How much would you pay to be transported back into the 8-bit era? Nintendo already gave us a taste of nostalgia with the $60 NES Classic, and now it's offering a similar experience with a pair of NES controllers for the Switch. The big downsides: They also cost $60 and they're only available for Switch Online subscribers. And, not that this comes as a surprise, they're practically useless outside of NES games on the Switch.
Entertainment System Controllers
Nintendo’s NES gamepads for the Switch are pretty much what you’d expect: a dose of retro action in a pricey, wireless shell. They’re great for emulated NES titles, but basically useless elsewhere.
I'll be honest, I've never really liked the NES controller. As a kid, I hated the way it dug into my palms and lacked any sort of contours. When the SNES arrived with its more ergonomic gamepad, which also featured more buttons on the front, and better directional pad and shoulder buttons, I was happy to let my NES gather dust. (The SNES controller was such a groundbreaking design that its influence is still felt today -- you can see traces of it in all of Sony and Microsoft's gamepads.) But in retrospect, I can see how important the NES controller was for the gaming world. It represented a huge leap over the clunky joysticks and huge keyboards earlier consoles came with. It was simple and approachable, something kids and adults alike could use with zero training.