Controller:Nintendo Entertainment System Controller

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Nintendo Entertainment System Controller
Nintendo Entertainment System Controller cover
XInput support
Successor
Super Nintendo Entertainment System Controller
Nintendo Entertainment System Controller on Wikipedia
Also known as NES Controller.

Key points

First versions require adapter to connect to PC. Later revisions allows to connect to PC via Bluetooth.
Lacks native XInput support, requiring the use of a XInput wrapper (see XInput wrappers) for games that do not support DirectInput or the controller natively.

Inputs

  • 4 × digital buttons: 𝐀, 𝐁, sᴛᴀʀᴛ, sᴇʟᴇᴄᴛ
  • 4 × digital directional buttons (d-pad): , , ,
  • Microphone (Famicom Controller II version)

Controller variations[edit]

Famicom Controller[edit]

Nintendo Famicom Controller II with microphone.
Nintendo Famicom Controller II with microphone.
The original model Famicom features two game controllers, both of which are hardwired to the back of the console. The second controller, Famicom Controller II, lacks the sᴛᴀʀᴛ and sᴇʟᴇᴄᴛ buttons, but features a small microphone. The earliest produced Famicom units have square 𝐀 and 𝐁 buttons. This was changed to the circular designs because of the square buttons being caught in the controller casing when pressed down and glitches within the hardware causing the system to freeze occasionally while playing a game.

NES Classic Controller[edit]

In 2016 Nintendo released replica of the original NES Controller - NES Classic Controller which is designed for use with the Nintendo Entertainment System - NES Classic Edition. It can also be plugged into a Wii Remote controller, so it's possible to use it with Virtual Console NES games on Wii or Wii U console and works with their adapters.
Controller's cord is short, only 0.91 m (3-foot).

Famicom Classic Controller[edit]

The controllers for the Japanese version are hardwired into the console just like in the original Famicom, so they cannot be used in conjunction with the Wii or PC.
The microphone on the Player 2 controller is cosmetic only and does not work.

NES Controller for 'Nintendo Switch Online'[edit]

NES controllers were released to support Nintendo Switch Online games.
Controllers are supported on PC through reWASD application. See more.

Famicom for 'Nintendo Switch Online'[edit]

Famicom controllers were released to support Nintendo Switch Online games.
Controllers are supported on PC through reWASD application. See more.
Second controller has functional built-in microphone.
Microphone is not supported outside Nintendo Switch environment yet.

Use with PC platforms[edit]

Windows[edit]

reWASD[edit]

Supports Nintendo Entertainment System Controller via bluetooth adapter, does not require manual driver installment.
reWASD does not work with third-party drivers. Unsupported yet adapters have to be reported on official forum to implement their support.
LED shows which config slot is active at the moment.
Allows emulate virtual DS4 controller to play PS4 Remote Play, PS Now or Dualshock 4 compatible games. Including gyro and accelerometer control.
Allows emulate virtual Xbox 360 controller to play XInput compatible games.
Not free of charge. 14-days trial.
Does not have microphone support yet. Feature is still in planning phase.[1]
Custom configs for Nintendo Entertainment System Controller can be found in official Community Configs Library maintained by reWASD users.

XInput wrapping[edit]

Acting as native DirectInput controller, it's possible to use any of the generic wrappers. See the controller article for those.

Hardware[edit]

Mayflash NES Controller Adapter[edit]

Connects NES or SNES controller.
Directly compatible with PC. No driver needed, just plug and play.
Two players can play simultaneously.
Compatible with PS3 console.

USB NES RetroPort v2[edit]

Works with standard controllers (original, Max, dogbone) and now PowerGlove, PowerPad, and Vaus gamepads.
No drivers to install or update.

Bliss-Box Gamer-Pro[edit]

Directly compatible with PC. No driver needed, just plug and play.
A wide variety of controllers are fully supported right out of the box. See the Compatibility List.
Global Button Mapping - starting with 3.0 this layout has changed for modern gaming. The internal button mapping is set up so that buttons on different controllers match each other's layouts as closely as possible.
Adapter can update firmware and be used on PC, PS3 (up to 4 players), Xbox (single player only) or Switch (up to 4 players). Each controller port has its own firmware chip so multiple firmware versions can be used if desired. See more.
Allows to use special API to communicate with applications (eg. RetroArch). See API tool documentation.
A 12v power supply is completely optional and simply allows the HUB to be self-powered and supplies additional power for a stronger Playstation Force Feedabck effect only.
Adapter work on Windows, OSX, Linux, Raspberry Pi, most all Android device.
Hot Swap support. This feature makes it easy to switch between controllers in mid-game. If Auto Pause is enabled (default setup). The adapter will pause your game while you switch, and you can continue playing when you're ready. The new controller is detected automatically.
Auto Pause: when the adapter senses the controller has become unplugged, it presses the pause button.
Single-Player Mode, the adapter can be switched to Single-Player Mode. This will allow for some advance features like using the adapter on an Xbox with special firmware, or up-linking to other future Bliss-Box add-on accessories.
Native Support, adapter have the ability to allow communication from the emulated game directly to the controller and back with any of the supported controllers.
Do not natively support Xinput. It can do so however, with the use of 3rd party software (ie. x360ce or XOutput).
Hotkey: Pressing and holding sᴛᴀʀᴛ will trigger a Hotkey combo. You may configure this combo for a hot key in front-ends like RetroArch.

Steam[edit]

Can be recognized as Xbox 360 controller but after manual assignment. Controller cannot be found in Supported Controller Database, so Steam recognizes it as standard DirectInput device.

Support In Games[edit]

Support for some controller features may be only available on certain systems. Refer to game-specific articles for details.

Games with microphone support[edit]

Famicom Controller II version has built-in microphone. Unfortunately, NES/Famicom emulators does not implemented microphones support yet.[2]
Famicom Controller II for 'Nintendo Switch Online' has microphone's full support. See more.
List of Famicom games with microphone support
Supported games Notes
Apple Town Monogatari[3]
Bakushou!! Jinsei Gekijou
Bakushou!! Jinsei Gekijou 2
Bokosuka Wars
Doraemon
Family Basic
Kamen Rider Club
Kid Icarus (jp. Hikari Shinwa: Palutena no Kagami)
Kid Niki: Radical Ninja (jp. Kaiketsu Yanchamaru)
Raid on Bungeling Bay (jp. Raid on Bungeling Bay)
SD Kamen Rider
Star Luster
Star Soldier
Super Chinese 2
Super Pitfall II (jp. Atlantis no Nazo)
Takeshi no Chousenjou
The Legend of Zelda (jp. Zelda no Densetsu: The Hyrule Fantasy)

Games with Nintendo button prompts[edit]

Total number of games: 112.
The controller's button positions and colors, and the amount of buttons, differ considerably from those of other Nintendo controllers. As such, the list below should be treated with some caution.
Please note, that this is only list for games that offer Nintendo button prompts.
Some may require use of Switch Pro Controller emulation. Refer to game-specific articles for details.
Game Series Developer Publisher First release Available on
20XX 20XX Batterystaple Games, Fire Hose Games August 16, 2017
Windows
American Truck Simulator Truck Simulator SCS Software February 2, 2016
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Angry Video Game Nerd I & II Deluxe Angry Video Game Nerd FreakZone Games Screenwave Media October 30, 2020
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Anodyne 2: Return to Dust Anodyne Melos Han-Tani, Marina Kittaka Analgesic Productions August 12, 2019
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Another Metroid 2 Remake: Return of Samus Metroid Milton "DoctorM64" Guasti August 6, 2016
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Ara Fell Stegosoft Games DANGEN Entertainment June 2, 2016
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Auralux: Constellations Auralux War Drum Studios, Edward McNeill June 1, 2016
Windows
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Bloodstained ArtPlay, DICO, Disruptive Games, WayForward Technologies 505 Games June 18, 2019
Windows
Boomerang X DANG! Devolver Digital July 8, 2021
Windows
Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling Moonsprout Games DANGEN Entertainment November 21, 2019
Windows
Carrion Phobia Game Studio Devolver Digital July 23, 2020
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Cat Quest II Cat Quest The Gentlebros PQube Limited September 24, 2019
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Celeste Extremely OK Games January 25, 2018
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Charge Kid USPGameDev June 30, 2020
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Coffee Talk Coffee Talk Toge Productions January 29, 2020
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Cook, Serve, Delicious! Cook, Serve, Delicious! Vertigo Gaming October 8, 2013
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! Cook, Serve, Delicious! Vertigo Gaming September 13, 2017
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! Cook, Serve, Delicious! Vertigo Gaming October 14, 2020
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Corpse Party (2021) Corpse Party Mechanic Arms, City Connection, MAGES., Team GrisGris XSEED, Marvelous October 20, 2021
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time Crash Bandicoot Toys for Bob, Beenox, Activision Shanghai, Heavy Iron Studios, Hardsuit Labs Activision March 26, 2021
Windows

More...

Other information[edit]

Technical information[edit]

Bliss-Box Gamer-Pro Adapter[edit]

Standard mapping:
Controller button Button label and axis
A Button 2
B Button 1
Select Button 5
Start Button 6
D-pad up POV up
D-pad down POV down
D-pad left POV left
D-pad right POV right

References