The new iOS 16.1 and tvOS 16.1 updates bring support for the Nintendo Online classic controller.
Developer Steven Troughton-Smith shared a clip of operating Apple TV via Nintendo Online classic controller on Twitter and confirming the discovery, MacStories added that the controller is also supported on iPadOS 16.1, and macOS Ventura.
Nintendo Online classic controller can now be used with iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac
At the WWDC 2022 event, Apple announced the expansion of Nintendo Joy-Cons and Pro Controller support on iOS 16 to enhance users’ gaming experience on iPhone and iPad. During beta testing, the developer of the Delta app, Riles confirmed that iOS 16 natively supported the new controllers.
!!! iOS 16 natively supports Nintendo Switch Pro Controllers!!
Can confirm they work perfectly with Delta 😍 pic.twitter.com/p8u1sdjvTt
— Riles 👻🎃 (@rileytestut) June 6, 2022
Now as an unexpected bonus, iOS 16.1 added support for the Nintendo Online classic controller, along with Nintendo 64.
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
MacStories further detailed that the new controller shows up as ‘SNES Controller’ in Bluetooth settings across iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV operating systems.
Yesterday, Steve Troughton-Smith tweeted that the classic SNES controller works with iOS and tvOS 16.1.
Sure enough, it does, along with iPadOS 16.1 and macOS Ventura. With each OS, the controller shows up as ‘SNES Controller’ in Bluetooth settings when in pairing mode. Federico has confirmed that the Nintendo 64 controller works, too, but neither of us has an NES or Sega Genesis controller to test.
The addition of the Nintendo Online classic controller allows users to experience old-school gameplay. MacStories wrote:
I love many of the retro games available on Apple’s platforms that are inspired by Nintendo’s early systems. What’s great about the support for the wireless controllers is that now they can be played with the controllers of the systems that inspired them.
Nintendo 64 controller retails for $50 and the Nintendo Online classic controller retails for $30 on the company’s official online store.