...
Updated to Version 1.23
If you are the proud owner of one of 8Bitdo's SN30/SF30 Pro Controllers, you may be pleased to know that the peripheral maker has released a firmware update to address a known bug and to add extra features. The firmware has been updated to Version 1.23 and can be downloaded directly from 8Bitdo's support page. You can check...
New look, same quality
While the biggest news to come out of 8Bitdo recently is the launch of the excellent SN30 Pro controller, the company has also released another notable product: the SNES Classic Edition Wireless Gamepad. As the title suggests, this is a controller aimed at those who have purchased a SNES Classic Edition and are looking for a...
One pad to rule them all
If you take your video game controllers seriously, then chances are you won't need any introduction to 8bitdo. This peripheral maker has been crafting superb pads and accessories for some time now, many of which take more than a little inspiration from Nintendo's own controllers. Over the years we've seen excellent...
The ultimate retro controller?
Pre-orders for 8Bitdo's SN30 and SF30 Pro controllers have gone live today. The pads - modelled on the North American SNES and Super Famicom designs respectively - boast a full button set with clickable analogue joysticks, cross-shaped D-pad, rumble, motion controls, bluetooth, rechargeable battery, home and...
Peripheral maker 8Bitdo has released a new firmware update for its range of controllers which eliminates input lag when playing on Switch. 8Bitdo produces a range of retro-themed pads which mimic the look and feel of classic controllers from the NES and SNES era. The firmware update which provides Switch support
Costs 80 bucks, also works on Android, Mac and PC
Pre-orders for 8Bitdo's NES30 Arcade Stick have gone live today, and the controller will ship on August 20th with a retail price of $79.99. The controller - which is fully compatible with the Nintendo Switch - has turbo functionality, an 18 hour play time and is customisable. It comes with...
Look at the shiny shiny
The Switch's Pro Controller is a thing of beauty, but what isn't so beautiful is the price tag. It may be filled to the brim with gizmos and gadgets but it's still a tough pill to swallow. At a lower cost, however, you can invest in a more compact alternative from 8Bitdo, the first manufacturer to stick out a third-party...
TwinCube speakers also on the way
Accessory maker 8Bitdo has unveiled three new products at E3 this year, primarily aimed at Switch gamers. First up is the SNES30 Pro, which is billed as "the ultimate retro gaming controller." It showcases bluetooth, USB-C, rumble vibration, motion controls and player indicator LED’s, and is expected...
Putting the 'firm' back in 'firmware'
In case you missed it, 8Bitdo's line of third party controllers are now compatible with the Nintendo Switch thanks to a firmware update, meaning you can take out your opponents as intended on Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers, grab a perfect score on Puyo Puyo
Even more control options
Peripheral maker 8Bitdo has released a new firmware update for its controllers which enables support for the Nintendo Switch. The range of pads - which includes the NES30 and SNES30 controllers - are based on classic Nintendo products and boast an exceptional build quality. While there are obvious
8Bitdo Retro Receiver adds Joy-Con and Switch Pro Controller support
The 8Bitdo Retro Receiver for the NES Classic Mini is an essential purchase as it allows you to game on your console without being tethered by annoying short wires. The device has just become that little bit more desirable thanks to a
8Bitdo NES30 Vs Nyko Miniboss
The NES Classic Edition is a wonderful micro-sized retro-gaming machine; availability issues aside its hard to find much fault with, it apart from the rather short controller cable which comes with the otherwise excellent replica of the original NES controller. At just 30 inches the cable that joins the pad to the...
Three pronged thriller?
8Bitdo's replica controllers have gained quite a reputation with retro gamers who are keen to get that authentic feel but also wish to benefit from modern conveniences such as the absence of annoying wires and the ability to recharge the internal battery. We've already seen excellent variants on the NES and SNES controllers,...
$39.99, and it ships before Christmas
Fed up of the stupidly short controller cable on the NES Classic Mini? Fear not, because peripheral maker 8bitdo has confirmed today that it is bringing its own wireless control option to the NES Classic Mini. 8Bitdo has already performed the same trick with the standard
Everything old is new again
When it comes to retro gaming there are few who would disagree with the notion that playing on original hardware is the most faithful way to play the classics, even if it's not necessarily the most convenient. Well one of the biggest pet peeves of older hardware has been eliminated for the SNES and NES thanks to 8Bitdo's...
Look Ma, no wires!
The removal of the pesky joypad cable has to rank as one of the most important advances in video game tech. For far too long were we resigned to dealing with tangled wires that shackled us to our games consoles, forcing us to sit within a range dictated by the length of the cable itself (Super Famicom owners will feel this pain...
Now you're playing with current-gen power
Quite often nowadays talk of playing retro games drifts to emulators - and arguments over them - and services like the Virtual Console. Plenty still dust off their original (and surprisingly functional) systems, however, and there's a sub-industry of gadgets to help these retro gamers get the most out of...
Clones 25 years in the making
Chinese firm 8bitdo is on a roll when it comes to making Bluetooth controllers which look and feel like classic Nintendo pads. We've already had the NES30 and the FC30 Pro - the former taking inspiration from the classic 8-bit console and the latter sporting design cues lifted from the Japanese edition of the NES, the...
A familiar friend, reinvented
If you're an Android user then you'll already be well aware of the operating system's native connectivity with wireless Bluetooth peripherals, including dedicated game pad controllers. Apple has recently introduced a similar protocol for its iOS platform, and Android-based micro-consoles like the Ouya, M.O.J.O. and
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