If you're wanting to play the Nintendo Switch Online's selection of NES games in style, then you've probably been keeping an eye on the recently announced NES-style controllers for the console. The good news for European players is that the controllers are now available to pre-order directly from the My Nintendo store.
With the Online service now very much in action, we've finally had just over a day-or-so with the Netflix-style NES catalogue on Switch. While many of us are feeling rather tired of playing the same old games over and over again on each Nintendo system, we have to admit that the execution of the new service is utterly fantastic, with all 20 of the first batch of games being incredibly accessible at lightning speeds.
So, if you're wanting to get the most out of the experience, make sure to put a pre-order down on the new peripherals. To find them, simply head to your specific region's My Nintendo Store website (a quick online search should point you in the right direction) and you'll find them available for £49.99 / €59.99. As examples, here's the link for UK customers, and one for those living in Germany.
The box includes two controllers for the price, and the first batch of orders are expected to "reach European customers after mid-December". If you want to get a bit of money off your new purchase, make sure to check out the recently-released My Nintendo Store vouchers which can be purchased with Gold Points. Remember that, in order to buy these, you'll need to have purchased an online subscription - the currently available free trial does not count as a valid subscription for this offer.
Are you tempted to grab a set of the controllers? Are you happy playing your NES games with the Joy-Con instead? Let us know below.
No thanks 👍.
If I could have one for £20 I'd be in but this is too much and too many! What they could really do with is a Wii Remote Connector-to-USB adapter (and an official name for that proprietary connector) so we can use NES Mini pads on the Switch at least in docked mode.
Note that according to the small print on the site, you will not be eligible to purchase these if you are a child account on a family plan - only the parent account is eligible (and they are still limited to ordering one set, not one per child account)
So if you were planning to save money by using a family account w/ friends as I was, you might be getting left out on some of the special offers.
No disposable cash at the moment (not that it matters as it won't charge until it is available) but at that price? Still on the fence to be honest.
Just though I'd put my pre-order in, but it doesn't recognise my address anyway, Click on "Got Stuck? Need Help" and it comes up with help for the Nintendo Store not MyNintendostore, brilliant
Eh, no thanks.
I love to see, but i still able to play the game with my Joy Cons.
Stupidly expensive, even my nostalgia is not enough for these
Tried to order it - the delivery and payment information pages are so complicated and broken that I gave up haha. To be honest, I probably shouldn't buy these until they fix the dreadful in-game UI/borders and button mapping on the NES games first.
@tomwinsagain right? Surely they will patch that out at some point. Bonkers leaving it permanently on screen.
@Roarsome I hope so. I pretty much can't play it with those icons there, completely takes me out of the experience and I find it super distracting.
£6.82 for posting and packaging though? Mmmmm.....
@tomwinsagain I have similar issues which have prevented me from being able to place an order. Unbelievable that it would go live in such a broken state. Makes you wonder about the people running the UK site.
I did buy my a 2nd nes mini controller for £7.99 but this is really expensive. Nearly the same price as a nes mini and a second controller
@BensonUii only choice i see is import but it’s not really worth the money.
They're lovely controllers, but no way are they worth £50. Ludicrous price.
Anyone from Scandinavia found the My Nintendo Store? According to Nintendo, the European My Nintendo Store delivers to Scandinavia, but I keep getting redirected to the UK store, German store etc. (which won’t deliver to Scandinavia).
@BensonUii "Child account" is the term Nintendo uses to describe the accounts added to a family account (the "parent account" being the one that actually pays for it), so yeah unfortunately I don't think the age of the child account users matters; you just basically need to be on an individual account (or the "parent account" of a family account) to buy the controllers. Which... kinda sucks.
@Raylax yeah, this definitely needs a mention, particularly on the vouchers page. Burning through 500 gold points for a £5 discount, to find that it then doesn't even cover the cost of postage.
Yeah but why would u want them? Those ONLY work with NES games (according to Nintendo, possibly even only with their online NES thing). Just grab a pair of the 8bitdo ones, they look the part, work great and will actually work with games other than NES.
Nintendo likes to be awkward like that sometimes and I just can't find a reason someone would want those specific controllers other than it says Nintendo on the tin.
@slatanek I preordered them, just because even if 8bitdo controllers are great (which they are) they will NEVER be as good as Nintendo's own controllers. Also 60 euro for 2 controllers isn't actually that expensive.
One thing i will say to anyone buying these, it says they won't take the money until dispatch, but they take it straight away. It's completely screwed me up for the rest of the month, but more fool me for buying such expensive peripherals. Thought i should warn people wanting to get them
glad I got the 8bitdo NES30 before they were discontinued
@sanderev I don't think Nintendo makes especially good game controllers. I mean the JoyCons, for all their ingenuity, are crappy controllers at best when compared to the Xbox One or even PS4 ones. The Pro controller is much better, sure, but then again it costs 70-80€ which it really shouldn't.
Also in the case of those new Online NES gamepads - they work ONLY with NES games, which is incomprehensible to me and it makes the 60€ for a pair immediately an expensive option.
But u know, whatever floats ur boat.
@slatanek The joycons are the most failure-prone controllers I've ever used. Out of 4 joycons I have, 3 developed analog drift problems (aka. The analog input registers often even when centered or sticks registering after being released). One after just two months.
People suggested blowing into the analog sockets with compressed air, but that only helped temporarily and quickly lost effectiveness.
The quality of Nintendo controllers is really overhyped.
@Roarsome This site's not big enough for the both of us, imposter! =P Guess it's time to find a new avatar.
@Sinton Same here. My adress wont work. Let people know if we figure something out.
I really believe Nintendo have shot themselves in the foot with this one.
I can understand them releasing a double pack since the NES service is multiplayer-focused, but £50 is borderline scandalous. Especially given the limitations imposed.
This makes me a little worried at how much the SNES controller will cost in the future. And that also won't have a Home or Screen Capture buttons...
@denis09 They must have changed it then, because Nintendo UK wouldn’t deliver outside of UK before.
With import taxes, this may get epensive, though...
Whatever I do, I cannot add my address when attempting to buy these. Bang goes another sale, I guess.
glad its not me having the issues with the address, I got a pre orderd in but couldn't put my flat position so spoke with support and all they could say is i'll get an email. took my serial number and purchases etc we shall see. its abit cheeky charging £6.99 for delivery of them though I don't think these are coming direct from Nintendo.
No single pack? I strictly game alone.
Also, that price is just ridiculous. No way am I going to pay $50 for 2 remotes when I would only need 1 anyway.
Good going, Nintendo. Greedy much?
@Razzy yep, same here. My red one has an enormous drift and there is nothing that helps. At some point I'm gonna open it up and see what's up.
Nintendo having good controllers comes from people that never had any other systems I guess. I mean even the GameCube pads for all the praise they get felt like cheap toys. Not that they broke easily, but the plastics used, the wobbly buttons, they just felt like some Chinese toys. Their layout was great however. The N64 ones were a mistake - Nintendo thought at the time that humans have 3 hands. I'll give the NES/SNES pads a shout out for their D-pads, but even then the Playstation D-pad was superior from the get go and still is to this day the best D-pad around, which Sony is clearly aware of not having changed it for 25 years already.
No thanks, utter rubbish!
@ejf1984 u don't get it - it's a privilege to get those! They only play a couple of 30 years old games and u can charge them making ur Switch look like a Frankenstein in the process. Don't u get how cool this is?
The sarcasm part over, seriously 50 quid for a pair of wireless pads with built in battery is not that much. It's not a steal either and the fact they will NOT play nice with games outside the NES Online thing (I really wish Nintendo would come up with an actual name for the thing) is an obvious deal breaker, but I still think the price is not bad.
@Razer I love these!
@Sinton I had the same problem with the UK store. Ordered from the German store instead with no problem.
@sanderev No, in this case it actually is.
@slatanek yeah, I have one blue left joycon that drifts up, one red left joycon that drifts left and one red right joycon that drifts down. I'm just waiting for the blue left joycon to start drifting right and I'll have a full set. XD
Well, the Gamecube controller is really just a cheap reshelled ripoff of the Dualshock, so yeah.
I'm thinking of sending the first set of joycons in for warranty repairs, but apparently in Poland it means that they get sent to the Czech Republic or something, which takes ages.
Funny thing is, I've had my Vita since 2012 or 2013 and the analog sticks still work without any problems or errors, like on the day I got it.
WARNING for anyone who is tempted by redeeming points for the money-off vouchers!!
I cashed in for a £5 voucher for the NES controllers; however after a week of trying, the second Nintendo store which is the only place to be able to order these controllers will STILL not allow me to enter my correct address (despite the normal store being OK for the last decade!)
As I can't enter my full address and it is likely the controllers would therefore go missing, I reluctantly had to ask Nintendo Customer Service to refund the £5 voucher. THEY HAVE REFUSED.
A rude 'customer service' guy refused point blank saying that as it is a reward scheme they won't and don't have to refund the £5 back to me. I'm awaiting a callback from his manager as there was no-one else in the building that I could speak with - as the guy couldn;t even give me a likelihood of when the callback would be, I'm not expecting this.
He also couldnt explain why the main Nintendo store would offer free delivery but these controllers they charge additional money for (a company called Best Way??? Not a UK company!)
I've been a Nintendo fan since buying the first NES and Gameboy consoles, after 30 years I expect a tiny bit of customer service from them when they can't reliably deliver a controller to my address because their own website is so screwed up and launched without any testing. (Rant Over!)
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