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Update 8Bitdo Controller Firmware

You may have read recently that 8Bitdo released a major firmware update for their controllers that allows full compatibility with the Nintendo Switch. Unsure on how to go about updating the firmware on your controller? Don’t worry – I’ve got your back!

What you’ll need!

  • The controller, ideally charged.
  • Micro USB Cable.
  • Internet Connection.

Easy as 1-2-3-4-5-6-7!

  1. Head to the 8Bitdo website and select Support (Too lazy? Click here!) then select Firmware.
  2. Find your controller on the list and click the Download link next to the desired firmware.
  3. Extract the ZIP file you just downloaded and open the extracted folder.
  4. Open the Update Tools folder, select your Operating System from the list and launch the 8Bitdo Update application.
  5. Follow the instructions to put the controller into an update-able state. Note the Update button is unavailable.
  6. Connect the controller to your system.
  7. Click the Update button and await confirmation of the update — Done!

What is an 8Bitdo Controller?

8Bitdo design and manufacture gaming controllers that are perfect replicas of those issued with classic Nintendo consoles such as the NES, SNES and N64. I got an SFC30 (European SNES) controller for my birthday a couple of years back and no words can describe how great it feels to use for retro gaming. The controllers are outstanding quality and come with a number of connection options – they can be used for example as a bluetooth controller on iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, Nintendo Wii and Wii U, Nintendo Switch and as a USB controller with the cable too. Anyone with even the slightest interest in retro gaming should have one in their home.