Wireless Adapter Lets You Use a PS4 Controller on Your Classic 8-Bit NES Console

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The original 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System arrived in North American well before wireless standards like Bluetooth or wi-fi were established—it wasn’t until the Gamecube that Nintendo even offered wireless controllers. But thanks to this simple adapter, your original NES can now use them too.

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The Retro Receiver adapter, created by Analogue in collaboration with wireless controller maker 8Bitdo, works with any Nintendo-compatible console featuring the same controller port that the original NES had. So in addition to working with Nintendo’s original 8-bit console hardware, the Retro Receiver should work with hardware emulators as well.

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It doesn’t make the NES’ original boxy controllers wireless, but since it uses Bluetooth, the Retro Receiver allows all of the wireless controllers that 8Bitdo makes to work with your old hardware and games. You can also use most of the the wireless controllers from the PS3, PS4, Wii, and Wii U with the $20 adapter, letting you play your favorite classic games with something that’s far more comfortable to hold.

[Analogue]

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DISCUSSION

geekymitch
geekymitch

This seems...wrong somehow.

I don’t know, maybe my view on retro gaming is a little different: I keep old systems around to introduce the games to my son, in the way that we played them. Little things like having to be tethered to a system kind of add to the allure of retro gaming in my humblest of opinions.

What I really need is more component ports that I can use to connect retro systems so I don’t have to swap them out every time I want to use them. Aint no HDMI for NES, genesis, snes, sega CD, master system etc (though I admit, I’ve not hooked up the master system in probably 20 years)