Now that Super NES games have finally dropped on Switch for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers, you'll probably be wanting to play them with the controller they were designed for. Fortunately, Nintendo also announced that wireless Super NES controllers are available to purchase by anybody signed up to Nintendo's online service. These new Super NES pads are of the same lineage as the NES pair that released alongside the service one year ago, and despite the fact we've got the originals, the SNES Classic Mini replicas and an assortment of 8Bitdo third party versions already, we can't wait to get our hands on these new-old SNES controllers.
Below we've answered a few questions regarding the new pads, their features, how much they cost and where you can get hold of them.
When can I get these Super NES pads, and how much do they cost?
The new Super NES controller is now up for order on Nintendo of America's website, although at the time of writing it's 'currently unavailable' and asks you to check back later. Orders began shipping on 18th September. The corresponding pages on the Nintendo UK website which went live on 30th September and are also sold out at the moment.
Each pad costs £26.99, plus £8.90 shipping in the UK, and $29.99 in the US. Being Switch Online exclusives, the official Nintendo site in your region is the only place to buy them new.
Both sites also mention that purchases are limited to four per account holder.
Are these Super NES controllers identical to the originals?
The pads retain the size, shape and feel of the originals but add the convenience of wireless connectivity, so you're not tethered to the console and forced to sit 3 feet from your 65-inch 4K telly. Unlike the NES versions which featured a rail along the top and connected to your Switch directly for charging (and enabled you to create this alluring eyesore), the Super NES pads are charged via USB-C cable. Less fun, perhaps, but a railing to snap them onto your Switch would have got in the way of the shoulder buttons.
These new versions also include tiny 'ZR' and 'ZL' buttons on the top which further extend their usefulness for Switch games outside the Super Nintendo library offerings. Each region will get its specific version of the pad from back in the day: North America gets the two-tone button version with concave 'X' and 'Y' buttons while Europe gets the multicoloured Super Famicom-alike variant.
Do I need a Nintendo Switch Online subscription in order to buy the Super NES controller?
Unfortunately, yes. The NES controllers, which came in a pack of two, were (and still are, in fact) available to purchase exclusively for Nintendo Account holders with a Nintendo Switch Online subscription and it's the same deal with the SNES versions. That'll need to be a proper subscription, too - you can't get them if you're enrolled on the free trial version. On the plus side, these Super Nintendo pads can be purchased individually.
Do I need a Super NES controller to play SNES games with Nintendo Switch Online?
No! It's important to note that these pads are in no way required to enjoy your Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online games (breathe!) on your Switch - your Joy-Con or Pro Controller will function perfectly well for playing classics like Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past and F-Zero. These are optional extras that simply offer a more 'authentic' feel for enthusiasts and nostalgia addicts. They do feel particularly lovely in the hands, though.
Should I get an extra controller and trade it with an online pal across the pond?
Yes. Yes, you should. Could you really sleep at night if you didn't have the other regional variant with the super-cool concave 'X' and 'Y' buttons/coloured buttons?
Got any questions about the wireless Super Nintendo controllers for Switch? Share them below and we'll do our best to answer them!
Personally as a SNES enthusiast, I'm strongly tempted to get an official pad, even though it's not all that necessary now that I have so many 8bitdo controllers.
If I buy two now will I be able to buy another 2 at a later date if I need them?
If we have a Family group of 8, all the members could buy a controller? Or only 4 controllers per family group?
I was all set to give these priority over buying an 8bitdo controller, but seeing the additional postage costs I'm suddenly deflated and the addition of thumbsticks on an 8bitdo pro again seems tempting.
Might get these because of the ZR and ZL buttons even though I own a bunch of 8bitdo stuff.
I need it, was going to get 8bitdo ones but held out incase and also I would rather have an official one, even with that awful delivery price
Yeah these are cool but the 8bitdo SF30/SN30 Pro seem like a better value. For only $10 more you get analog sticks, better ergonomics with the triggers, home/capture buttons, rumble, and wider compatibility with the same overall shape.
I just use a 8Bitdo GBros Adaptor with a SNES Classic Controller. Works perfectly including with NSMBUDX
@redd214 So are the 8bitdo controllers compatible with these SNES/Switch games.
I want these! Hope they go on sale & ship before Christmas because this would be a perfect gift for my hubby!
@sonicbooming they're compatible with every Switch game that supports a pro controller, I don't see a reason why they wouldn't work with the snes games as well.
I was so close to buying a 8bitdo controller before this news. Only reason I didn't pull the trigger was because I have my doubts with 3rd party controllers.
If I can use this for games like Super Mario Makers 2 I'm sold.
I need 4 of them. 8bitdo who? I have two Switch Online accounts so does that mean I can buy 2 controllers per account? I sure hope so. My girl also has an account so mabey I can use her account to order 2 controllers.
do not pre-oder this controller go with the 8bitdo SN30 Pro+ is a fully functional extra controller, and the Dpad is just as great as the original Snes controllers.
If I didn't have an SF-30 Pro I would get one but I do and that's good enough for me.
I passed on the NES ones due to price and the fact that I hardly use the app...but I will totally dip on this. Especially since I got rid of my SNES Mini.
This would’ve been a must if I didn’t have a Snes mini. I like that they offer to sell them on its own unlike the nes ones which jumped the price. Shipping is really high tho.
I got mine already, 8bitdo.com
One gripe, not crazy of the zr/zl button size or placement. I through it would be (2) same size shoulder buttons stacked up
Those ZL and ZR buttons seem really awkward to use though.
EDIT: I got ninja'd. ^^'
since Nintendo is letting us buy them individually, they should let us pick which ones we want regardless of region. it would be nice to have both the north American and European versions of both. and possibly the super famicom version.
however, i like the colors on the north American version than on the European version. that particular favoritism may be caused by the amount of colors on the controllers. the amount of colors on the European version make the controller seem too busy.
@redd214 this are mostly for collectors, or staunch Nintendo fans. While the 8bitdo controllers are better some people want their original and official Ninty merchandise.
I’m kinda tempted to buy a pair, but we’ll see.
i got one of those 8bitdo adapters so that i can use my snes controllers from the classic edition with the switch but im gonna get one of these anyway. in any case i only have one adapter so now i can do two player games
@Kmno fair point, I'm more of a bang for your buck kind of guy lol. All in all options are great for everyone
I can't believe Nintendo are allowing us to order four! when the NES controllers came out it was one per account, I'd like to order probably three. Thank You Nintendo.
@Geobros looks like 4 controllers total per paid membership (either individual or family); from the website:
Limit four purchases per Nintendo Account with paid Nintendo Switch Online individual or family membership. Offer not available for free trial holders. This controller is optional and not required to play the Super Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online collection of games.
that’s from NoA, not sure if this varies by region
@foodmetaphors Thanks mate!!
The question is can I use these controllers for other non SNES games? Then I’d be sold.
"The question is can I use these controllers for other non SNES games?"
That is the question I want to know the answer to as well.
I've bought 5 sets of JoyCons (STUPID BLASTED DRIFT!).
I'd love to replace them with something that works consistently...
@stevenw45 Europe version and Super Famicom are the same beside the Name on the controller. I grew up with the europe version, so I'm not a fan of the boring US colors
Definitely getting one of these. I'm going to say it's safe to assume this will work with any Switch game given they added the ZR/ZL, so I would use this for any 2D game.
Are Infos about ZR/ZL official? I cannot find them on Nintendo websites. The German website even says they are compatible with games using D-Pad, A, B, X, Y, L & R - There is no mentioning of ZR/ZL at all! Because of size and shape those buttons could be home and snapshot, couldn‘t they?
Like a lot of things in my life I don't need one of these at all but I can't hide the fact I really want one
@redd214 not all. Some games on switch require the analog and d pad to do different things.
@vanYth I'm assuming they will be there and like the pro controller maybe a home and camera button added above the start select buttons. Or like the NES controllers no home camera button at all.
@Dirty0814 the controllers I was referring to have analog sticks and a dpad so not sure the point you're making.
Were the crap is my "Home" button!!!
You can keep your ZL & ZR, just give me a funten "Home" button for once!!
I love the SNES style controller and as I believe its the best for any "2D" game.
I have numerous different versions including the NGC version, but since the Wii, Nintendo controllers need a "Home" button, just having "Start" button docent cut it anymore!!
Im happy they're sold alone and not packs of 2 for $60. I'm all for supporting Nintendo bit I'm only one person.
The Nintendo ANZ site confirms the small extra buttons are ZL & ZR, not "Home" & "Snapshot".
I live in Japan and ordered mine yesterday from Nintendo's Online Subscription website thing here. After paying a message said to expect delivery sometime around Sept 25.
I play my SNES mini a lot so no need to pick these up but I totally will.
@vanYth In the Direct they have a very clear close up of the top of the controller where you can see for sure that they are ZL and ZR buttons.
@foodmetaphors "i got one of those 8bitdo adapters so that i can use my snes controllers from the classic edition with the switch" do you have a link for this product? I tried Google but couldn't find what you are describing but sounds like exactly what I'm looking for.
Question - can you use the SNES controller for other games, like for example the Collection of Mana games
Sold out at the moment in the EU store
Alright, great article of answers, BUT my lingering concern is are we absolutely sure they have the greatest D-Pad ever from real SNES controllers OR do they have the terrible ones from the Pro controller?
They have never been for sale at the European store atm
I'll see how the games play and feel with the joy con's first haha
@redd214 I was actually debating on getting the pro plus over these. I really have been struggling with the Dpad on the switch lately. I actually prefer to play on the joycons cause of how bad the pro-controller is on the dpad.
@Marios-love-child haha 😂😂
@Chunkboi79 the pro plus is an excellent controller. Unless one really cares a lot about Amiibo scanning or HD rumble (which I personally haven't been blown away by) I would highly recommend it over the official pro controller.
@redd214 good to hear! I have been debating picking one up. I have the previous model connected to my Raspberry Pi and I loved it for those games. I'll probably pick it up when I have the cash, wish they had the super famicon colors tho lol
I bought an SF30 Pro for just this eventuality instead of getting the NES controllers. Unfortunately the d pad is unusable, and shipping it in for warranty service is cost prohibitive so I’ll be buying an official one.
@foodmetaphors thank you!
@RupeeClock 8bit do controllers are nice but there dpads are super slippery, not good for tetris, so thats the only reason I would like a snes controller.
I didn't get the nes ones, though. I'm good with my 8bit do nes ones.
This controller wouldn't be suitable for Tetris 99, because of the need to be able to choose targeting options.
It would however be perfect for Puyo Puyo Tetris.
@RupeeClock I'd just like to add for those like me who are (mostly) satisfied with 8bitDo controllers... You might consider picking up the official SNES controllers if you want better chances of consistent connectivity.
8bitDo is pretty great, I have 2 SN30s (SNES replicas) and am very impressed with the build quality, and while they generally don't give me too much trouble connecting, sometimes my switch doesn't like having both connected at the same time. Or sometimes one, and sometimes the other will just not connect. Frustrating if I have a group of impatient manchildren friends over who can't understand tech issues trying to play Astro Duel, Pico Park, or N++ with me.
I'll be getting at least 2.
Here's something random, and loosely related. Has anyone played Mega Man 11 with an 8bitDo controller.
Using an SN30, there's a weird quirk where (and I think its only in that game, so its probably on the game software's end), when I hold down and push jump, I will side as normal, but even if I firmly and carefully hold diagonal and down, I will not slide, just jump as if I'm not holding down. And it might just be while holding down and right, might work fine going left. I could try using my other 8bitDo controller, but I don't think its a hardware thing. The weird part is that everything works fine (I think) with the Pro Controller.
So what I think is happening is that somehow the game was programmed for official hardware (obviously), and somehow, something 8bitDo is doing in its firmware is different, and Capcom didn't account for that. Weird. I don't suppose this will ever be solved by the companies involved, so I'm glad I can get a SNES controller that will (probably) work perfectly with that game.
(I should send off an email or two to see if a patch from 8bitDo could solve this or something. Wouldn't expect Capcom to do anything, unfortunately.)
You know what I would like to see: A SNES "mini"  that's basically just this controller (or something very much like it) with the required console chips and digital games installed directly on it and a tiny dongle (something like Google's Chromecast) you plug into the TV to take it's signal. That would be a really cool and convenient SNES mini form factor for me (no wires or extra console boxes whatsoever). Oh, and I'd like to see the library of installed games increased to say 50, and obviously a simple shortcut button command to return to the main menu would be essential too. Sorted!
Weren't NES ones supposed to be for NES Online only? I mean, you can't even use them with Arcade Archives titles, right?
Just buy an 8BitDo SNES style controller. They are almost completely strictly better! They have the form factor, but all the buttons needed to play modern games too!
@ultraraichu FWIW, I have a few 8bitdo controllers as well as 2 GBros adapters. Their stuff is excellent.
Despite being sold out I was able to log in and order one.
I bought just one. I hope it works with Mario Maker 2 🤞
You can still order , just go through the steps of ordering.
I will say it again, the 8bitdo ones are superior in every way since they can be used on other devices and introduce less lag than the official pro controllers lol.
@Jokerwolf I dunno, I just got one of their DIY kits for the NES dogbone controller and the B and A buttons are backwards. Making Mario jump with the B button feels totally alien.
@BulkSlash Or you can just buy a production controller, the SN30 Pro is almost perfect and you get the analogues if you need them. They also have nice big ZR and ZL buttons.
Tbh this really has no appeal to me. I was excited about it then I heard about the SN30 Pro Plus and I already have an SN30 Pro. Now that I have both of those controllers I have not only a true SNES experience but an improved one.
Ok, need these and the NES ones. I will try to order them on payday.
Sold out. Cannot go through the steps to order them as others have claimed.
Once these are commonly available, I would DEF trade a couple US controllers for some UK ones.
Got a SF30 Pro from 8Bitdo. It has big(ger) triggers, a homebutton, a picturebutton and sticks. And it looks exactly like an original SNES controller. So nope, not buying this one here. Do love the looks of it, but I can use my SF30 Pro even for the big Switch games. The SNES controller won't be able to do so.
Would be nice to use them with my SNES Mini...
Now the North American site doesn't even have a purchase button or even a notification that the controller is sold out. It's just a photo, no mention of coming soon or temporary out of stock. So it looks like we're out of luck. Guess they only made about 5 units for this region because it sold out faster than an NES Classic.
FYI the shipping fee to UK was £6.75. They have now increased that to £8.90. Robbing bar-stewards ?
We can't buy these in Russia.
Though the website says that the items are available exclusively for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers - same as any European Nintendo website.
QUESTION - can you use these with non snes games? Like Secret of Mana?
It’s either sold out or it never was available. There’s not button to buy. It doesn’t even say sold out. It just looks like it did before it was “available”.
If these had been available the day Nintendo announced them I probably would have bought one, but now I've seen all the drawbacks I'm not interested.
I don't see nintendo.co.uk's page update for purchasing the pads. Did I miss out on that?
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