8BitDo Arcade Stick Preview

ReleaseOctober 20, 2020
PlatformsNS / PC
Size11.9” x 8.0” x 4.4”
Cable3 m
Weight4.63 lbs


8BitDo has given us the N30, an arcade stick with the main appeal of a Nintendo aesthetic and not much else. It seems that 8BitDo is attempting to right its wrong by creating this sequel of an arcade stick, and its profile is admittedly quite promising, which it should be now that the next console generation is nigh, and this is probably 8BitDo’s last chance to establish itself as an arcade stick manufacturer.

With this arcade stick, expect 8BitDo’s so called ultimate software that enables the customization of button mapping and the creation of button macros. There are even two dedicated macro buttons. Controller profiles can be switched between at any time. Furthermore, the button layout is dynamic as it changes its visuals when switching between the Nintendo Switch and PC or XInput. Turbo mode is supported. Modders should be happy as the arcade stick is designed with a universal joystick mounting plate, supporting the likes of Sanwa, Seimitsu, and Happ parts.

Should you not want to do with a USB-C connection, you can connect the arcade stick through Bluetooth or even 2.4G. The included 2.4G receiver has a special hidden compartment for safe storage. With a 1000mAh lithium ion battery, you can expect to play for up to 30 hours on Bluetooth and 40 hours on 2.4G, with the charging time being four hours.

Looks wise, this arcade stick unfortunately brings back the same dull design of the N30 if not worse, and the colorful array of buttons on the upper left seem awfully mismatched, but the general Nintendo aesthetic is still there. Only time will tell whether or not this arcade stick will be the one that officially puts 8BitDo on the map as a real contender in the market. Since the price is quite affordable, find out for yourself by preordering today!