NES Joycons for Nintendo Switch!

NES Joycons for Nintendo Switch!


– [TV Narrator] What’s it like to play the Nintendo Entertainment System (Upbeat Music Plays) – [Man] Earlier this year
Nintendo launched their online services for switch
members and as part of that they included the ability
to give players access to a number of classic NES games that can be played in one or two player and it’s a list that’s a little small but slowly growing and as part of that Nintendo sold these
limited NES controllers for the Switch. When I say limited I mean limited you can only buy these from
Nintendo’s online store or even then you must be subscribed to Nintendo Switch Online and on top of that it’s limit one per customer
though you do get them in a pair as you can see right here, and the idea here is
exactly what you imagine it’s an NES controller
that’s designed well to work for the Switch. So at face value just looking at the front this is straight up an
NES controller design and the only real major differences are well first off it’s a
little heavier because there’s actual wireless tech in here it’s something a little more advanced than old school NES controller, and the biggest visual difference is what you can see on the top where it actually has the joy-con style railing so you can slot this on
the side of the Switch the only reason you would
ever need to is to ether sync it or to charge it. But it does also give
you to an L and R button which add a little extra functionality that you need in order to get the most out of using it with your system. Now with the approach of
making these super limited it’s seems like Nintendo’s
leaning much more towards treating these as
kind of collector items rather than actual functional controllers that you can just walk
down to a store and buy and that makes sense for a lot of reasons. I mean it is a cool functional joy-con but it’s not exactly fully functional in the normal sense. For instance you are
missing a very large number of buttons you don’t have a home one a screen capture you don’t have X or Y you’re missing basically everything you would need to play anything outside of the simplest of NES retro games which is how Nintendo
very heavily markets it. But there’s actually a
couple little surprises about it that you wouldn’t expect. The biggest being a fact that well Nintendo does say “hey
this is really only limited for NES games” which is partially true because once again not a lot of buttons. You actually can use this
with other Switch games it’s not necessarily a good idea because you’re missing a lot of stuff but there are small
handful of retro styled games that only need two or three buttons one of them being a shoulder that you can use this on. For instance I tried
this out on Tower Fall and it has everything you need a shoulder button for dashing a jump button an attack button and I actually found it
to be more comfortable then using a single joy
con side ways because while retro controllers aren’t exactly the most comfortable designs out there, it’s still bigger and better than using a tiny little joy-con
squished up like this. Now once again this isn’t
really designed for that and while you can play the game using it the lack of home button means that if you wanna actually exit
and switch to another game or do anything beyond actively playing it you need to pick up another controller so, it’s not really a functional choice if you wanna play anything
outside of NES games but thankfully Nintendo
did address the issues of lack of buttons in
that app specifically. When using this for app it’s intended for the NES system on the Switch It actually remaps some
of the buttons to where you’re able to use it
still as a fully functional joy-con for instance the L and R buttons will now act as a screen
capture and home button and hitting them simultaneously will work the same as
using the ZL and ZR buttons on normal joy-cons which allows you to access things like
saving or loading different save states or of course going back to the game selection
menu which is you know kinda important. One interesting little addition to that I don’t think Nintendo
actually officially announced anywhere is the fact that when you are using this
controller with the NES app it actually changes the
sound effects as well to match up with an old
school Nintendo system as opposed to the more kind of updated Switch sound effects. (Old School Nintendo Sounds) (Legend Of Zelda menu theme plays) (Donkey Kong menu theme plays) Simply put this is awesome. it’s definitely a collectors item as Nintendo’s kinda marketing
it and how they’re limiting all the quantities. I don’t think it’s anything people need to rush out and buy right away because they just wanna have
an NES style controller but if you’re a collector and you enjoy the concept of playing the retro games on your Switch. This is a great idea
and I think it’s a step in the right direction because the way Nintendo’s been
treating the emulation on the Switch so far, It could be better and this is I think one of first idea’s that
really starts to click and show better attention to that. Back when they first launched the emulator on the Switch one of my big complaint’s was the fact that it’s a really cool idea, and it’s something that
I think fans really want but Nintendo wasn’t really treating it the right way. I mean yeah it’s great that we have some really big name games on there like Legend Of Zelda and Super Mario Brothers 3 and I think there’s
some really cool idea’s they’ve experimented with like adding the special
edition vodes of them like being able to play
Zelda with all the items right away but at the same time it’s a really limited library and it kinda feels like it’s
just not quite enough even though it is just
a perk to add on top of what should be an online only service. Honestly I really think
that instead of being a perk associated with
Nintendo Switch Online, the library if NES games should be it’s own separate side perk that you’re ether buying stuff
individually permanently or it’s separate subscription
with a larger list of games available and
having a separately sold controller like this I
think ties into that idea so much better because it’s
not just the situation of oh you just signed up for online good job do you also want maybe this
controller that goes with this? It’s like no here’s this
separate service that’s for dedicated retro fans
and here is an awesome accessory for it and I
think that just makes a better pitch overall. And there really is a
market for this I mean even look at other accessory’s
that have been made by third party companies like 8BitDo. They’ve made a line of
different NES controllers that kind of are a
combination of something that’s funtional;useful for modern games but features that kind
of retro style systems, and I think this acts as
a very strong competitor for that. Obviously you don’t
wanna use this in games outside of just the NES emulator. But if your goal is to just capture that old school retro feeling
while playing those old school games on the switch, this does an amazing job at that. Again I think this an
awesome collectors item, I don’t necessarily think
you need to rush out and buy one if you just
want a functional controller for your switch but if
you love the retro stuff on the system and you
really have high hopes like me like Nintendo’s going to shape it up and make it
truly live up to it’s potential this is a great
step in the right direction.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *