[Review] 8BitDo SN30 2.4G Wireless Controller for Super Nintendo (SNES) Original – AliExpress

The 8BitDo SN30 2.4G Wireless Controller for Super Nintendo (SNES) Original was acquired in AliExpress 8Bitdo Official Store to use in my Analogue Super Nt, that I showed here in Skooter Blog.


In 2017 I got my first 8bitdo SNES30 GamePad and also a Retro Receiver SNES. The SNES30 it's Bluetooth, and works with Retro Receiver SNES on the Super Nintendo original (and also in the Analogue Super Nt) or directly on PCs, Mac, Android, Nintendo Switch, etc.

At the time it was an innovative solution, the first time I could play Super Nintendo wirelessly extending along the way. But SNES30 had its defects, in particular a D-Pad more susceptible to misleading diagonals, and inherent Bluetooth issues such as the delay in synchronizing after the console is turned off and on again.

In 2019 i bought the 8BitDo M30, wireless controller for Mega Drive. Using a proprietary protocol in the range 2,4 GHz, instead of Bluetooth, sync issues have been resolved. So I started to wait for a 2.4G version of Super Nintendo controllers too.

It took a while, but finally 8BitDo came up with 8BitDo SN30 2.4G Wireless, a wireless controller for the Super Nintendo using a proprietary protocol in the range of 2,4 GHz. So I decided to make the acquisition right at the launch.

The 8BitDo SN30 2.4G is a cheaper solution than the Bluetooth versions, for already including the receiver for the Super Nintendo. On the other hand, it cannot be used on computers and other devices without the aid of a Super Nintendo controllers adapter for USB.

Unboxing and Tests

The 8BitDo SN30 2.4G Wireless arrived in a cardboard box. Inside it was another little box: the original packaging of 8BitDo. The extra protection allowed the original packaging to be perfect. Inside the package I found the controller, or receiver, USB cable and instruction manual.

Regarding SNES30, the SN30 changed the design a little to differentiate itself from the original Super Nintendo controller. It is probably a strategy to prevent the arrival of the processinho by Nintendo. A priori I preferred the design identical to that of the SNES due to the nostalgia factor.

But I confess that I even liked the changes in the SN30: removing that lowered circle around the D-Pad was a good idea, that is a dirt accumulator, annoying to clean. In the same way they also removed the circle of different color around the buttons. Left the START and SELECT buttons horizontally (in the original are tilted) and put a downgrade there. This demotion, for another, must also accumulate dirt, but as START and SELECT are less used, maybe it's a minor problem.

Overall the SN30 it was cute, and maintained the same positioning of the D-Pad and all the buttons (except for the small change in START and SELECT). There are versions with buttons in blue / purple and concave / convex as in Super Nintendo and green, blue, yellow and red, all convex, como no Super Famicom. I opted for the SNES version to match my consoles and my Analogue Super Nt, which is also the version with American colors.

I thought it was missing in SN30 extra buttons to bring up the menu on Analogue Super Nt and to trigger a turbo mode, as they exist in 8BitDo M30. Would be welcome additions. But they would depend on Analogue support, that doesn't even fix some bugs on your consoles, the more adding new features.

taking the SN30 I immediately noticed the improvement in the D-Pad. This was confirmed in the games, it became much more difficult to accidentally enter a diagonal.

As for the proprietary protocol in 2.4G, I also noticed the improvements that I had already noticed in the M30: synchronization is immediate. I don't have equipment to measure latency, but testes do Porkchop Express showed that latency around 11ms, the same as the Bluetooth versions, and well below the 5ms observed in the M30 2.4G.

High latency disappointed MiSTer would you like to use the SN30 2.4G. It didn't make much difference to me, because I prefer to use DualShock 4 on the MiSTer for Super Nintendo games. Why 8BitDo hit the ball with latency? Hard to know. A firmware update might solve the problem, but I don't count on it much.

Anyway for me the SN30 2.4G is still a valid upgrade with respect to SNES30, because of the better D-Pad and not having the Bluetooth synchronization problems.

I just don't know yet what my fate will be SNES30. Maybe I should test it via Bluetooth on MiSTer, to have a more faithful alternative to the original Super Nintendo controller, but the worse D-Pad I don't like. Anyway, i can also use SN30 on the MiSTer with the aid of Super Nintendo controllers adapter for USB.

Check out the photos and video of the unboxing and tests 8BitDo SN30 2.4G Wireless Controller for Super Nintendo (SNES) Original:


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Por fim, This is the table-summary of purchase:

Product Name: 8BitDo SN30 2.4G Wireless Controller for Super Nintendo (SNES) Original
Name Original: 8BitDo SN30 2.4G Wireless Gamepad for Original SNES/S FC (SN Edition) – Super NES
Store: AliExpress 8Bitdo Official Store
Value: R$ 123,74
Current value: R$ 135,35
Payment Method: Credit Card Visa International
Shipping Type: Aliexpress Standard Shipping
Shipping Fee: Free
Package Home Country: China
Purchase Data: 15/07/2020
Submission Date: 17/07/2020
Data Delivery: 14/08/2020
Time in Transit: 28 days
Declared content: PC gamepad
Type Marked Content: Others
Declared Value: USD $10.0
Taxed: Not
Taxable Value: -
Tax Value: -

Final Considerations

I'm satisfied 8BitDo SN30 2.4G Wireless Controller for Super Nintendo (SNES) Original. It fixes the D-Pad and Bluetooth sync issues on the SNES30, e hoje é provavelmente a melhor opção de controlador sem fio para o Super Nintendo original.

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Excellent review, it was just what I lacked to have the courage to buy one of these. Thank you!

What a pity this latency “high”. The M30 really, I really felt the difference when buying, I hope they fix this problem in other versions, otherwise the bluetooth version ends up being better for compatibility.


I have a model like this from 8Bitdo but for the Snes Classic bought in 2018 e via Bluetooth. D-Pad does not really help by easily entering a wrong diagonal ( or in my case down very easily ). Play fighting games or think, any “Hadouken” in 20 out 1 or 2 certain. I tried to make “repairs” I found on the internet but none worked ( put electrical tape around the contacts, etc.). To play RPGs and other games that do not depend on accuracy works great, but for those who need it I have to play the original wired controls. The good thing about Classic is that this control has one more feature, which is the select down button, which is the shortcut for the console reset., very good to use Saves in Snes Classic ( in the original wired controls there is no such function ).

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