[Review] 8BitDo M30 Bluetooth – GamePad estilo Mega Drive para Switch, Windows, Android, MacOS, Steam

The 8BitDo M30 Bluetooth é um gamepad style Mega Drive to Switch, Windows, Android, MacOS, Steam, Raspberry Pi and other systems. He was acquired on AliExpress, shop 8Bitdo Official Store.

A 2.4G version of the M30 8BitDo, which is most suitable for use in the Mega Drive and Mega Analogue Sg, It has been analyzed here in Skooter Blog. Note que a Bluetooth version It can also be used in the Mega Drive, but requires the use of a receptor Bluetooth, sold separately. A version 2.4 G It comes with 2.4G receiver.


While I was waiting for the release of Analogue Mega Sg, I acquired in presale, I intended already get a couple of 8BitDo M30 2.4G to use with it. So I got the first one at launch, and the second some time later. Both were reviews aqui no Skooter Blog.

But I also wanted a 8BitDo M30 Bluetooth for use with emulators in My mini PC. To this day I consider control of Mega Drive the best for games like Street Fighter, by having 6 front buttons and a digital directional (D-Pad) very good.

Of course I could have acquired the 8BitDo M30 Bluetooth and use it both on your PC and on the Mega Drive through 8BitDo Retro Receiver para Mega Drive. But the fact is that the Retro Receiver costs about the price of a 8BitDo M30 2.4G, so I think more advantage to have both versions: the 8BitDo M30 2.4G for the Mega Drive and Analogue Mega Sg, and the 8BitDo M30 Bluetooth for PC.

The 8BitDo M30 2.4G It takes advantage of the Mega Drive to have lower latency, because of using a proprietary protocol instead of Bluetooth. On the other hand, the Retro Receiver It has the advantage of allowing the connection of other controls Bluetooth no Mega Drive, including the Playstation 3, Playstation 4, XBox, Switch, Wii, etc. But I do not see there a lot of motivation to do this.

Made all these considerations, then decided to purchase the 8BitDo M30 Bluetooth to play in my Mini PC.


The 8BitDo M30 Bluetooth came well packed, with bubble wrap around the product box, and in another carton, leaving the original packaging of the product in perfect condition despite the blows transport.

Opening the box of 8BitDo M30 Bluetooth I noticed that there is a quirk of the most 8BitDo regarding version 2.4 G. Note the double packaging in photographs.

The control itself is very similar to version 2.4 G. In front the only difference is the absence of “2.4g” in the control model of screen printing. But the sides have noted great differences.

On the bottom side of the 8BitDo M30 Bluetooth has 4 LEDs, which serve to identify which is the first, second, third, and four control when multiple of them are connected to the same PC. And perhaps they also occur in other supported systems.

On the top side we find the USB connector, that this model is a USB Type C. In version 2.4 G the connector is a microUSB. I do not understand why 8BitDo used different connectors in different versions. Why not do both with the new USB Type C?

Another difference in the upper side is the presence of the sync button, that does not exist in version 2.4 G. Por fim, the 8BitDo M30 Bluetooth only has a status LED on the top side, while version 2.4 G have two.

In the bottom of the 8BitDo M30 Bluetooth the peck brings the button combinations to turn it on the way Switch, DirectInput, XInput, or MacOS. This peck comes quite in handy for those who will use it on multiple systems and will not be needing decorating combinations or consult the manual every time.

Check out the photos and the video of the unboxing from the 8BitDo M30 Bluetooth:


I did my tests 8BitDo M30 Bluetooth no Windows 10 with the included USB cable and the Bluetooth to see how it performs in each case.

When connected to Windows 10 via USB, these are the correspondences of each of the buttons 8BitDo M30 Bluetooth:

  • Directional – X and Y axes
  • A – Button 1
  • B – Button 2
  • C – Button 8
  • X – Button 4
  • And – Button 5
  • From – Button 7
  • L – Button 9
  • R – Button 10
  • Start – Button 12
  • Mode – Button 11
  • Home – Windows Game Bar

The Turbo is fully functional and apparently does not depend on the operating system.

the buttons 3, 6, 13, 14, and 15 They appear in Windows but are mismatched. Rotation Z is also unmatched.

8BitDo M30 Bluetooth - Windows via USB.

8BitDo M30 Bluetooth – Windows via USB.

The Bluetooth connection is via quiet, simply put the pairing mode Control for Windows to find it and then simply press the START button to confirm the synchronization.

8BitDo M30 Bluetooth - Connected via Bluetooth

8BitDo M30 Bluetooth – Connected via Bluetooth

When connected to Windows 10 via Bluetooth, these are the correspondences of each of the buttons 8BitDo M30 Bluetooth:

  • Directional – X and Y axes
  • L and R – Z axes
  • A – Button 1
  • B – Button 2
  • C – Button 6
  • X – Button 3
  • And – Button 4
  • From – Button 5
  • Start – Button 8
  • Mode – Button 7
  • Home – Game Bar

Again the Turbo is fully functional and apparently does not depend on the operating system.

the buttons 9 and 10 They appear in Windows but are mismatched. Rotation Rotation X and Y are also mismatched.

8BitDo M30 Bluetooth - Windows via Bluetooth

8BitDo M30 Bluetooth – Windows via Bluetooth

Unfortunately Retroarch (version 1.7.7) does the configuration of 8BitDo M30 Bluetooth automatically as with some other controls. You need to map manually. Maybe it's because the directional itself as analog axis, but not sure.

I did most of my testing with MAME, with games in the franchise Street Fighter, configuring X, And, and Z to the punches and A, B, and C for the kicks, to have the same provision of the arcade. I put the Start button to start and Mode to place chips. I found no problems running the special moves, and I did not notice any latency. The 8BitDo M30 Bluetooth definitely will be my standard control for most arcade games in MAME.

Despite having a Nintendo Switch I will owe a test with him for now. In fact I have not found much motivation there to test, because the games I have need of the analog stick and work very well in Nintendo Pro Controller Switch.

Also not tested in Android e na Steam By virtually no play in these systems. My games in Steam are just the Full Throttle Remastered, the Day of the Tentacle Remastered, which are best played with the mouse. I have also Portal and Receiver I won in promotions, mas acho que nunca joguei.


These are the package tracking information obtained in the AliExpress:

2019.05.28 16:15 (GMT-7): Delivery successful
2019.05.24 18:07 (GMT-7): Cleared customs
2019.05.24 09:07 (GMT-7): Started customs clearance process
2019.05.24 09:03 (GMT-7): Accepted by Last Mile Carrier
2019.05.16 20:55 (GMT-7): Departed country of origin
2019.05.13 13:55 (GMT-7): Shipment accepted by airline
2019.05.12 16:24 (GMT-7): Shipment left country of origin warehouse
2019.05.08 22:51 (GMT-7): Shipment at country of origin warehouse
2019.05.08 22:21 (GMT-7): Shipment dispatched

Through the code LP + 15 digits, that appears in the system AliExpress, You can get the code from ePacket posted in Sweden (LB + 9 digits + SE), by using the site system Cainiao, that displays the following information:


2019-05-28 16:15:00 [GMT+0]

Import clearance success
2019-05-24 18:07:00 [GMT+0]

Import clearance start
2019-05-24 09:07:00 [GMT+0]

Arrive at destination country
2019-05-24 09:03:00 [GMT+0]

Hand over to airline
2019-05-16 20:55:00 [GMT+0]

Depart from transit country or district
2019-05-15 17:39:00 [GMT+0]

Arrive at transit country or district
2019-05-15 15:37:00 [GMT+0]

Received by line-haul
2019-05-13 13:55:00 [GMT+0]

Outbound in sorting center
2019-05-12 16:24:44 [GMT + 8]

Inbound in sorting center
2019-05-08 22:51:14 [GMT + 8]

Accepted by carrier
2019-05-08 22:21:14 [GMT + 8]

And these are the information obtained on the site of the station:

Delivered to the addressee object
Object out for delivery to the recipient
Object forwarded
Treatment Unit in INDAIATUBA / SP for distribution in Unit REMOVED / SP
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Object forwarded
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Customs supervision terminated
Object received by the post Office of Brazil


Product Name: 8BitDo M30 Bluetooth
Name Original: 8BitDo M30 Bluetooth Gamepad for Sega Genesis Mega Drive Style for Nintendo Switch
Store: AliExpress | Store: 8Bitdo Official Store
Value: R$ 106,16
Current value: R$ 123,51 (US$ 29,99)
Payment Method: Credit Card Visa International
Shipping Type: Aliexpress Standard Shipping
Shipping Fee: Free
Package Home Country: China
Purchase Data: 06/05/2019
Submission Date: 08/05/2019
Data Delivery: 28/05/2019
Time in Transit: 20 days
Declared content: Gamepad
Type Marked Content: Others
Declared Value: USD 10.00
Taxed: Not
Taxable Value: -
Tax Value: -

Final Considerations

I'm satisfied 8BitDo M30 Bluetooth. Para mim é o controle perfeito para jogos de arcade, as Street Fighter. Até melhor que um controle de arcade, uma vez que eu pouco joguei nos arcades e minha experiência com esse tipo de jogo foi predominantemente no Super Nintendo, tendo de fazer malabarismo com o controle que só tinha 4 botões de face. Por conta disso meu controle ideal tem D-Pad, como no Super Nintendo, but 6 botões botões de face. E esse é o 8BitDo M30 Bluetooth.

Minha experiência com ele foi de uma sincronização simples, e uma jogatina sem lag, apesar do protocolo Bluetooth. E o conforto é o mesmo da 2.4G version of the M30 8BitDo.

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