It’s not often a company creates a product that undercuts a more expensive option it’s still selling, but that’s what 8BitDo has done with its new DIY controller upgrade kits. Instead of completely replacing a wired controller with a Bluetooth alternative, you can now easily upgrade your existing hardware with wireless functionality so you can use it with virtually any device (except iOS gadgets), all by yourself, for just $20. For the NES and SNES Classic Edition consoles, this is a no-brainer upgrade. 8BitDo’s DIY kits are currently available for five different controllers: the NES and SNES controllers that shipped with the original versions of those consoles, the NES and SNES controllers that ship with the newer (smaller) Classic Edition versions of those consoles, and the original Mega Drive controller that shipped with the Sega Genesis. Each kit is available for $20, and comes with the requisite screwdriver needed to open the controller it’s upgrading, a new circuit board that completely replaces the original one, and a short proprietary charging cable. For comparison, 8BitDo sells pre-built replacement wireless controllers that look and feel like near-perfect copies of Nintendo’s original gamepads, but for $30 each. If you’re looking to save $10, or just happen to really love the greasy, worn down controller you mashed away on as a kid, these DIY kits are an arguably better way to go wireless. They’re not quite as easy as swapping batteries on a gadget, but anyone capable of handling a screwdriver should be able… [Read full story]
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