One of the best ways to experience Nintendo's Switch Online retro library is with authentic wireless controllers.
If you've not been able to get your hands on the SNES or Sega Genesis wireless controllers just yet though, the good news is that they're now both back in stock on Nintendo's official websites in North America.
The SNES controller will set you back $29.99 USD and the Sega Genesis control pad is priced at $49.99. NES controllers are also in stock and are priced at $59.99 for a two-pack. Unfortunately, N64 controllers appear to still be out of stock.
In order to purchase these controllers, you'll need to be subscribed to the Switch Online service and located in North America.
I’m rubbing my hands together waiting for that n64 restock. The genesis controllers for NA are trash and I have no idea why they won’t give us the 6 buttons like they do in Japan. I mean they did release here in NA originally too 🙃
Got my Genesis controller! Now hopefully the N64 controllers won't be far behind.
Still waiting on the n64 controllers. The fact the notifications came out AFTER they were out of stock and it has been 5 months since then? Utterly pathetic.
Not the Genesis 3-button! Nooooooo! 😵
I might grab me a Genesis controller if they ever add Rocket Knight. But I still waiting for the N64 controller to come back into stock.
I've held off playing n64 waiting on the controller coming back in stock. Banjo was so difficult to control I decided to wait on everything else
The SNES controller was back in stock in the UK last week, luckily I got one
Great what about the N64!
I can't wait to buy me the Nintendo 64 Controller!
Need them N64 pads now!!! I don't understand why its taking so long.
I'm waiting to buy an N64 controller and a Genesis controller together, to save on shipping. But if I can only get an N64 controller, I'll probably snap it up.
I never liked the Genesis controllers. They were too friggin' big and the D-Pad disc was way too easy to press the wrong direction. I remember there were racing games where left & right steered, and up and down shifted gears. It was so easy to accidentally switch gears when steering those games were unplayable. But I still want the controller for nostalgia sake.
Let's hope for a new N64 shipment!
@NL, make sure you announce when the N64 controllers are available.
They're the ones we want!
"Unfortunately, N64 controllers appear to still be out of stock."
And they're the ones I'd like to have so damn bad
Because Sega has a Contract with Retrobit, they have the Licence to make them.
Want a official Sega Controller? -> Retrobit
It is cheaper and doesn't have the Nintendo Tax.
Topic: I recommend the Controllers from 8Bitdo, they're usable for many Devices and have a very good Quality.
I plumped for licensed 6 button megadrive ones. I have two snes and two nes just waiting on those elusive n64 ones….
I bought the snes one on sale and it's been great. Far better and less painful than the nes one.
@Strictlystyles I think that generally, if you're just a normal player. these controllers aren't really worth it. The SNES controller has the same buttons as most switch controllers. N64 is the only one that I believe is worth it.
I came here to post about how the one I really want is the N64 controller.
So, its not just me, huh?
I have the 8bitdo SNES style controller that really scratches the itch for retro D-Pad controllers. There are options for 3rd party N64 controllers, but the official Nintendo ones are actually a solid choice.
I feel bad because I already managed to nab an N64 controller last time they popped up months ago, but I want ANOTHER ONE for the one or two times a year that I have someone over who wants to play a multiplayer N64 game. I realize that there are those who need it more than I, but if they're not habitually refreshing Wario64's Twitter account at all times of the day, then do they REALLY deserve it over me?
I snagged a SNES controller! I hadn't been able to do so in the past, so I'm super excited I work up early this morning.
@Azuris not entirely true as I rember sega announcing the mini before the retro it deal and also I think that deal is for NA And globally all controllers were 3 button . We don’t know the truth for sure but what I do know is I hate it here.
I have all of the NSO controllers. They're really top notch. It adds to the experience being able to play these classics with the controllers they were designed around.
The pricing model is horrible. I would pay half the asking price for the Genesis pad
Wireless controllers kind of suck.
I’ve been keeping an eye on the site for quite sometime and I was able to purchase a pair of both the SNES and Genesis pads. I bought the pair of NES ones when they were on sale a couple of months back.
now I’m waiting for the N64 ones to restock like everyone else here…
…and yes, what’s the deal with the pricing on the Genesis pads?!
Honestly, this is a far better controller. No, this is not an affiliate link; I've just been using 8-bit do controllers for years:
Yeah, no. If you want that SNES feel, get an 8bitdo controller. I even prefer their SN30 Pro+ over the Switch Pro. It's been my go to controller for years. I'm sure their Genesis style controller is better as well.
@BloodNinja That's the one!
Genesis controller is priced higher because both Sega and Nintendo need to make money on it. Nintendo doesn’t have to share profits on the SNES pad.
@BloodNinja not the same thing at all, not even the models that use the same snes mold. 8bitdo uses the modern clicky feel. The snes controller is spongy, feels totally different.
For some reason the OG membranes are borderline impossible to find, probably even for 8bitdo.
No way a Genesis controller should cost that much, I'm amazed if they've been out of stock at that price!
@abdias I didn't say they were the same. I said the 8 bit do is BETTER. Literally in every way.
I honestly forgot about these. Just grabbed an SNES. Thanks!
8bit controller suck a bit for me
I’m still waiting on the UK getting a SNES controller restock I always feel like I’m never gonna get one
Ordered a superNes one. Been waiting a while for it to become avail again. Really want the N64 one.
Actually, i prefer a N64 mini instead this imitation, with 2 controllers and a nice n64 miniature in box
I really hope I don’t end up having to pay scalper prices for the N64 controllers. Cause I’ll do it…….. . . . . .I’ll do it.
@Kvnc77 That might explain it being a tad higher, not $20.
@BloodNinja you can say 8bitdo is better, it's is subjective, but the clicly membranes are inaccurate, that's objectively true. There are people who cares about accuracy there are the ones who don't.
There are fools like me that never stopped playing snes since it was current gen, so for fools like us, 8bitdo is just wrong (for snes, for switch games I use it a lot).
@abdias It feels close enough, 8bitdo is the way to go if you want to use it on more systems and with emulation and in that regard it is better.
It is a shame Nintendo aren't focusing on making more n64 controllers instead of these ones though.
@abdias Sounds like you may have had a defective controller, ‘cause I’ve never had accuracy issues with an 8bit do controller.
@BloodNinja 8bitdo is inaccurate in representing the original snes controller feeling, I don't know if a wrote wrong or something. I never said they're inaccurate in sending inputs or something like that.
@abdias Oh, ok. I thought you were talking about inputs!
@KayFiOS Is it worth $20 more than the SNES controller?
@Crono1973 Depends on how I use it. I'll probably be using it with my PC for Genesis emulation for games not on NSO, or for Sonic 1 Forever/Sonic 2 Absolute/Sonic 3 Angel Island Revisited. Anyway, I tried getting a refund, since it was an impulse-purchase, but Nintendo has no easy way to cancel orders because they don't know how to do anything online, let alone run their own store, so I may as well make the most of my mistake.
@KayFiOS 8bitdo M30 is the way to go if you are doing emulation 100%. 3 buttons won't cut it.
Does anybody else think it's absolutely insane that Nintendo came out with the Switch, the console with the worst d-pad of all time, offers tons of great 2D games that need it, then makes you buy a subscription package just for a chance at buying a reproduction of older controllers with actual, functional d-pads.
I got the SNES Switch controller last year when I got my Switch because it was impossible to play Ori and Ori 2 without hitting the down direction on the Pro controller, making the game almost unplayable, or very unenjoyable. Now I got a great d-pad, but I still need the analog sticks to get to certain parts of the that particular game! It's just crazy to me that the inventors of the greatest d-pad of all time, the NES d-pad, won't make a modern controller with it, when it's been desperately needed for years(I do love every PlayStation d-pad, also perfect).
Kind of ironic of the N64 controller, the laughing stock of many in the retro community including me, now use that d-pad and it's amazing, it's great. Not perfect, but absolutely great. For all the 8 or so games that actually used it for movement, it surprised me. Very curious to how the new reproduction N64 controller's d-pad will feel, should be good for 2D games, better than a Pro.
I was looking forward to purchase a Sega Genesis control pad for my Nintendo switch and it looks like they are all out and I wish they can restock them again.
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