NES30/SNES30 Wireless Controllers - Compatible with RetroN5!

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NES30/SNES30 Wireless Controllers - Compatible with RetroN5!

Postby MrMan2k7 » June 5th, 2015, 1:46 pm

I can't actually find out where I stumbled upon this again, but NES30/SNES30 wireless bluetooth controllers by 8Bitdo now feature a mode that allows them to work with RetroN5. It requires you to update your controller with a new firmware (which is currently in beta-testing.)

Here are the links to download the firmware updates:
NES30 / SNES30: Download Here
NES30 PRO / SNES30 PRO: Download Here


I had a little trouble updating the firmware at first. Here's what I had to do:
1. Hold down the Select button for 7 seconds to reset the Bluetooth pairings for the controller. (The instructions don't tell you to do this, but my Update button was grayed out until I did this step.)
2. Hold down Start + L + R for 3 seconds. Green and blue LED's on the controller will start flashing.
3. Connect the controller with USB Micro cable to your PC. Windows will install the drivers automatically.
4. Run the update software found in the links above.
5. Select the correct firmware and click Update.
6. Wait for the update to complete.

To sync the controllers with your RetroN5, do the following:
1. Hold down Start + L to start the controller in RetroN5 mode.
2. On the RetroN5, you'll need to use another controller to start the pairing process. Go into settings, and under Controllers pick Pair RetroN Controller.
3. Hold down A + B + L + R to simulate the Home button to sync the controller.
4. If the process fails, try again. It took me a few tries before it worked.


I messed around with both the NES30 and SNES30 for about a half hour last night. I did encounter one issue where the NES30 cut out and I had to resync it. I have no clue if this was a fluke, or if this will continue to be a problem. I'll have to play around with it some more. Keep in mind that this is BETA firmware, so this may be a bug that will be worked out by the official release.

The controllers feel nearly exactly like original NES and SNES controllers (with the addition of X, Y, L, and R buttons on the NES30). It feels much better to play these classic games with these replicas than with the stock RetroN5 controller and its clicky sticks.
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Re: NES30/SNES30 Wireless Controllers - Compatible with Retr

Postby hikaricore » June 5th, 2015, 11:09 pm

These are amazing looking and ability to pair is great!

How's the battery life on these things?
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Re: NES30/SNES30 Wireless Controllers - Compatible with Retr

Postby 1pil » June 6th, 2015, 1:15 pm

LOVE how they look. Not sure how a bluetooth would work with Retron though....
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Re: NES30/SNES30 Wireless Controllers - Compatible with Retr

Postby hikaricore » June 6th, 2015, 8:05 pm

The Retron5 uses Bluetooth, they just have this stupid authentication/pairing process that until now wasn't circumvented.
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Re: NES30/SNES30 Wireless Controllers - Compatible with Retr

Postby MrMan2k7 » June 7th, 2015, 12:31 am

I played around with it a bit more today. I made it through the entirety of Castlevania without the NES30 dropping out. It worked great! I do wish that I could set button combinations to take screenshots or load/save savestates like I could on wired controllers. Maybe later firmware will implement button combos to act as the function buttons on the RetroN controller, but for now there's only a combo for Home. I'm not sure how the battery life is yet, as I just bought it. Also, for anyone considering buying one, these controllers can also be used with iOS, Android, PCs, and Wii/Wii U.
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Re: NES30/SNES30 Wireless Controllers - Compatible with Retr

Postby MrMan2k7 » June 7th, 2015, 12:40 am

So apparently this firmware was officially released today: http://www.fc30.com/eng/firmware-update.html
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Re: NES30/SNES30 Wireless Controllers - Compatible with Retr

Postby hikaricore » June 8th, 2015, 2:45 am

I'm really hoping that this beast: http://8bitdo.com/nes30pro/

nes30pro.jpg

NES30-por-rear-658x161.jpg


Gets the same support, because it looks AMAZING.

Plenty of buttons that could be potentially remapped if that is even possible.
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Re: NES30/SNES30 Wireless Controllers - Compatible with Retr

Postby MrMan2k7 » June 8th, 2015, 10:16 am

hikaricore wrote:I'm really hoping that this beast: http://8bitdo.com/nes30pro/

nes30pro.jpg

NES30-por-rear-658x161.jpg


Gets the same support, because it looks AMAZING.

Plenty of buttons that could be potentially remapped if that is even possible.


They've already released beta firmware for that as well! See my link in the OP.
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Re: NES30/SNES30 Wireless Controllers - Compatible with Retr

Postby hikaricore » June 8th, 2015, 3:46 pm

Ah ha! I overlooked that one, fabulous. ^_^
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Re: NES30/SNES30 Wireless Controllers - Compatible with Retr

Postby 1pil » June 12th, 2015, 11:46 am

hikaricore wrote:I'm really hoping that this beast: http://8bitdo.com/nes30pro/

nes30pro.jpg

NES30-por-rear-658x161.jpg


Gets the same support, because it looks AMAZING.

Plenty of buttons that could be potentially remapped if that is even possible.

That looks so cool. Does amazon sell them?
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