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144 of 152 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2010
I got two of these controllers because they're cheap and meet the requirements for what I needed them for (playing emulated NES/SNES/Sega, etc games). I used the free shipping which took so long I forgot that I had ordered them, but it was still here before their last possibly delivery date by 2 days. I immediately opened the first controller, plugged it in, had it recognized by Windows 7 Enterprise and configured it with my emulator and was playing Bubble Bobble with in 5 minutes.

My girlfriend got excited and rushed to open the other one, I plugged it in, had it recognized by Windows but nothing would work to get the buttons to actually do anything. I tried 4 different USB ports on the back of my custom rig to no avail, unplugged the one that worked and wiped controller one to test to see if maybe they were just conflicting and it still wouldn't do anything at all (I am a certified computer technician and I do it for a living).

I'm going to go ahead and leave it at 4 stars because the one that works works well and all the buttons on it look and feel like an original SNES controller. They're kind of cheap plastic, but what do you expect for something which costs half as much as the only other option locally (a Logitech game pad for $25 at Best Buy where I'm from, these were $13 each and shipped free).

I have filled out a UPS pick up return for the other one and the package is already waiting outside my door for them to come get the bad one tomorrow. There are no driver cds or anything with them just a really cheap cardboard box with tons of plastic wrap, so YMMV on getting them installed properly, I had no problems with auto-detection on Windows 7.

**UPDATE** 3/27 - I received my replacement for the bad controller yesterday, 4 days ahead of schedule, and it works without issue. Amazon had UPS come pick it up for return at no cost to me and I got the replacement fast. Excellent.
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104 of 116 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2010
Wanted to say that using the Snes9x emulator, this controller works fine on a Mac as well.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2011
Installed instantly, worked with ZSNES on Vista and Windows 7. It looks pretty much just like the real deal, but be advised that the whole thing is definitely lighter / cheaper feeling than a real SNES controller. That said, after I few minutes of playing, I was used to it and it didn't bother me anymore.

TOUCHY D-Pad: Like others have said here, when I first got it, the d-pad was very touchy. Specifically, it worked great in all directions but left; to go left, I had to hit the button directly straight on, which as you know is not always an option when Diddey Kong is about to hit an enormous bee in mid-air! BUT THERE'S AN EASY FIX if you have a tiny Phillips screw driver:

I removed all five screws and the back lifts right off of the controller (one screw is hidden under a quality inspection sticker). lift out the beige main board carefully. Note how everything is arranged so you can put it back that way when you're done. (This is all a lot easier than it sounds...there aren't that many parts, I promise!) On mine, there was a little bit of extra plastic stuck to the back of the D-pad under the "back" button, like what gets leftover when they stamp out plastic parts super fast and cheap. Twisted this bit off with my fingers, inspected the others to make sure they were all good, and put it all back together again. Whole process took <10 minutes, and now it works perfectly!

SO, if you get one that has a touchy d-pad (or any other button, for that matter) it's probably just that the cheaply made plastic pieces have a bit of extra stuff that needs to be removed. You could return it, but there's no guarantee you won't have the same problem with the next one (these are really pretty cheap, after all).

Otherwise, this is great and I love it. I'm ordering a second one right now for two player games, and then it's off to Super Mario World for the rest of the day...
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2009
Nice controller overall. The buttons are responsive and not mushy. The D-pad is a little noisy and creaky but works well with both Super Mario Kart and Mario Kart 64.

The pad also works nicely with emulation software on the laptop.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2011
I ordered four of these, they work great! I am currently using them with a SNES Emulator on Mac OS Snow Leopard. However, they seem to have a trick to them to make them function properly. Two of the four controllers needed an adjustment. The buttons would not respond correctly because the programming card inside each controller was loose. Simply unscrew the back of the controller and snap the card into position where it should be (the position is obvious based on the structure inside the case). That's it! After I adjusted the two.. I never had any more problems :). Based on this.. these controller should be worth only about 8-10 bucks. Not 15. Hope this review helps!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2010
I have quite a lot of SNES and NES roms on my computer. With my emulators, I could play this stuff all day. I hook up my computer to my TV via HDMI and have a blast. However, I wanted two controllers so I could play with my nephew. I wasn't impressed with the logitech gampepads and ones made by other companies. Didn't want to make it so I could use my Playstation 3 controller either. I wanted something more old school like I used to have. So, I got two of these.

They work exactly as they should. In under a minute, I was able to use both controllers with the emulators. The controller works flawlessly, no sticking or broken buttons. While the controller may feel light and "cheap," my nephew dropped his quite a few times and it still works fine. Also, a number of times, my nephew was too far away from the computer while holding the controller. I was scared that he would rip or tear the wire. No such thing happened. The wire is quality as well.

I highly recommend these. You get a quality controller with the old school feel. You could get two of these for pretty much the same price as one of the newer and more expensive "brand name" controllers. If you are playing games where you need many buttons, then this may not be for you. But, if you are like me and are playing NES and SNES games, it is absolutely perfect.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
The D-pad left direction stopped working after using it for 30 minutes. This controller is essentially useless.
Waste of money.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2010
I was excited to get this controller and play some of my old favs via ZSNES. At first impressions, the controller felt nice, good weight, good feedback on the buttons; it also looked very good. After using it for about an hour it the left arrow on the d-pad became hard to use (you had to press very hard for it to work) and then the UP.. eventually the controller rendered itself completely useless.. pity.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2011
This controller is a total piece of garbage and waste of money. It worked for about 45 minutes before the d-pad completely gave out. Just holding it you can hear buttons rattling around and it feels cheap. Nowhere near the quality and feel of a real snes controller.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2011
This is my second one, the first one quit working after less than an hour of gameplay so Amazon shipped out a new one. Got it today and again it worked great for the first 20 minutes or so, no issues, then all of a sudden the left-directional button quit entirely (same issue as first one). I will not be getting another one...what a shame because when it WAS working it was fantastic fun and a great deal at the price. And FYI I was using on a Mac with OS 10.6, simple plug-and-play. sigh.
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