Andrew Fiore

NES Internal BlueRetro Kit Announced

The developers at ENDURR Technologies have announced an internal BlueRetro mod that will allow for low-lag Bluetooth controller connectivity to the original NES. Preorders were announced to go live later this month on the APE Industries site.  

Developer Aaron Peckler (@Beardanidas) shared that the kit will be compatible with any region front-loader NES (model NES-001) and is no-cut, no-solder, and offers automatic wired controller detection. Kits aim to include all cables and components required for installation.  

Follow updates and preorder listings for this project at the links below. 

This kit is the newest of a growing list of Bluetooth adapters for retro consoles using the BlueRetro interface developed by Jacques Gagnon (@darthcloud64). Common controllers tested for latency using the BlueRetro interface are shown below.  

  1. PS4/PS5: ~5.4 ms
  2. XB1: ~8.8 ms
  3. Switch Pro: ~12.4 ms
  4. PS3: ~12.8
  5. WiiU Pro: ~13.2 ms
  6. 8bitdo: ~16.2 ms
  7. Wiimote: ~16.3 ms

More information about the BlueRetro project and a list of supported consoles can be found on the project’s GitHub (link). For detailed development logs, including raw lag test data, check out darthcloud64’s Hackaday project (link).