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- Wireless Bluetooth support
- Compatible with Mac OSX, Windows, iOS, Android -- no Jailbreaking needed
- 20 hour battery
- Upgradeable firmware
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8Bitdo's goal is to design and produce the highest quality game controllers on the market. The NES30 was designed as an homage to one of the greatest controllers ever made: the original NES. To celebrate the NES' 30th anniversary we redesigned the original retro controller with a series of improvements and next gen compatibility. The NES30 is compatible with Mac OSX, Windows, iOS, Android, Wii, and the RetroN5. We are continuously developing additional compatibility for all of our products.
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When hooking up via Bluetooth to a Mac, they are recognized as a keyboard. You can also hook up using a USB cable and they are recognized as a controller, which you can remap the buttons. It's kind of a pain in the butt to go through, but once you sync these things up, they don't lose connection or drop out.
The only limitations I've found is that you can only connect 2 via bluetooth to a Mac at a time. If you plan on using with your phone, you need to use them in iCade mode, so not every game is going to be compatible.
As far as build quality this is tops, it's plastic obviously, but it's sturdy and feels good in the hand. (Minus the corners digging into your hands as all original Nintendo owners will remember, but that's part of the nostalgia)
The buttons click well and feel mechanical instead of "squishy" like some controller buttons. It comes with the stand that is really handy if you don't carry a case that has a stand itself. Don't expect it to hold up something as big as a galaxy tab but it held my nexus 7 with no problems.
You can pair this with your Wii and PC for some bigger screen gaming, but it does not have motion detection like the Wii controllers so this will only work on games you can program buttons to complete those actions. Mario is a great example.
Over all if you had a Nintendo, you're a tech geek, or you just like cool toys get this. If you are looking for a perfect travel Bluetooth controller to play any number of games, probably keep looking.
Note: I am using this with the SNES9x and NES.emu emulators on the FireTV stick. If you are using these emulators, be sure to change the settings inside each of them. There are two settings sections when you're configuring the controller: "Set In-Game Actions" and "Set Gamepad Keys". I recommend going into "Set In-Game Actions" and just disabling everything. The reason for this is by default the "Start" button on the controller maps to the "Menu" key in the OS. So whenever I'd hit "Start" to play a game, it would just bring up the emulator's menu screen. I couldn't figure out for the longest time what was wrong, because in the "Set Gamepad Keys" the "Start" button was mapped. Once I figured that out, the controller mapping was great and I was playing games no problem.
To summarize, this is an "OK" controller, in my opinion. If it was $20 or less, I might give a different rating. But IMO, at $30+ this is a premium controller so I expected premium build quality. The packaging is all excellent and it has the appearance of a solid product, but that DPAD has me really wanting more. Fix that I would probably up my rating.