MLiG releases Pt2 of their ode to first-party controllers

My Life in Gaming creators Coury Carlson and Marc Duddleson have released a new video that discusses first-party controller designs from the fifth and sixth generation of home consoles (1993-2006). My Life in Gaming is a YouTube channel known for producing high-quality content that explores topics ranging from maximizing the fidelity of your retro gaming experience, to […]

Retro-Bit’s new Dreamcast controller

Carrying on with their line of SEGA legacy controllers, Retro-Bit just revealed the preliminary design for their upcoming Dreamcast controller. What’s different this time, is that Retro-Bit with the collaboration of SEGA, altered the the classic design of the not-so-popular original DC controller, opting for: 6 face-button layout (similar to the Saturn 3D controller, 2D […]

8BitDo 2.4 GHz SNES controllers

Renowned console peripherals designers 8BitDo have just opened pre-orders for their new SN30 2.4 GHz wireless controller for the SNES/Super Famicom. To coincide with the release of Analogue’s Super-NT back in early 2018, 8BitDo released matching Bluetooth controllers that interfaced with the Super Nintendo’s 7-pin port through their very own dongle called the Retro Receiver. […]

SNS-102 Controller Tear Down

I acquired a SNS-102 controller and wanted to do a teardown to see if there was anything special about this SNES controller vs the original SNS-005 controller. I only recently found out this controller existed after watching MLiG’s First Party Controllers video. Naturally when Try said there was something “different” about the controller I had to […]

Specialist controller for TG16/PC-Engine by Hyperkin

Hyperkin just released the Specialist, a $30, 2-button controller that’s compatible with both TurboGrafx 16 and PC-Engine systems:  http://bit.ly/pcespecialist The Specialist is styled after the CoreGrafx controller and its simple layout consisting of: a d-pad, start and select buttons, II and I buttons and their corresponding (3-level) turbo toggles. While I wouldn’t necessarily use the Specialist […]

8BitDo DIY kits for Saturn and Nintendo Dogbone controllers

8BitDo just released 2 separate DIY kits that will basically turn original wired Sega Saturn and Nintendo Dogbone (NES-039) controllers into Bluetooth controllers, making them fully compatible with devices like the Switch, PC and Raspberry Pi. Each kit includes a board that fits snugly under the D-pad and buttons on the inside of the plastic […]

Neo Geo Mini Controller Mod for Real Neo Geo & Clicky D-Pad

Magic Trashman has written a tutorial on how to padhack a Neo Geo Mini controller to DB15 (arcade/Neo Geo direct connection) and add a clicky microswitch d-pad to it. It’s a relatively complex mod involving custom 3D prints, but MT has been offering pre-modified controllers for sale through Twitter. I bought one of these from […]

UD-USB Decoder Arcade Controller Converter Firmware Update

UD Game Tech makes a popular controller adapter called the UD-USB Decoder (AKA “Undamned Converter”) that adapts Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4 controllers to arcade format, for use with arcade game PCBs and superguns. Last week he issued a firmware update to bring support to even more popular PS4 joysticks: UD-USB & UD-CPS2 […]

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