Use Your Original NES Controllers On NES Classic

If you grew up playing the NES, you may have fond memories of using the small rectangular controllers that came with the Control Deck. If you’re like me, you may have been used to using joysticks (thanks Atari and Commodore 64) and instead preferred to game with one of many different accessories put out by Nintendo and many other accessory makers. My favorite controller was the NES Advantage.


Not only did it have better movement with the joystick, but it included some perks like turbo and slow motion. I pretty much exclusively played with the NES Advantage growing up, so it’s still difficult for me to play some of my classic games with the original NES controller.

I was a bit concerned that I might not enjoy the NES Classic Edition to its full potential because it didn’t allow for original NES accessories to hook up to it. Now I don’t have to worry since Hyperkin is releasing an adapter that will allow any original NES accessory to hook up to the new mini-console. It runs $10 (plus about $7 shipping) so it’s not the cheapest thing to purchase. However, if you’re like me and want to experience gaming with authentic controllers that you already own, it might be worth a look. I ordered my adapter and will report back with my thoughts once I get it.


[Sources: IGN & Hyperkin]


Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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