Nintendo Switch Could Be Getting SNES Wireless Controller [Update]

A Link to the Past on Switch, please.

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A new FCC filing has revealed an upcoming wireless SNES controller for Nintendo Switch, possibly hinting at plans to release Super Nintendo games for the system. [Update: Sure enough, Nintendo has announced not just the SNES controller, but that SNES games are coming to Nintendo Switch for subscribers to its online service. The first 20 SNES games arrive on September 5, with more to come in the future. Switch Online members will also be able to buy the leaked SNES controller soon, though specifics regarding when they will go up for sale have not been shared.]

Resetera user Link83 discovered the new filing (which is required for the controller's release in the US) after setting up an alert for any Nintendo FCC ID filings. Much of the documentation is confidential, but the accompanying image matches the SNES controller's iconic shape, while the appearance of the "HAC" model number notates its potential as a Switch peripheral, since all other Switch hardware and accessories use the same model number.

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Nintendo released a similar NES controller for the Switch 12 months ago when NES games started appearing for subscribers to Nintendo Online. This new controller might signal the arrival of SNES games to the Switch's virtual library, with an accompanying controller letting you relive the days of playing Super Mario World, A Link to the Past, and Super Metroid with a familiar peripheral in-hand.

Nintendo hasn't officially announced the controller in any capacity yet, but we'll keep you updated on when they do. In the meantime, you can keep up to date on all Nintendo Switch news right here:

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Why? When we bought SNES games on the Wii & now we will have to buy the same games over again? And when the under powered Switch gets dumped in 3 years, we have to buy the SNES games again on the Switch 2? Nintendo has become a money bleeder!

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8Bitdo already did it.

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Uhh yes please

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now i need a wireless adapter to sync this controller to the wii mote to play snes games on the wii/wii u and the classic snes (so i'll be father away with it).

it's probably going to act like a "switch" pro controller.

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I doubt it will be as good as 8bitdo's offerings

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@pyro1245: Indeed, they fused an SNES and Genesis controller together for the M30, for example.

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JUST buy official things .. otherwise don't waste your money ..

Thank you

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Cool, but it seems a bit late. We're already 2.5 years into the system's life, and even the NES library is still lacking some essential games after a full year of being open. If this has just been filed now, it likely means we're the better part of a year away from seeing SNES games on the Switch.

Don't get me wrong, it's still good news. But I wish Nintendo had their act together a bit earlier.

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@faramir77: A lot of us have been wondering where the hell all the extra content that can easily be ported to the switch is, i.e. almost every nintendo game ever made if they really wanted to. I see your point though and definitely with you, the Switch is a great console that's surprisingly STILL having loads of potential just sitting on the top shelf, Nintendo's just taking mad long grabbing the ladder lol.

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@faramir77: My bet is that we will get the games on the 1 year anniversary of Switch Online service. The controller will be available for pre-order and that time and will release sometime in December.

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Anyone who actually cares about SNES games already has every single one with a wireless SNES controller either on their PC or SNES Classic Mini.

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@beachbum: This is just an opportunity to increase the expenditure surface of their platform by exercising their critter given rights to their commoditized cultural contributions. Notions like service and value are just oxymoronic appendages to these debased enterprises, Beach. ?

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@beachbum: Or 3DS

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@beachbum: I have every snes game on my Wii but the lag is a bit annoying.

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This is going to be great

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