Nintendo Switch getting NES controllers

NES controllers are coming to the Nintendo Switch.

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The Nintendo Switch will soon be compatible with special wireless NES controllers, the company today announced.

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Nintendo is going all out on nostalgia, and gamers can soon use classic NES controllers to play old-school retro Nintendo games on the Switch Online service. The controllers have rails and can slide onto the Switch for charging, but are used exclusively to play the service's rotating lineup of NES titles.

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The controllers will retail for $59.99 for a two-pack and will be available for pre-purchase once the service hits on September 18, but they aren't expected to ship until December. The controllers may not be sold in stores and apparently require a Switch Online membership to purchase--and purchases are limited to one per subscriber.

"To purchase this item, you must have an active paid Nintendo Switch Online membership," reads the Switch Online site.

The following NES games will be available for free as part of the Switch Online service, and more are expected to arrive later.

  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Donkey Kong
  • Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Balloon Fight
  • Ice Climber
  • Dr. Mario
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Double Dragon
  • River City Ransom
  • Ghosts'n Goblins
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • Gradius
  • Pro Wrestling
  • Excitebike
  • Yoshi
  • Ice Hockey
  • Baseball

The following games will be added later:

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Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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