Nintendo’s Classic Game Controllers Now Work on Apple Devices

The Super Nintendo controller is one of the best video game controllers of all time, and thanks to the latest iOS update, you can now use the classic gamepad on your Apple devices. First reported by MacStories, iOS and tvOS 16.1 now includes support for classic Nintendo Switch Online controllers.

Nintendo has released four classic controllers for the Nintendo Switch. All four are still listed on the Nintendo Online Store, but they appear and go out of stock frequently. The four controllers available are from the Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo 64 and SEGA Genesis.

Interestingly, this added support is not included in Apple’s patch notes, but users have discovered it online. Steve Troughton-Smith first discovered that the Super Nintendo controller worked before Mac Stories confirmed that the Nintendo 64 controller worked as well. According to the report, the Super Nintendo controller shows up as “SNES Controller” in pairing mode. It’s safe to assume that the Genesis and NES controllers will work in a similar fashion.

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An earlier iOS update released in June added support for the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con and Pro Controllers, so after this update you can pretty much use any Switch controller you like on your Apple devices. It follows in the footsteps of Steam, which also includes support for Nintendo controllers.

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Apple iOS Update Adds Support For Switch Online Classic Controllers

Companies are constantly adding support for various wireless devices and drivers, and this time it’s Apple’s turn. The latest iOS 16.1 update has added support for classic Nintendo Switch Online controllers.

Based on testing so far, the SNES and N64 wireless controllers seem to work. It has not yet been confirmed if the same applies to the NES and Sega Genesis / Mega Drive wireless controllers. Here’s a preview of this new feature for iOS 16.1, courtesy of developer Steven Troughton-Smith on Twitter: These wireless controllers are supported on iOS, iPadOS 16.1, macOS 13, and tvOS 16.1. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the company add support for classic and current Nintendo controllers. Valve’s Steam client beta recently added Joy-Con support. It’s also previously added support for the Switch Pro Controller and classic controllers.

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