SNES controller to Famicom adapter

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

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Product Description:
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.
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Famicom connector
SNES connector
Typical use


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IMPORTANT: This is not a complete list. If your controller or game does not appear here, it simply means that we did not get the chance (or the idea) to test it, or that no one let us know that it works.

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Supported controllers
ModelTested bySupportedComments
Super Famicom controller SHVC-005 (Japan)raphnet tech.Yes
Tested games/systems
Game/systemTested bySupportedComments
Original Famicom console HVC-001 (Japan)raphnet tech.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.

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


[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.