Gaming has changed since those days when you would run home as the school day ended, blow on your cartridge of Super Mario World and pop it into your Super Nintendo for a weekend of bliss.
It's still mind blowing that what was once a big gray box that sat in front of your TV can be played in the palm of your hands via your mobile phone. Phones today are strong enough to run those games of old and more through a variety of means. But there was still something missing. Something that a touchscreen could not emulate. The tactile feedback of clicky buttons, or the responsive nature of a solid D-pad. That's where 8bitdo comes in.
8bitdo released a series of bluetooth gamepad controllers that look and feel like the old SNES and SuperFamiCom controllers from back in the day. From the flat finish gray body, to the rubbery shoulder buttons. A sense of nostalgia is immediately present the moment you grab these controllers.
Not only do the SNES30 and SFC30 bluetooth controllers look good but they also function pretty well. They get easily detected by your mobile phone when pairing and most emulators recognize them and automap the buttons to their respective layouts.
For anyone living in the Philippines who would like to get their hands on one of these controllers. You can find them at Long Live Play Ph's Facebook page. Long Live Play Ph was kind enough to send us these controllers for review and we were very pleasantly surprised at how well they worked. A definite must-buy for gaming on the go. Check out the video review for a more in-depth look at these controllers as well as look a what comes in the box.
The latest firmware updates for the SNES30 and SFC30 allow it to be usable with the Nintendo Switch and will now be recognized as an Xbox360 controller when plugged into a PC. Installing the 8bitdo app on your phone will also enable a slew of extra features.