These NES, SNES, 64, and Mega Drive controller iterations are officially supported by Valve’s platform. Is it real that you can now use your Switch’s retro controllers to play Steam games?
Thanks to a recent update, your Steam games will now support those adorable retro Switch controllers that you can only get if you are a Switch Online subscriber.
If you recall, Nintendo has announced over the years that various classic system controls will work with Nintendo Switch Online to play games from earlier eras as accurately as possible. They have so far released drivers for the SEGA Mega Drive, NES, SNES, Nintendo 64, and Nintendo 64, but they can now also be used on Steam.
They are NES, SNES, 64, and Mega Drive clones. The Verge has received confirmation from a Valve platform official that the Steam update of July 27 did indeed add support for retro Nintendo controllers, specifically for the four we have mentioned.
The same patch also improves PS5 DualSense support and adds support for various joysticks designed for use in fighting games, but the biggest novelty is undoubtedly being able to use the original Nintendo Switch controllers in games that only need a few buttons, given their design.
Adds support for Nintendo Online classic controllers
The most recent patch notes from Valve covertly state that Steam now “adds support for Nintendo Online classic controllers.” You’re familiar with them; they’re exact replicas of the controllers from the NES, SNES, N64, and Sega Genesis. As previously mentioned, you can only purchase them if you have an active Nintendo Switch Online subscription. The latter two, however, are technically unavailable because they are all sold out.
The Verge confirmed that the most recent Steam update allows you to use your Switch Online NES, SNES, N64, and Sega Genesis controllers to play Steam games now, just in case you want to play your favorite retro games with era-appropriate hardware. Nevertheless, Steam’s language in the patch notes does leave some room for interpretation.
This allows you to use the same controllers you used as a child to play several games that were first available on those older Nintendo platforms and are now available on Steam. Modern controllers or mouse-and-keyboard setups simply can’t take the place of those dated grey gamepads, and PC players no longer have to make the effort.
The PS5 controller can be used with more recent PC games if you follow these instructions for connecting your DualSense via Bluetooth or wired.
These controllers are available from My Nintendo Store and are designed for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers who receive retro NES and Super Nintendo games every month. However, those who purchase the expansion pack also gain access to retro Nintendo 64 games and Mega Drive games.
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