If you have a Nintendo controller and an iPad, a Mac, an Apple TV… The latest software batches offer extended compatibility.
iPad Air M1 // Source: FRANDROID – Anthony WONNER
Nintendo offers a slew of controllers for its Switch console. We have the Joy-Cons, of course, but also the Switch Pro, or the reissued controllers for SNES and Nintendo 64 (they are mainly used for the Switch Online service).
Apple already added support for Switch Pro controllers and Joy-Cons to iPad and iPhone in June 2022, in addition to PlayStation 5 DualSense and Xbox Series controllers in 2021.
macOS and iPadOS open up to more controllers
This time around, with macOS Ventura and iPadOS 16.1, Apple says “many additional Bluetooth and USB game controllers are supported on macOS 13, iOS 16, and tvOS 16.”
Neat, iOS/tvOS 16.1 support the official BT/USB-C Super Nintendo controller for the Switch 😄 I don’t have the N64 or NES versions to test with, but I believe they are supported now too 🎮 pic.twitter.com/mfkTIHpXun
— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) October 24, 2022
Precisely, this is the case of the controllers reissued by Nintendo which work both in USB-C, but also in Bluetooth. You can therefore use them on your iPad, your Mac or your Apple TV 4K 2022. Moreover, these controllers also work on Steam, which recently brought official support.
Nintendo 64 controller updated for the Switch // Source: Nintendo
Note that you can also use old Nintendo controllers (without USB-C), with a dedicated adapter. However, this requires a lot of cables. To be reserved, therefore, for enthusiasts.
Example of accessory for controllers without USB-C
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