When Nintendo released the Online Expansion Pack for the Switch, some of us also rushed to the My Nintendo site in our region to purchase a new wireless N64 controller. Its quite a lovely thing, but this is 2020 and Nintendo is Nintendo, supplies are extremely limited and re-supply hasn’t calmed the situation yet. That doesn’t stop some smart fans, though.
Reddit user davidp730 stressed that waiting for a wireless pad to be reassembled led him to look for a solution of his own. They used their experience as a software developer – along with the Arduino UNO R3 board – to create an option that would allow them to use their original wired N64 controller with Switch titles. Online.
Technically anyone with a board and ‘strings hanging around’ can do it, as the whole point – most importantly the software to make it happen – was shared on Github. In this solution, software is applied to the board, then the pins of the controller port are connected to the board on specific inputs. The board itself connects via USB to the Switch (so it’s a docking solution); The joy of gaming on the Switch with a pad will initially require some cables.
The Reddit post has also had enthusiasts sharing ideas on other approaches, to connect 25-year-old pads to the Switch.
Technology is great, isn’t it?