Apple has a nice surprise for Nintendo fans

Surprise for Nintendo fans who have an iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV. Switch Online controllers are compatible with the latest versions of iOS, iPadOS, macOS and tvOS.

Apple is definitely becoming more and more of a player. The Cupertino company has just released the stable versions of iOS 16.1, iPadOS 16.1, tvOS 16.1 or even macOS 13 Ventura. The installation of these versions allows you to discover the latest news from Apple and there is a good surprise. At WWDC 2022, it announced support for the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con and the Switch Pro controller. Apple does not stop there since the new OS also supports Switch Online controllers.

With its online service, Big N allows players to find NES and Super NES classics and even play Nintendo 64 or SEGA Mega Drive titles. To accompany these games, the firm also sells new Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) controllers; without forgetting reissues of the Nintendo 64, SEGA Mega Drive controllers. These updated controllers are of interest to fans… and Apple.

Nintendo’s ‘retro’ controllers now work on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac

Developer Steve Troughton-Smith discovered that the SNES controller is supported by iPhone, iPad, Macs and Apple TV. It is the integration of Bluetooth that allows the latest versions of OS to support the controller. The MacStories site confirms that the Bluetooth reissue of the Nintendo 64 controller works similarly. The same is probably true for NES and Mega Drive controllers; although this has yet to be confirmed.

The configuration of Nintendo controllers is done in the “Settings” of Apple devices. In addition to playing, it is possible to navigate the Apple TV interface.

As a reminder, the iOS 16 code revealed that the 8Bitdo controllers, the BADA MOGA XP5-X Plus and the Logitech F710 Gamepad have the same support. They join Sony’s DualSense (PS4) and DualSense (PS5), as well as recent Xbox controllers.

On the side of Apple, this desire to open up to the controllers of the main manufacturers is not disinterested. The giant of Cupertino is interested in the world of video games and offers an Apple Arcade subscription. It will also be content with titles from the App Store, Apple still does not accept emulators on the App Store.

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