Nintendo retro controllers now compatible with iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV, new with iOS 16.1, iPad 16.1 and macOS Ventura.
During WWDC 2022 a few months ago, the Cupertino company announced a number of improvements coming to video games with iOS 16, including native controller support. nintendo Joy-Con and Pro. Now you can also use the modernized retro Nintendo controllers with your iPhone, iPad, Mac computers and even Apple TV.
Retro Nintendo controllers now compatible with iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV
Developer Steven Troughton-Smith has indeed discovered that iOS 16.1 and tvOS 16.1 support Nintendo’s Switch SNES controllers, a modern take on classic models with wireless connectivity and a USB-C port for charging.
In his tweet including a demonstration video of this feature, Steven Troughton-Smith explains that he is also convinced that Apple platforms now also support N64 and NES controllers for the Switch. MacStories has done its own testing and confirms that SNES controllers work with iPadOS 16.1 and macOS Ventura. In addition, the blog has also managed to use a modern N64 controller with Apple devices. These controllers appear in the settings Bluetooth when they are in pairing mode like any other Bluetooth-enabled device.
New with iOS 16.1, iPad 16.1 and macOS Ventura
L’Apple AppStore does not support emulators video games, so you will still need to turn on your Switch to play your games on the console and take advantage of its subscription service. But as stated AppleInsideryou can now use these controllers for Apple Arcade games and all other titles supported in theApp Store.
This could appeal to all fans of retro video games, early Nintendo fans or not. If you have one or more of these controllers at home, this may be a good option.
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