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How to Use Third Party Controllers by 8Bitdo on Nintendo Switch

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Want to use a wireless SNES controller on your Switch? Well now you can! Through a free firmware update selected 8Bitdo controllers can now connect and function perfectly on your Nintendo Switch! Wowsers! Alex is here to tell you how. Download Firmware Update ■ http://support.8bitdo.com Check out our full site ■ http://www.nintendolife.com Like us on Facebook ■ https://www.facebook.com/nintendolife Follow us on Twitter ■ https://www.twitter.com/nintendolife
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MEDUSAvsSHOE (1 month ago)
An unusually poor video from NL. :(
Bjørn Erik Fjeld (2 months ago)
Nintendo or someone : Plz build new joy pads for the: on the go. Its not problem to make just a better version of the on the go joy pads that are on the screen. For pro controller the Screen will be small to use pro controller if not on a TV, so i need new on the Go inbuilded
Migueljr Gonzalez (2 months ago)
+/- is where?
batvr6 (5 months ago)
Galactiac (6 months ago)
It's "8-bit-DOUGH" right? Like "Nin-ten-dough"? Not "8-bit-DEW".
lll lll (6 months ago)
Works with a Xbox one controller?
Kairo Arce (7 months ago)
I’m gonna use my steel series nimbus Bluetooth controller for this
Jedi Knight64 (7 months ago)
Thank you! I just got the SN30 Pro and (going by the manual to "Find Controllers") it would not connect. Going to "Change Grip/Order" solved it!
Goopanook 2 (8 months ago)
Do you need the software
Gonzo (8 months ago)
Doesn’t work anymore after Nintendo did an update.
MxStardust (8 months ago)
Great background song, aquatic ambiance is amazing!
LordTimelord (8 months ago)
I was unable to connect my 8Bitdo NES30 Arcade Stick to my Nintendo Switch after installing the 4.0 Switch Firmware Update. There was a newer Firmware update for the 8Bitdo Joystick that needed to be installed before it would work with my switch again. I wanted to pass this information along in case anyone else is experiencing the same issue! :-)
Sergio Oliva (8 months ago)
Will the PS4 or PS3 controller work on the Switch ?If I download the update software on to the 8bit dongle (http://www.8bitdo.com/retro-receiver-nes/) / (http://www.8bitdo.com/retro-receiver-snes/) that I have already. Will that also do the trick chief ? I don't want to be spending much more money on extra controllers for no reason. Please let me know. Thanks :)
Beware! The new switch update seems to disable these controllers. I've got one, so I decided NOT TO UPDATE yet.
Saul Siordia (9 months ago)
this doesn't on switch new update 4.0.0
iNREEk (9 months ago)
I knew it was too good to be true. :( I updated it and I restarted my switch. And still, nothing. :(
iNREEk (9 months ago)
joseph argueta forgot to update. I got it. U have to press the power button and the y or x button I forgot which one so it flashes blue. It wasn't flashing blue for me. So it wouldn't connect. But I go it now lol
joseph argueta (9 months ago)
Henry what do you mean? it works flawlessly for me, did you install the correct firmware? did you try pairing it properly?
iNREEk (9 months ago)
thank you so much. i just got the nes 30 and i couldnt figure out what was wrong. i hope thi firmare update really works
The Nostalgia Factor (9 months ago)
NES30 controller doesn't work with these instructions when attempting to connect to the Nintendo Switch.
joseph argueta (9 months ago)
The Nostalgia Factor you gotta goto "change controller/grip order" and THEN turn on your nes30/snes30 pro controllers, after you turn them on with switch mode enabled you gotta spam l and r for the switch to recognize it
Gambit (10 months ago)
I had a REALLY hard time playing street fighter 2 with the controller pro (Dpad feels a bit weird) and I simply can't play with the joycons those thinds are a nightmare for me. I just installed my snes controller from 8bitdo and I can confirm this is by far THE BEST controller for playing SF2 Ultra on the switch (or any platformer) no lag whatsoever best Dpad (I still have my old snes to compare with SF 2 and SF2 Turbo and I can honestly say this controller is freaking amazing)
atomic doomsday58 (10 months ago)
They must make a sega Saturn and n64 Bluetooth controllers
Zachary O'Connell (10 months ago)
common rider (11 months ago)
Does it work on ps4?
Nebula Lotus (11 months ago)
If i install the firmware on another 3rd party controller, will it work aswell? (Wii u pro controller)
Nick Pancione (11 months ago)
I got one and it worked for awhile but now every time it tries to connect my switch crashes
Jacen’s gaming channel (11 months ago)
Well me and my mom's friend can finally bond about street fighter 2 he can use retro controller and I use a arcade stick.
Stryfe Dragon (11 months ago)
Does anyone know if you can do this but with using a pure USB Snes controller instead?
Arlisbloxer05 (11 months ago)
hmm.. i wonder if i could use a PS4 controller this way...
Does it work for Zelda breath of the wild ?
joseph argueta (9 months ago)
Game Theories For Your Thoughts yes, tested and it works great unless you hit the shrine which requires motion control
atomic doomsday58 (1 year ago)
This will be good for some classic styled games!
Goldmario79 (1 year ago)
This has to be the WORST video on pairing the NES30 to the Switch I have ever seen! Mine was sync'd for two days and now no matter what I do Switch wont recognize it.
joseph argueta (9 months ago)
Goldmario79 you gotta reset the controllers pairing by holding start for 8 seconds (or holding the secondary function button for 8 seconds on the nes/snes pro)
Miadaskate (1 year ago)
Oh man; can't wait to get these for Switch's eventual Virtual Console!
latuman (1 year ago)
Has anyone gotten more than one controller to work with the Switch at a time? In other words, has anyone successfully played Mario Kart local multiplayer with this?
joseph argueta (9 months ago)
latuman played mario kart 8 D 2 player only using 8bitdo controllers, binding of issac 4 player (2 joycons and 2 8bitdo), rayman legends demo also 4 player, botw, pacman 3 player, and pokken also only using 8bitdo controllers. i have had no delay/lag issues what-so-ever but syncing is probably the only truely difficult part as you gotta enter the "changed pairing/grip order screen" and THEN you turn on your 8bitdo controller to switch mode, after you set it to switch mode and your switch prompts you spam L and R for a little while, the switch needs to recognize the controller as a switch controller insted if a 3rd party controller (which is why it takes longer), hope this helps! EDIT: Every 8bitdo controller has a specific way of entering certain modes, check online to find the button combinations or check the text file included with your firmware update tool
latuman (9 months ago)
joseph argueta what multi-player games you've played with local multi-player and did you notice any lag?
joseph argueta (9 months ago)
latuman yes iv also played rayman legends demo, pokkentour, and botw
Dr.DankMemes (1 year ago)
in the title I thought you were PewDiePie
breland warmack (1 year ago)
I have been having issues with my snes controller connecting to my Switch over the past couple days anybody have any solutions?
joseph argueta (9 months ago)
breland warmack reset your controllers pairing info by pressing and holding the secondary function button for 8 seconds i think
Juan Pablo Rojas (1 year ago)
I feel like he glossed over the boring, CRUCIAL details. I have the controller blinking, and am in "Change Grip/Order" but am lost after that. Pressing LR doesn't do anything. Help, please?
Juan Pablo Rojas (1 year ago)
Thank you for the quick reply! I got it to pair. It was the Y+START part I was missing. In 4.0, the PRO version has a pairing button that needs pressing after the 4 rapid blinks on the bottom right of the controller. I hope this helps others. Happy gaming!
Nintendo Life (1 year ago)
Since the 3.0 update it can be more temperamental. Try turning it on with Y + Start, then when it's blinking in 4 short bursts, hold Select until it starts flashing more rapidly. This is a more default 'pairing mode' and it should hopefully get it to connect. Good luck!
Niklassen (1 year ago)
Mario kart 8 deluxe is great with that controller! At least it is for me.
Justin Y. (1 year ago)
he looks like pewdiepie
Jokerwolf (1 year ago)
8bit (doh) not (doo) it is clearly a play on words with Nintendo, I am not sure who Nintendoo is.
Jokerwolf (1 year ago)
Nintendo Life I am just giving you a hard time haha.
Nintendo Life (1 year ago)
Boot up one of their wireless speakers and get back to me.
PICT[/.\]CHAT (1 year ago)
2:41 Not good for MK8DE because of no analog movements? Bruh. I played the original MK8 2 years ago and it was much better to firehop/demon slide/softdrift with the CCPro's Dpad. I just couldn't use the analog stick. My finger went everywhere.
Tardus89 (1 year ago)
Who did that aquatic ambience cover?
FontofInspiration (1 year ago)
Mario Kart 8 is actually pretty awesome with the SFC30 / SNES30. For some reason I played better with the SNES controller than the official pro controller.
Pauli Diebold (1 year ago)
i bought the nes 30 pro
Andres Sanchez (1 year ago)
Dei Hendrik (1 year ago)
I was hoping xbox controller or steam controller can work on the switch.
Donkey Kong Fan (1 year ago)
I love the music you put in this video! :D
chillzone (1 year ago)
If only the n64 controller had a y button and a select button
CM Yoshi (1 year ago)
I really want a GameCube controller to work on the switch
Nyah Senai (1 year ago)
You can buy new SNES controllers!? AAAAAAAAAAAAHHH! Man, I love the first world.
andrew bryce (1 year ago)
cant update the FW. USB update button just remains greyed out
joseph argueta (9 months ago)
andrew bryce your usb cable is fucked, i had the same issue till i got a brand new cable
Mario C (1 year ago)
Beautiful Donkey Kong Country music
TheTuxpeng (1 year ago)
Wish they made a GC style controller
StormRider2 (1 year ago)
quick question does anyone know if Nintendo will fix the battery issues in a firmware update? it's giving wrong percentage readings.
Donald Drumpf (1 year ago)
Ultimate VC controller.
iCach0 (1 year ago)
It's pronounced 8bitdo, like Nintendo. Not 8bitdoo.
joemann7971 (1 year ago)
Ate bit dough
Don Degracia (1 year ago)
And don't forget super bomber man r
THE MADD OX (1 year ago)
Has anyone els noticed that the NL in the beginning the L dosent go down the N does now???
Sam Thomas (1 year ago)
does anyone else have the nes30 and can't put the controller in "update mode"? i've tried holding L+R before holding start + L+R for 10 sec. I need help
ShinG (1 year ago)
you hold power and pair not L R and start
Isaac Cannonball (1 year ago)
If u had 2 switches with the same account, then u pay for a game on one of them, can u get said game for free on the other switch?
Chase (1 year ago)
Are they officially licensed?
joseph argueta (9 months ago)
Chase no but this company does very durable and nice feeling controllers, its not just a sticker or anything cheap its a full on paint job
Millso Gaming (1 year ago)
Does the N64 controller work with MK8 Deluxe?
joemann7971 (1 year ago)
I dont think so. I looked at their site, an the N64 controller doesnt have the newest firmware like the other ones. Maybe you could contact them to see if they could update it, but since it's so vastly different from the others, it might not get updated.
Syntherus (1 year ago)
Just wait for Virtual Console. I can finally play A Link To the Past on a proper controller.
Marc CP (1 year ago)
ohhh nice
James Toomer (1 year ago)
Now you can play Shovel Knight with an NES controller, and significantly easier than doing so with the WiiU (where you had to use a Wiimote and the NES Classic controller)
Linklinklink32 (1 year ago)
This is perfect for people how can't afford an original controller since joy-con are very expensive. Thanks for bringing us this amazing tutorial.
John van Capel (1 year ago)
Quick note, 8bitdo does make a full-button controller called the NES30 Pro Crissaegrim (There's a reskin of that in Famicom colors as well. Same controller, also works.). That will work with any game not requiring motion controls, as it does have analog sticks.
joseph argueta (9 months ago)
Average Dave (1 year ago)
Work with MK8D? That was the question I wanted answered. Sweet. Might be poor, but beats having to buy a $90 controller for that extra third person :)
joemann7971 (1 year ago)
yeah, and you dont have to do any weird "Down+Select" to get the home functionality. It has a power and a sync button at the bottom that double as a home button and snapshot button. The only issue I've noticed is the controller crashes if you accidentally enable anything related to amiibo, such as the amiibo rune on botw. So, hopefully they patch that out so it doesn't hang, or just avoid doing anything related to amiibo.
Average Dave (1 year ago)
Definitely a good idea!
joemann7971 (1 year ago)
You should get the NES30Pro. It has the full functionality of the pro controller, minus motion controls, NFC and HD rumble. It's only like another $10 and totally worth the extra money for it.
Matt (1 year ago)
I have to say, this is a great idea on their part. When VC comes into circulation, these will sell like hotkakes.
Victor Velazquez (1 year ago)
Just picked up 2 at my local frys for $59.
Jay F (1 year ago)
That old school Donkey Kong tune tho!👌🏽😍
Johno Daz (1 year ago)
Quality video NL. I've gotta get me a SNES controller asap :-D.
DJ XCDR (1 year ago)
too bad the D-pad of these controllers are terrible
Deadly Squid (1 year ago)
can I also use my 3ds plz tell
Trygve Nomeland (1 year ago)
Nathan Wookey (1 year ago)
can you get the snes controller in its proper colours? Rather than the purple shit!
joseph argueta (9 months ago)
Nathan Wookey yes, dunno why you dissin the purple tho, personally i own both but i like how the purple looks on it
The Yore Dragon (1 year ago)
johnson SC (1 year ago)
i chanuge you to use nes contorll to play arms( bad english sorry)
Miles Away (1 year ago)
Man, a gamecube controller would be GREAT.
Gesoro_OW (1 day ago)
Miles Away boi i got news for u
jjatr (7 months ago)
Are you from the future?
Miles Away (1 year ago)
justin rivera yeah but you can't do anything because triggers don't work, dpad doesn't work, c stick doesn't work.
First Name Last Name (1 year ago)
Miles Away gamecube controllers sorta work but 1 this is not approved by nintendo and 2 you have to have the mayflash gamecube adapter for Wii u 3 the analog stick acts as a dpad
Mishpãré Urśhjìlk (1 year ago)
I imagine the wii u adapter could be reworked for use with the dock, isn't it convenient how there are two usb ports on the side?
HeySkeeter287 (1 year ago)
Awesome DK Country music selection!
Stup ID (1 year ago)
Nintendo! Give me my Virtual Console!
Rhombus Labs (1 year ago)
Does anyone know if there's a Gamecube controller knockoff compatible with Switch?
irregular mana (1 year ago)
I've been waiting for this!!! thanks 😁
S C (1 year ago)
The background music is so familiar...which game is it from?
Ben L (1 year ago)
Aquatic ambiance! Nice!
Admiral Saac (1 year ago)
Cool, I was wondering how I was supposed to do that.
it's just a rob that they skips WiiU functionality. that's a bit frustrating
joseph argueta (9 months ago)
Marc-Antoine Pelletier it has wiiu functionallity, its hidden within the wii mode firmware
garvensman (1 year ago)
Virtual Console, Blaster Master, Wonder Boy, all the SNK Arcade games.. yes.. just yes please! Awesome.
Legend of Linki (1 year ago)
Will it work with snniperclips?
joseph argueta (9 months ago)
Legend of Linki yes lol
Spikerderp (1 year ago)
You can get a pro 8bitdo I have one it works like a pro controller
Majora-Flash (1 year ago)
What`s the music?
SandalPower (1 year ago)
but can i connect wired controllers to my switch?
Ka Mi (1 year ago)
Thanks for installation tips & advice.
AlextremeGamer4 (1 year ago)
my name is alex too, LOLOLOOLLOLOL
D-TRO (1 year ago)
Regret buying the pro controller. Should of got more joycons or this 😭
Cayden Stewart (1 year ago)
I'm getting this when virtual console comes out (hopefully this E3!)
Nintenjam (1 year ago)
nintendo life, the channel that has no original content and copies other channels
Kevin Cruz (1 year ago)
Imagine the fightstick of 8bitdo on street fighter
katasiapa (1 year ago)
Suddenly the 8bitdo controller sold out everywhere :(
T B (1 year ago)
8bitdo makes a dual analog stick snes controller also which is better than the one shown in the video
joseph argueta (9 months ago)
It probably is objectively better but that nostalgia man...
TheDrewSaga (1 year ago)
TheSillyMoose (1 year ago)
Does that mean 8bitdo's Nintendo 64 Controller would work, then? I don't know, because I have neither the controller nor a Switch, but that's the way I'd want to play Super Mario Odyssey.
Marfik2 (4 months ago)
With the worst controller ever created? Well it's your hand, not mine
Chappy Swearingen (1 year ago)
Can you sync two of these at the same time?
Nintendo Life (1 year ago)
Absolutely! Nice name by the by.

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