You can now use these new Nintendo 64, NES, SNES and Sega Genesis controllers on Steam

Steam Input now supports these lovely new classic Nintendo Online controllers, thanks to yesterday’s patch (opens in a new tab). Steam Input is Valve’s built-in software allowing users to use any controller they want and correctly map buttons and functions so a game will recognize them even if it only officially supports the Xbox gamepad .

Nintendo Online controllers are reissues of the classic Nintendo 64, NES, SNES and Sega Genesis/Mega Drive controllers. They’re on sale on Nintendo’s online store (although often sold out) and were intended for use with Switch’s subscription service, but the Switch uses Bluetooth, not a proprietary wireless technology. So clearly someone at Valve did what we all thought and made them work on PC. (Thanks, Anonymous Engineer.)

Image of a retro-style controller released for the Nintendo Switch

This, but it’s a Steam Deck and I’m guessing you’re improvising some kind of crutch. Valve does what Nintendo does too? I am not sure. This legend escaped me. (Image credit: Nintendo of America)

And, yes, that means you can go a long way in your quest to pretend your Steam Deck is some kind of giant mutant Switch. You can recreate all those scenes from Nintendo marketing where someone is using the Switch on a table with two people playing local co-op with Nintendo controllers, except it’s a Steam Deck. You can start doing this in our guide to setting up controllers on a Steam Deck.

The easy way to get this setup is to plug your fancy controller into your PC. From there, launch Steam. Go to Settings -> Controller -> and tap General Controller Settings if you haven’t already or jump straight to the per-experience settings you’ve chosen. If you need longer instructions, we have them in our guide to using a Switch Pro controller in Steam. (opens in a new tab)

Nice place, Eurogamer.

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