The Switch N64 controller does not work with anything for the time being

The Switch N64 controller does not work with anything for the time being

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  • Our own Jon Cartwright could get the controller recognised by his PC, but then had trouble getting button inputs to register. This Reddit thread also shares varied experiences, as some players have had limited success while others struggle to get much usable input out of the controller.

  • Of course, emulation technology fans soon tried to utilise the controller on anything other than a Switch, and realised it’s trickier than with previous Nintendo controllers.While the Switch Pro Controller and indeed the previous wireless NES and SNES pads are pretty easy to connect to other devices, the N64 controller is putting up a bit of a fight.

It does seem evident that this N64 controller’s connectivity isn’t standardised; whether this is because Nintendo had to do some bespoke setup to connect to its Switch emulator or if it was an effort to lock out those connecting it to other devices, that’s only known within Nintendo’s walls.


Ultimately, though, our money would be on enthusiast coders and modders getting it working on various systems and emulators down the line. The crux for most of us, though, is that right now it’s not a simple connect and play proposition outside of the Switch Online N64 games.


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