Remember the Super Nintendo mouse? It was originally designed for the 1992 release Mario Paint and was eventually made compatible with multiple other games on the system. The system's predecessor – the NES – didn't ever receive an official accessory like this, but now, after 34 years, there's at least a mouse inspired by the classic system.
Introducing the 8BitDo N30 – a 2.4GHz wireless computer mouse for Windows and Mac that looks like a Nintendo Entertainment System controller and is available right now for US$24.99. The rubber pad A and B buttons act as the main mouse buttons, a 3D touch panel in between makes scrolling a breeze, and the D-Pad on the side helps with navigation.
If this design looks familiar, that's most likely because you've seen the original mock-ups that have been doing the rounds online for a long time now. 8BitDo decided to collaborate with the Swedish industrial designer Daniel Jansson this year, after seeing the "true value" in his original concept to turn it into a real product.
The mouse requires a single AA battery and can run on this for 100-120 hours, according to the 8BitDo website. Do you think you would be interested in using this mouse? Tell us below.
That’s... very odd. I’m not sure how to really feel about it.
How did that get passed QA?
"and the D-Pad on the side helps with navigation"
Helps with? Or is the primary navigation tool?
@arekdougy If so, this thing would be a nightmare to use.
I get the nostalgia factor, but this just doesn't look comfortable.
@arekdougy The website says the D-pad is for Page-up/down, fortunately.
Although I'm not sure what "Forward/Upward" means for the left-right inputs.
@WaffleKnight It's all so unclear lol
this looks like a cool thing to have, not as an actual mouse you'd want to use day in day out.
Looks even more uncomfortable then the original Macintosh box mouse.
No thanks I'll stick with my existing gaming mouse
Looks cool. But changed to a Vertical Mouse this year at work - never going bAck. And my MMO gaming mouse has 12 buttons for the always required PC overkill 🙄
If I had the money to burn I'd buy it just for the laughs. However, I don't. I'll buy it once I have all the other stuff I want.
8bitdo must've mistakenly ordered too many d-pads. First they put two more than is necessary on each of their Switch Lite controllers, and now they're sticking one on a mouse... 😮
If I buy this, will it make me a pro player?
Nice little novelty item, not sure if it's very practical. Good job, 8bitdo.
NOW MAKE THIRD PARTY JOY-CON
@WaffleKnight That simply means forward/backward as in a webpage, pressing the forward or backward buttons in your browser.
Eh the one I used wasn't exactly pleasant.
Contemporary "Design" is when you take a thing and make it look slightly different to and slightly less useful than the thing it was originally.
@mlj11 if only they put one on a joycon
BEST. MOUSE. EVER.
As a Lefty this wont work at all. Totally sucks!!! I give this a 1/10. Unusable. Avoid. Lazy effort not to include a left handed version.
Looks cool, but not very practical or comfortable to use.
@Moistnado I know right?!
@Priceless_Spork I am also left handed but understand that it makes economic sense for manufacturers to ignore me. I wouldnt worry though, it looks pretty useless for right handed people too.
Better not ignore me if you want my money. Also, it's not that we're not catered to as much as descriminated against. There are 2 types of mouse users. Left handed and right handed. Yet only one type is manufactured.
As awesome as it looks, I prefer functionality over fashion. I'll stick with my mouse that contains a scroll wheel and more intuitive main and side buttons.
Look fantastic! I would have bought this if I had a computer.
Looks cool...but not really ergonomic
I think that mouse version of GameCube controller would be more ergonomic due to the more oval shape
It might have use for playing NES games with one hand, although it's lacking the necessary start and select buttons.
Lefties are out of luck though.
There are other ways to go retro, outside of Nintendo. A wireless Amiga mouse, for example, would be cool!
Looks cool as heck.
I really like 8bitdo's stuff but that does not look like the most ergonomic thing on earth.
This looks useless, I want it
Great idea but poor design! How could they NOT put the trademark NES Controller gray-on-black rounded rectangles along the top of the mouse?!? Leaving most of the top bare is just weak.
A must have for me as soon as I find a reseller in Germany.
Now I just need a three pronged N64 mouse for maximum nostalgia ;]
I'm guessing there will be no left handed version
So, does it work with their RetroReciever products for use on the SNES?
You really plan to use this ergonomic nightmare then ?
The D-pad will do one thing.
It wil get in your way.
It's something to have and to display, not to use.
Not sure how you derived that I said that. But no, this thing sucks. I couldnt use it even if I wanted to.
Form follows function. It's a mouse I cant use. As for displaying a mouse that cant be used, why? Its just crap on my shelf at that point.
It looks like I'm in a minority in thinking that the controller actually looks practical and useful to me. My first inclination on seeing it was that it looked awkward, but as I read the article and saw that it had a touch scroll, I was intrigued. Having used the Apple Magic Mouse on the Mac, it's one of the main things I miss since I've since abandoned Apple for Windows. That ability to inertia scroll through webpages was great. Yes, I have a mouse with a frictionless scroll wheel, but it still does not work as well as just flicking my finger on a touch mouse. Also, the D-pad while seeming silly at first, looks like it would actually be an intuitive use thumb buttons. That same gaming mouse I have has two buttons for the thumbs, then two for my index finger, but I always have to think a second which button I'm feeling for (or looking). A d-pad actually seems straight forward in feeling up, down, left, right. I probably wouldn't use the mouse for gaming, but I think it'd come in handy for working on the computer. But, it seems, that's just me.
Delivery fee of $18?! I'll wait for Amazon to get some more
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