You can now use Nintendo retro controllers on Apple devices

Nintendo retro controller iOS support is now a reality, letting you experience the fizzy nostalgia of classic games with the right tool for the job

An SNES controller held in front of an iPad floating on a Magic Keyboard stand, to show that Nintendo retro controllers now work on Apple devices. It is shown on a yellow background.

Apple has added support for Nintendo retro controllers on all their devices, meaning you can use an NES, SNES, or Nintendo 64 controller with your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV. You can even use a Sega Genesis controller! All the controllers Nintendo sells through the Nintendo Switch Online work.

As confirmed by MacStories, the mega tech company added support for classic Nintendo controllers in the latest updates for Apple devices. Whether it’s iOS or iPadOS 16.1, macOS Ventura, or even your Apple TV, you’re covered for all bases. Sure, there are a bunch of iOS and Android controllers out there, but most don’t satisfy that burning nostalgia.

The most interesting thing, to me, is that standard Switch controllers already work on Apple devices. What’s different about the Nintendo retro controller reissues that required an update? Who knows, but if you’ve got one of the many retro games on your Apple devices, you can now play them like you’re back in 1994 and Final Fantasy VI just dropped.

Which Nintendo retro controllers work on Apple devices?

All the Nintendo retro controllers work on Apple devices. You can use any of the following with your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV, as long as you have the latest software update:

  • Nintendo Entertainment System controllers
  • Super Nintendo Entertainment System controllers
  • Nintendo 64 controller
  • SEGA Mega Drive control pad

You can also use the Joy-Con that come with the standard Switch and the Nintendo Switch OLED.

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There you have it, a lovely little Nintendo retro controller update on Apple devices. If you want to upgrade your on-the-go game time, check out our guide to the best portable gaming consoles or best gaming phones to find the best of the best.