Wireless NES Controllers Announced for Switch

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Nintendo has announced wireless Nintendo Entertainment System-era controllers for the Nintendo Switch,

You read that right – the new controllers are only compatible with their lineup of NES games, and they’ll be exclusive to Nintendo Switch Online members to purchase.

Pricing is set at $59.99 for a set of two controllers, and pre-purchasing will go live on September 18th. Shipments are currently scheduled to go out sometime in December of this year.

Here’s another look at the pads:

What’s more, you have to theoretically be a Nintendo Switch Online member to even use the controllers – as the only games you can use them with are the classic NES games released via the Nintendo Switch Online service.

Pricing and details for that were also confirmed today – you can read more about that here.

Here’s a rundown on the controllers:

With a Nintendo Switch Online membership, you can play enhanced NES™ games the way they’re meant to be played—using Nintendo Entertainment System-style controllers!

Key Features:
  • Rechargeable Battery – Attach the controllers to the Nintendo Switch™ system to charge them
  • Two Controllers – Available as a set of two controllers for competitive and cooperative fun
    • Limit one purchase per Nintendo Account with paid Nintendo Switch Online individual or family membership. Offer not available for trial membership.

The Nintendo Switch Online service goes live September 18th.

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