Do SNES Classic Controllers Work on the NES Classic?

Many retro gamers loved the release of the NES Classic and SNES Classic. These new consoles provided some fan-favorites fit into a tiny, nostalgic package. Many retro gamers bought both of these consoles, despite the insane demand, and have both running pretty regularly.

Both of these consoles released with some quality controllers, giving fans the authentic, retro feel they are used to. This begs the question, are these controllers cross-compatible?

The short answer is yes – they are compatible with each other. SNES Classic controllers and NES Classic controllers can be interchanged since they both use the same port.

There are some issues when it comes to changing controllers, however. Since the SNES supports four buttons plus two shoulder buttons, a NES controller would somewhat hinder the experience. This totally depends on what game you are playing, though.

The NES Classic has less of an issue with this. If you ever played a NES game on any of Nintendo’s virtual consoles, you know that the four buttons don’t really create an issue. The Y and X buttons become extra A and B buttons, which offer different control grips.

So, if you are looking to use the NES controller on your SNES Classic, it may hinder your experience while this is not true for a SNES controller on a NES. These controllers are compatible, so in the end, it is up to personal preference whether or not you switch them.

  • Updated September 18, 2020
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