Steam Deck now supports classic Nintendo online controllers

Clearly the Steam Deck is a great way for users to play their Steam games, and an update means players can now use Nintendo peripherals.

The steam bridge was released at the end of February, and it generally received high praise not only for its ability to play Steam games on the go, but also for its versatility. With Valve saying all Steam Deck orders should be fulfilled by the end of 2022, even more people will likely be happy with the company’s new mobile device. On top of that, there has been a system update that allows players to plug in Nintendo peripherals.


A patch for the Steam Deck went live last week, indicating that it now supports classic Nintendo Online controllers. This means users can plug in their NES, SNES and N64 pad, all of which should be plug and play now. These are the brand changes of the controllers and not the originals, as the newer iterations are USB compatible. The update doesn’t say if the classic SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis controller will be supported, so it looks like it’s Nintendo only for now.

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There are some absolutely iconic Nintendo controllers, dating back to the 80s. Older gamers will remember using them in their early instances, with later models eye-catching in an effort to be innovative. For example, the mid-90s saw the birth of the N64 controller, with its singular analog stick, unique at the time, and the Z trigger button underneath, as well as that central grip that made the pad look like a W Grey. It was considered quite weird at the time, but eventually most gamers got used to it.

When it comes to Valve’s portable system in general, it seems like there’s plenty of room to accommodate a bit of nostalgia. For example, someone recently installed an original Xbox emulator on the Steam Deck with the intention of playing classic games like Halo, Time Separators 2and Gaiden ninja. It’s become pretty clear that the device is more than just a way for gamers to have mobile access to their Steam library.

Despite Valve’s failed hardware development attempts in the past, the developer has shown it has the ability to create a device that can strike a chord with the gaming industry. The fact that the steam bridge can also have Windows installed on it and be used almost the same as a PC is one of the reasons it stands out from something like the Switch.

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