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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2007
I have tested the 3 in 1 Magic PC Joy Box on both my Mac & Windows PC using an N64 emulator and a GameCube controller, and it works great!

If you want to connect a GameCube controller to your computer, this is the easiest way to do it!

Note: I haven't tested the XBOX/PS2 controllers
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2010
I bought the 3 in 1 Magic PC Joy Box to connect my Dance Dance Revolution dance mat for the Wii into my computer. After installing the driver from the manufacturer's website (the joy box is a rather old piece of hardware...after all, the driver packaged with the device is on a floppy disk), my dance pad worked...even on the Windows 7 platform! So, if you're using Vista or Windows 7, yes, the joy box will work with it.

My only complaint about it is that it has only one slot for each console (PS2, GameCube, XBOX). It would be helpful if it had 2 slots for each console considering the many games out there with multiplayer capabilities.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2008
I didn't expect it to work at all. The XBOX controllers I can't get to work, I figure there is incompatibility with the emulators i'm using it with. Oh well, two player action with a Gamecube and PS2 controller is cool enough.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2012
This works like magic! I have no trouble with this device I play dolphin emulator at full speed & there are no delays with the controller. The only thing is that you must first Plug in the controller before you put in the USB.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2013
I bought this adapter for one reason, to play DDR. So, that's all my review will be based on. I did not will likely never test the GameCube or Xbox ports.

I have 2 metal PS2 DDR pads. I first tested the adapter in my PS3, with the console's version of DDR. I plugged a pad into the adapter before plugging it in to the PS3 and it worked flawlessly. I had no lag or issues.

I then plugged the adapter (pad already plugged in to the adapter) in to my PC. Windows detected it immediately. No setup or drivers were required. I loaded Stepmania and effortlessly mapped my arrows. I had a perfect DDR session and couldn't have been happier.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2013
Bought this to use with a WaveBird wireless GameCube controller. It definitely does not support it. Plugging in a regular gamecube controller shows buttons available and the PC sees button pushes, etc. The WaveBird receiver lights up like its trying to work, but as far as the PC is concerned it sees the MagicJoyBox but no buttons or anything available on it.

I have not tried the PS2 or XBOX ports as I don't have those controllers.

If you have a wired controller, its great. If you have a WaveBird, look elsewhere.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2012
So far, I'm very impressed with this product. It allows you to connect an Xbox controller, Playstation 2 (or Playstation 1) controller and a Gamecube controller to your PC through USB. The great thing is that you can theoretically hook one of each at the same time for 3 players.

So far I haven't been able to test the GC functionality, but I imagine it works as well as the PS2 and Xbox. These adapters are great for getting that "perfect" feel for retro gaming, and often these controllers are cheaper and easier to come by than their PC counterparts. So if you have a bunch of consoles at home, and want to use those same controllers on your PC, now you can. Of course one might argue that this means your controllers will wear out faster, but at least in the short run it will save you money and replacing them will be that much easier. Xbox controllers are harder to come by these days, but as of this writing, Gamecube controllers and Dual Shock 2's are still being sold brand new in stores (and not just the third party variants), because of the Wii's emulation of Gamecube and that the PS2 still has new games coming out for it.

I recommend this product, though there are other similar adapters out there for other needs (like if you want to use Saturn or Dreamcast controllers, or attach 4 ps2 or Xbox, etc controllers at once).

There is official software for this product posted on the mayflash website (it also comes with a mini-cd in the package, don't throw out that cardboard before you find it! though of course the website drivers are the most up to date). You can also download a free program called Joy2Key (which allows you to assign keyboard and mouse functions to joystick functions) if you are having problems getting your pads to work with a particular game or app. I haven't tested other types of controllers with this adapter, but usually these adapters are designed for the pads, sticks, dance mats and sometimes racing wheels. Other gimmicky controllers may not work (and lightguns will not work, especially since they usually require a CRT if you don't have one... but look up EMS, they make guns that will work with LCD, Plasma and projection).

Another thing I like about this adapter is that it has a fairly long cord, which functions like an extension to the console controller's wires. Like all USB devices it's plug and play. Some games though only work if you plug in the adapter after starting up the game (in conjunction to Joy2Key).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2012
All of them work well for old games and can be used simultaneously. The PS2 and NGC controllers have minor flaws and the Xbox has a major flaw. The Playstation/Playstation2 controllers can only have 2 pressure sensitive buttons at one time which can be chosen within its configuration. The Nintendo Gamecube controller works perfectly, but its output mode can be switched by holding the start button for 3 seconds which usually causes problems until you switch it back to the mode it was setup for (there are 3 modes). The Xbox controller's analog sticks do not work at all (I tried two big and one small) but its direction pad works well with old games.

MAKE SURE THE CONTROLLERS ARE PLUGGED IN BEFORE THE ADAPTER IS! You also might need to unplug and replug the adapter after installing the specific controller's driver, to that specific usb port. Another thing to be wary of is that the PS2 and NGC controllers have different modes which affect how the input is handled for the d-pad and analog sticks, for an example the d-pad can be represented by a hat switch, buttons, or directions.

These were tested on Window 7 64 bit and 32 bit operating systems.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2012
So I ordered this adapter because I've recently gotten back into ROMs and Emulators and wanted to try my hand at the PS2 types. I soon found out that trying to map the controls on a keyboard is nearly impossible, so I figured I'd try it out. I had read several reviews that stated you had to download certain drivers to make it work, but I just followed the instructions on the packaging that state to plug in your controller before plugging the whole thing into your PC and it connected no problem.

Then I went in and mapped the buttons in my PSX2 1.0.0 emulator and all worked well. The only thing was getting the PS2 controller joysticks to register took activating the Analog, then it worked. So far, I haven't had any lag time in reference to the controller so I'm a happy camper. I don't know why everyone says to download a driver from the website, because I didn't have to. If I'm wrong, let me know, but I don't have any issues.

Note: I have not tried GC or XBOX yet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2012
It took some fiddling with, but after a little while, I was playing Twilight Princess on Dolphin with my GameCube controller. After playing Mario Sunshine for a bit, I noticed that the shoulder buttons were only recognized as digital input, not analog. For a game like Mario Sunshine, this is a very big problem. I tried downloading drivers on their website, but I still couldn't get them to work correctly. However, I may be overlooking something obvious and this may in fact be fixable, just know that it doesn't seem to work right out of the box. Other than that, everything has been extremely responsive. I haven't tried out the PS2 or Xbox ports, but I know that PS3 and Xbox 360 controllers can be connected to a PC very easily without any kind of adapter, so unless you really want to use an original Xbox controller, I'd really only buy this for the GameCube slot. Highly recommended!
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