SNES controller to Famicom adapter

With this adapter, you can use an SNES controller to play games on your Famicom.

  •  This product
  •  Famicom connector
  •  SNES connector
  •  Typical use


If you want to play games on your Famicom console but have a strong preference for SNES controllers, or own many cool but snes-only arcade sticks you'd like to use, this adapter is exactly what you need.

  • Supports SNES controllers. (Official Nintendo and most 3rd party)
  • Length: Approximately 5ft.
  • Button mapping:
    • SNES B: Famicom A
    • SNES Y: Famicom B
    • SNES D-Pad: Famicom D-Pad
    • SNES Start/Select: Famicom Start/Select
  • Latency: None![1] Zero latency is actually possible for this adapter since it is a simple "wiring only" adapter.
[1] Ignoring of course the speed of electricity in the extra 5ft of cable. Assuming a velocity factor of 42% the speed of light, this means a latency of about 24ns (0.0000000240 second). Of course it does not matter at all.


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DescriptionSNES/SFC Controller to Famicom adapter

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Tested Controllers

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ModelTested bySupportedComments
Super Famicom controller SHVC-005 (Japan)raphnet.Yes
Super Famicom Fighting Commander (Hori HSJ-14)raphnet.Yes

Tested games/systems

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Game/systemTested bySupportedComments
Original Famicom console HVC-001 (Japan)raphnet.Yes
Akumajo Densetsuraphnet.Yes


Q: Can I get a different mapping?
A: Unfortunately different mappings are not possible on this adapter since it is a simple wire-to-wire design without a micro-controller. This not very flexible, but it provides "speed of light" latency (i.e. zero).

Q: But if it's just wiring, can't you just swap wires to remap buttons?
A: No. NES and SNES controllers use a serial protocol. i.e. Button states (bits) are sent by the controller in a specific (and fixed) sequence over a single wire. We would need to introduce a micro-controller in the middle to reorder the bits, and this would mean a completely different design. There are not plans to make one currently.

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With this adapter, you can use an SNES controller to play games on your NES.

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