8bitdo announce double D-pad controller designed for the Nintendo Switch Lite but can also be used by Nintendo Switch itself

Creators of all manner of wonderful retro-styled gamepads, 8bitdo’s Lite Bluetooth Gamepad is probably their most unusual creation yet.

Designed specifically to go with the newly released Nintendo Switch Lite, and borrowing that console’s cute shades of turquoise and yellow, it’s ultra-compact design features not one, but two D-pads.

Explained as an “ultra-portable controller made for 2D games and more”, it’s obviously “fully functional” and “all core buttons supported” for the Switch, though it doesn’t have analog sticks.

While not confirmed in the blurb, the two D-pads are labelled L and R, which implies that the two D-pads will be mapped out to directional inputs in-game.

The controller is compatible with Windows, MacOS, Android, Raspberry Pi and a lot more, thanks to standard Bluetooth controller support and it has upgradeable firmware via its USB-C port.

Meanwhile, the D-pad controller is also compatible with the original Switch and not just to match the style of the Switch Lite.

Hence, it'll be released on 30th October, and it will also be cheaper than Nintendo’s own controllers. At $24.99 it’s less than a single Joy-Con, but potentially with much greater flexibility for quick pick up local mutliplayer.


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