The 8BitDo Lets You Use Your Xbox And PlayStation Controllers On The Nintendo Switch

By Dale Bashir on Aug 29, 2018


The Nintendo Switch has garnered unprecedented success since its release in 2017. With Breath Of The Wild and Mario Odyssey being the immediate system sellers, the allure of portable and home play makes this console a must-have for any gamer. Nintendo has since adopted many non-Nintendo gamers with the Switch which makes this device the perfect companion if you are recent Nintendo convert.

The Switch is also all about multiplayer gaming, as the 2 pack-in Joy-Cons can be used as individual controllers. Though it’s no secret that the Joy-Cons or the Switch Pro controllers are pretty pricey right now, with a pair of Joy-Cons going for about RM 309.00 and a Pro Controller going for about RM 279.00. And using just the Joy-Cons aren’t the optimal way to play games outside of handheld mode, you’re going to need a way that keeps cost low while also enhancing your multiplayer Switch experience. That’s where the 8BitDo Wireless USB Adapter comes in.

8BitDo is a company that specialises in creating retro-style Bluetooth controllers, speakers and USB adapters for PCs and Macs, they mainly take their style and aesthetics from the NES and the SNES. Recently they’ve been making wireless adapters for the NES and SNES Mini, making these mini consoles outfitted to use their brand of retro controllers. They even made it so that you can use the Joy-Cons for your SNES or NES Minis.

With Nintendo allowing for specific Bluetooth and USB controllers to be used on the Nintendo Switch, 8BitDo took it a step further and made the Wireless USB Adapter, which allows for every controller to be used for the Switch, especially Dualshocks and Xbox Controllers. So if you have any spare controllers from the previous console generation lying around the house, this is a great way to bring them back to life.

Of course you can use these with any Bluetooth controller, so if you also own a PS4 or Xbox One alongside your Switch, you can use those as well. For the hardcore Nintendo fans who have the Wii U Pro controller or a bunch of Wiimotes, they can also be used through this device. The official Nintendo Gamecube Adapter that was released for the Wii U can also be used on the Switch, but the challenge there is actually getting proper Gamecube controllers and the fact that it is limited to 4 players only.

The 8BitDo Wireless Adapter is heavily recommended if you play a lot of games with your friends, whether its for 4 player Mario Kart, or even 8-player battles in Super Bomberman R or the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, this device will definitely ensure that you won’t run out of controllers and everyone gets to play. Your friends could even bring their own controllers for when you’re having game nights.

Overall, this is an essential device for Nintendo Switch owners, it lets you play with more friends, adds different controller options, and might even up your game by letting you use a controller that you are more comfortable with. It can even be used for PCs and Macs which further enhances its usability. So while people who mainly use the Switch in handheld mode might not see a lot use for this, for people looking to put their old controllers to use or want to play with their friends without being limited in their controller choices, the 8BitDo Wireless USB Adapter is the way to go.

The adapter retails for about RM 70 in stores, and you can also buy the device online. Check out the device on their official website, and don’t forget to follow Gamehubs on Facebook and Twitter to be up to date on all things gaming.

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