In short: Valve has added support for classic Nintendo Switch Online controllers in its latest Steam update, giving gamers even more options when it comes to how they play their favorite games on the platform.
The patch notes do not detail every supported controller, so The Verge has reached out for clarification. Valve Representative Casey Aitchison Boyle confirmed that NES, SNES, Sega Genesis and Nintendo 64 controllers for Switch are compatible with Steam.
SNES controller retails for $29.99, while Being as well as N64 controller team $49.99 each. A set of two NES controllers costs $59.99. It’s a little frustrating (especially now) that you must have a Nintendo Switch Online membership to be eligible to purchase.
An individual membership to Switch Online for one month costs $3.99, or you can get an annual pass for $19.99. Perhaps Nintendo will change this requirement in light of the Steam tie-in.
A few years ago, Nintendo began adding classic console games to its Switch Online library to add value to its membership. Retro-inspired wireless controllers soon followed, modeled after their original counterparts. These are all optional purchases and can be charged with a USB cable (except the NES set, which must be plugged into the Switch with the Joy-Cons unplugged to recharge them).
I haven’t personally tried any of these wireless remakes, but if they are anything like the wired versions that come with the Nintendo Classic Edition mini consoles, you can expect a very authentic look.
Steam update further adds support Kanba Obsidian as well as Kanba Dragon arcade joysticks, as well as more affordable Fighting stick Mini 4 from Hori. The latter will cost you just $49.99, while the Qanba Obsidian and Qanba Dragon arcade joysticks sell for $199.99 and $299.99, respectively.
Valve’s latest patch also fixes several bugs related to sharing, remote play, macOS, Linux, and Steam Cloud, the company’s cloud storage service. Full details are provided in change log.
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