8Bitdo SNES30 Bluetooth Controller


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I ordered the 8Bitdo SNES30 controller with slight trepidation. When it arrived I was blown away with its presentation. The quality of the container is maybe half its cost. The printing on the box is excellent. The box itself is sturdy and lined with very protective padding. All in all it is a very professional package with solid construction.

Opening the box and grabbing the controller, I was brought back to my SNES days. The build quality of this thing is excellent. Holding it and pressing its buttons communicated to me that my purchase was not wasted. It is light, yet very sturdy. The buttons deliver very positive and solid feedback. The D-pad is tactile and mashable. The R and L buttons connect with your index fingers. Start and Select are right where they should be – duh.

I’ve traveled with my SNES30 a few times now. I charge it prior to travel and have not yet needed to recharge it. Total play time on my trips has been maybe 6 to 10 hours total. Given the advertised play time of 20 hours, I have maybe hit it’s half life.

Compatibility with devices has been excellent. It pairs well with a Raspberry Pi 3 on RetroPi, Lakka and RecalBox. Windows 10 pairing is flawless. My Nexus 6P accepts it like a sibling. So far, I’ve yet to be disappointed with this controller.

Charging is easy – use the supplied USB to MicroUSB cable in a PC or wall adapter. Updating its firmware is just as easy – download the latest firmware, unzip it, boot up the controller by holding START+L+R, plug in the controller to the PC and run the EXE firmware updater.

Included in the package:

  • 8Bitdo SNES controller
  • 3ft USB Type-A to MicroUSB cable
  • SNES30 metal keychain
  • Mobile device adhesive stand
  • Instruction booklet