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8BitDo’s Zero 2 is a gamepad so small you could almost lose it down the back of an atom

8 Bit on the tiny side

When you return to games systems you enjoyed as a kid, you might mull how the controllers seem so much smaller now. 8BitDo’s Zero 2 (about $20) takes this to the extreme, given that it looks like someone left a SNES controller in the wash. But despite being small in stature, this gamepad’s not short of features. You get all the usual controls (D-pad; four action buttons; shoulder triggers; two function buttons), motion controls, wireless Bluetooth, and support for Android, macOS, Windows and Nintendo Switch. And although Stuff is getting cramp just thinking about a marathon gaming session with this diminutive device, that you can feasibly whack it on a keyring means it’s ideal fodder for a gaming emergency, like when you rock up at a friend’s and they’ve only one working controller and a game of retro classic Bubble Bobble eagerly waiting for you to hammer Start.

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I’m a regular contributor to Stuff magazine and Stuff.tv, covering apps, games, Apple kit, Android, Lego, retro gaming and other interesting oddities. I also pen opinion pieces when the editor lets me, getting all serious about accessibility and predicting when sentient AI smart cookware will take over the world, in a terrifying mix of Bake Off and Terminator.

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Mobile apps and games, Macs, iOS and tvOS devices, Android, retro games, crowdfunding, design, how to fight off an enraged smart saucepan with a massive stick.

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