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 the Nintendo Switch Online classic controllers.

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

Interestingly, this added support isn’t included in Apple’s patch notes, but rather was discovered by users online. Steve Troughton-Smith first discovered that the Super Nintendo controller worked, before Mac Stories confirmed that the Nintendo 64 controller works as well. According to the report, the Super Nintendo controller shows up as “SNES Controller” when in pairing mode. It’s safe to assume the Genesis and NES contollers would work in a similar fashion.

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

Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN covering video game and entertainment news. He has over six years of experience in the gaming industry with bylines at IGN, Nintendo Wire, Switch Player Magazine, and Lifewire. Find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.

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