Nintendo Switch Could Be Getting a Wireless SNES Controller

Nintendo Switch Could Be Getting a Wireless SNES Controller

FCC filings point towards the Super Nintendo arriving on the Switch.

Those wishing for Super Nintendo games on the Nintendo Switch have good reason to keep hopes high now. An FCC filing discovered this morning points towards a wireless SNES controller, indicating that Nintendo is likely working towards Super Nintendo games on the Switch.

Discovered via ResetEra, the filing is for HAC-042, a controller styled after the classic Super Nintendo controller. This "wireless game device" would operate via Bluetooth, making it a wireless SNES controller, while asnother HAC model denomination points towards the Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo's NES retro controllers coincided with the launch of Switch Online and the NES library of games opening up to Online users, so it's possible the same could be on the way for Super Nintendo games. Over time, the NES lineup has started to scrape the barrel though, so it's not too much of a surprise to see Nintendo turn to the SNES for a much wider spectrum of beloved Nintendo games to bring to the hybrid console.

Whether this SNES controller would be a Joy-Con controller, like the NES version, or a standalone remains to be seen, though ergonomically I'd have to imagine they're standalone. It'd look a little odd to hold the Switch with two SNES controllers bolted to the sides of it, right? We'll learn more as Nintendo looks towards a launch for this FCC-filed controller. In the meantime, check out our feature on why the SNES was the best console ever made to get an idea why people might be excited for this.

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