Alex Mitchell

StrikerDC Review: Welcome to the Stage of History

I appreciate it when companies like 8BitDo update tried and true designs with a few modern amenities—wireless connection, turbo buttons, etc.—but it’s also nice to see companies throw convention to the wind and take a crack at reinventing the wheel. Enter Retro Fighters: the Kickstarter controller darlings of retro gaming, hellbent on creating alternatives to […]

Alex Mitchell

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 […]

Rany Battikh

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 […]

Vanessa (Vanessaira)

Retro Fighters Dreamcast Controller Update

Retro Fighters recently released an update indicating the current state of production and expectations for shipping their new Dreamcast controller.  They state additional time is needed due to the Covid 19 pandemic, and now expects to have one more update for backers indicating when the factory shipments are moving to the warehouses and fulfillment facilities.  […]

Rany Battikh

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 […]

Rany Battikh

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 […]

Vanessa (Vanessaira)

Retro Fighters Dreamcast Controller Update

Retro Fighters just posted an update on their Kickstarter page.  In it they state that the initial samples are finished and wish to get the prototypes into a test batch production run.  If the pilot production and final set of testing is successful.  Mass production will soon follow.  Retro Fighters had hoped to have these […]

Rany Battikh

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 […]

SmokeMonster

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 […]