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This Brawler64 controller is a contemporary solution to play N64 video games on Switch


Coming in 2023, the controller works with Nintendo Switch Online video games such as you’d anticipate

Retro Fighters is popping out with a brand new model of the Brawler64, a modernized N64-inspired controller, and it ought to pair nicely with the Switch Online library because of its button placement. The Brawler64 Wireless Bluetooth Switch Edition is appropriate with Nintendo Switch and PC and it’s at the moment drumming up help on Kickstarter.

That mentioned, the crowdfunding marketing campaign has 20 days left to go and the funding threshold has already been crossed with $12,000 pledged. It’s taking place. Backers will get their orders shipped earlier than retail prospects, with an ETA of February 2023.

There are three colours — Classic Gray, Transparent Blue, and Arctic White — and the Brawler64 Switch Edition is tied to $45 pledges, which can be a $5 low cost from the eventual MSRP. This tier additionally features a USB-C charging cable and instruction handbook.

The Transparent Blue Brawler64 Wireless Bluetooth Switch Edition controller
The Transparent Blue mannequin.

More buttons and a Swap skill

According to Retro Fighters, the purpose of the Brawler64 Switch Edition is “easy connectability.” The gamepad has rumble and extra buttons together with screenshot, residence, and minus buttons. Curiously, there’s additionally a “Swap” button to “switch between [the Nintendo Switch Online] button layout and traditional Switch Pro layout.”

Wireless? Yep, there’s Bluetooth — no “dongles or extra setup” wanted.

As for stretch objectives, Retro Fighters has promised so as to add movement management capabilities at $100K raised, and a future “Gold” particular version controller at $200K raised.

I haven’t used the prior Brawler64 controllers, however I’ve heard them come up in dialog amongst of us who like N64 video games however aren’t precisely stoked to make use of an N64 controller to play them. Especially with this iteration, the design seems like a pleasant steadiness between trendy consolation and nostalgia. I’m already set with Nintendo’s personal N64 controllers for Switch, however I’m intrigued. I do love candy-colored clear controllers.

Syncing a Brawler64 Wireless Bluetooth Switch Edition
Syncing the brand new Brawler64 with a Nintendo Switch.

If you’d prefer to see it in motion, the Kickstarter web page has a brief demonstration of the Brawler64 Switch Edition — there’s footage of a “functional prototype” gamepad taking part in Super Mario 64 through the Super Mario 3D All-Stars assortment, together with the sync course of.

Even if I received’t use the overwhelming majority of them, it’s nice to see so many controller choices.

Jordan Devore

Jordan is a founding member of Destructoid and poster of seemingly random footage. They are something however random.

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