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When Nintendo first revealed the wireless NES controller for Switch, details were limited. Now that the first shipment has arrived, new information about the retro-themed pads is beginning to surface.

Kotaku's Chris Kohler explains how the L and R buttons on the wireless controller function:

"The L button will serve as your photo capture button, and the R button will bring you back to the Home menu. In-game, you’ll be able to get back to this menu using L and R... Note that these button reassignments for L and R are done at the software level within the NES app."

That's not all, though. When a controller is wirelessly connected, the sound in the NES app changes:

"There’s another bonus feature that you won’t see... because it’s audio: The system sounds for this menu change to 8-bit NES sounds when you have the NES controllers plugged in."

The wireless NES controllers can also be used while attached to the system and you can even mix and match with a Joy-Con. Take a look at the screenshots below, courtesy of Kotaku:


Like Kotaku, The Verge put the new NES controller to the test. In terms of game compatibility, it appears to be hit-and-miss. Verge games editor Andrew Webster said the main problem was the lack of buttons:

"Pretty much all modern games require more than the two face buttons available on an NES controller. Out of curiosity, I tried a bunch of different games, and the results weren’t pretty. I was able to load Fortnite, but none of the available buttons let me actually get into a match. And while I could technically play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, I wasn’t able to jump, which is a pretty big handicap. In Dead Cells I could jump and roll, but not attack."

The only modern game he was able to play during his test was the two-button fighter Pocket Rumble and he managed to have some success with Capcom's classic Mega Man 2 within the Legacy Collection after some button remapping. Kotaku said it was also able to get the controller working with Sega AGES Phantasy Star. These tests apparently illustrate how much less flexible this first-party controller is compared to certain third-party offerings.

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