With the recent release of the TurboGrafx-16 Mini–as well as the PC Engine Mini and CoreGrafx Mini–controller maker 8BitDo has revealed three new pads that work with the mini console and Nintendo Switch. The 8BitDo controllers are wireless and take after the classic controller designs of the TurboGrafx-16, PC Engine, and CoreGrafx. You can pick each controller up on Amazon for $25.
The original consoles’ controllers feature a switch that let you turn on turbo for its two buttons. The 8Bitdo controllers, on the other hand, feature two separate buttons for the turbo function. Each pad comes with a 2.4GHz USB receiver that you plug into the mini consoles or the Nintendo Switch’s dock. Because of this, the controller is only usable in docked mode on the Switch. The controllers also feature a 180mAh Li-on battery that 8BitDo says gives you 18 hours of play time after a one-to-two hour charging period.
8BitDo TG16/PCE/CG Edition controller | $25
I took the reins for GameSpot’s TurboGrafx-16 Mini review, and my verdict was very positive, noting that there’s “plenty to enjoy in revisiting this quirky 8-bit console’s past.”
“M2 did a great job making the TurboGrafx-16 sound and look as good as it always has, and a good chunk of its included games are fantastic and absolutely worth your time,” I wrote. “Being able to experience these classic titles in one convenient place–and witness M2’s charming, nostalgic presentation–makes the TurboGrafx-16 Mini an exciting device that does a great job of capturing the past of a console that should not be forgotten.”
Unfortunately, we haven’t tested 8Bitdo’s latest controller, but the company has a reputation of making excellent, high-quality pads. In fact, we’ve included many of them in our guide on the best Nintendo Switch controllers.