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8BitDo Retro Mechanical Keyboard | Image: Supplied

New 8BitDo Mechanical Keyboard Unveils Nostalgic Nintendo Charm


The past has a way of sneaking into our present, and no one knows this better than 8BitDo. Inspired by the classics of yesteryears, 8BitDo has developed a shiny new device that’s about to make waves in the tech world. Say hello to the 8BitDo Retro Mechanical Keyboard, a device that marries vintage aesthetics with contemporary function. Set to ship on 20 September 2023; this keyboard has already caught the eye of retro gaming enthusiasts and tech-savvy alike.

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8BitDo Retro Mechanical Keyboard | Image: Supplied
8BitDo Retro Mechanical Keyboard | Image: Supplied

Coming in two distinct editions – the “N Edition” and the “Fami Edition” – this mechanical keyboard pays homage to the legendary Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and Famicom. The N Edition showcases a white/dark grey/black colour scheme reminiscent of the NES, while the Fami Edition channels Famicom’s signature white and crimson, even adding Japanese characters below the English markings. Available for USD$99.99, each design carefully toes the line between inspiration and infringement, allowing gamers to relish the nostalgia without attracting the ire of Nintendo’s legal team.

But this keyboard is not just a pretty face. It’s packed with Kailh Box White Switches V2, supporting n-key rollover and featuring a top-mount style. Its hot-swappable PCB allows you to customise each button, providing a seamless typing experience. But, as wonderful as this keyboard is, our attention is immediately drawn to the Dual Super Buttons.

8BitDo Retro Mechanical Keyboard | Image: Supplied
8BitDo Retro Mechanical Keyboard | Image: Supplied

Included free of charge with your 8BitDo Retro Mechanical Keyboard, these large programmable keys, reminiscent of the old Nintendo controllers and arcade machines of the past, can be mapped instantly without software, and they come with a hefty dose of flair. Want more? You can buy extras for USD$20 per set.

Compatibility is king with this keyboard. It seamlessly connects with Windows 10 and above, Android 9.0 and above via Bluetooth, 2.4G wireless, or a good old-fashioned wire. Throw in the magnetic adapter compartment for the dongle, and you’ve got a gadget prepared for almost anything. 

The 8BitDo Ultimate Software V2 puts control back in your hands, allowing you to switch key mappings on the fly and dabble in powerful macro functions. The independent control panel makes it simple and efficient. Forget complex shortcuts; it’s all about turning and clicking. 

8BitDo Retro Mechanical Keyboard | Image: Supplied
8BitDo Retro Mechanical Keyboard | Image: Supplied

Unfortunately for Apple users, the 8BitDo Ultimate Software V2 is only compatible with PC and Android. If you’re serious about using this keyboard with your Macintosh, you may need a Windows device to program the keys beforehand.

Specifications-wise, the keyboard measures 377mm and weighs just over a kilo. The Dual Super Buttons come in at 160mm and 270g. The 2000mAh Li-on battery offers 200 use hours with a 4-hour charging time, and the package includes goodies like a USB cable, a 2.4G adapter, an instruction manual, and 8BitDo fun stickers.

8BitDo Retro Mechanical Keyboard | Image: Supplied
8BitDo Retro Mechanical Keyboard | Image: Supplied

The 8BitDo Retro Mechanical Keyboard is a nostalgic nod to gaming’s golden era, coupled with the finesse of modern technology. It’s sleek, customisable, and a must-have for any tech or gaming enthusiast looking to make a statement with their gear. While the keyboards haven’t started shipping yet, one thing’s for sure – this blast from the past is setting the stage for an exciting future. So go ahead, grab your 8BitDo and take a joyous trip down memory lane – you won’t regret it.

8BitDo Retro Mechanical Keyboard | Image: Supplied
8BitDo Retro Mechanical Keyboard | Image: Supplied
8BitDo Retro Mechanical Keyboard | Image: Supplied
8BitDo Retro Mechanical Keyboard | Image: Supplied