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This Retro Controller Lets You Soup Up Your Mobile Gaming

Anyone who grew up in the 90s knows that playing classic Super Nintendo games on mobile emulators just isn't the same without the iconic SNES controller. And your phone's touchscreen just isn't up to snuff when it comes to getting your caped plumber to fly in Super Mario World (1991) or switching between items to defeat Ganon in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991).

But the tech gurus of 8Bitdo have a chic and affordable solution. They've developed a replica controller that turns your Android phone or iPad into a deluxe Game Boy. By hooking your device up via Bluetooth or USB, you can program your emulator app to run games using the classic controls that you grew up mashing in Street Fighter II (1992). The throwback paddle will indulge your nostalgia with its remarkable authenticity, right down to the indigo and lavender buttons.

Available through The Daily Dot's online store, the controller costs $34.95 US and comes with a holder for your phone. But you can also hook up the controller to your PC or Mac.

Here's the controller in action.

banner image: Flickr / Dineshraj Goomany

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