Controllers for gaming consoles have evolved over the years. While primarily designed to be an input device, over the years we’ve seen how companies have approached the design, where the focus is on making it more ergonomic based on the needs of modern games. However if you would love to see a throwback to the good old days, you’re in luck.
For Nintendo Switch owners, Nintendo has officially announced the launch of NES controllers designed specifically for the Switch. As you can see in the image above, these are official NES controllers that more or less look like the original, including its buttons and colors. It will of course feature shoulder buttons, and the best part is that these are completely rechargeable the same way you would recharge a Joy-Con, which is attach it to the sides of the console.
#NintendoSwitchOnline will feel even more authentic by using the new wireless NES style controllers with the classic #NES games, available for purchase exclusively for paid Nintendo Switch Online members!
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) September 13, 2018
Despite the way it connects to the Switch, it will not function as a Joy-Con replacement, so take that in mind. Also it seems that these controllers are only available to those who are subscribed to the Nintendo Switch Online service, where presumably you will need to sign in with your Nintendo account to buy them.
We’re not sure if Nintendo has plans to eventually make these controllers available for non-Switch Online subscribers, but for now this is the only way to get them. They will be priced at $60 and are expected to begin shipping out to customers mid-December. More details can be found on Nintendo’s website.