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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2012
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I was a 90's Baby, and I have to say I really do miss the old time controllers used when playing video games. And with all the emulators on the internet to relive my childhood days, it just was not the same with a keyboard and Mouse. Until I found the Retrolink USB Controller! It is close to what the Sega Genesis (Second/Thrid) Style controllers where, it works for me.

Pros
+Feels Great
+Same Size as Genesis Controller (Not Original)
+Installs Easy

Cons
-Cheap Plastic
-Loose Buttons
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2013
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After playing with my Sega Retrolink controller I would have to say "I'm not too impressed." First of all I was hoping the controller would feel similar to my old 6 button Sega game pad, which I still have to compare to. No such luck. The weight is about half of the original, and I really liked my old 6 button because I could easily slide my figure across the keys, can't really do that on this. Now when I try it I feel like I'm going to rip a button out. Not to mention the design is a bother. If I smash the A button during a 'Mortal Kombat' Fight I jab my thumb on the plastic. I looked at the reviews and saw somebody broke theirs, and it doesn't surprise me. I feel I could very easily snap this in half. And it is only similar to my 6-button controller, not exact, it is only about 90% the size of the original. That bothers me only because I'm weird and can actually notice those things just by holding it.

So why did I buy this you ask... I was looking at getting a NES and SNES controller and the Sega controller was recommended. At the moment I was debating between a Sega to USB converter or just a Sega USB controller and thought I'd give this a shoot. Considering that I used my Discover Cash back and for all intensive purposes got this for free, it is not bad for free. It will be nice for when the kids want to play my old games on the computer so they can break this and not my nice controllers. But I think for myself I'll just get a Sega to USB converter next time. The purchase was not a complete waste, I really do like my NES and SNES controllers that I got, but they were not Retrolink. Again I would suggest a Sega to USB converter before this controller.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2013
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This is a horrible purchase. I just received it today and within 5 minutes of opening it and connecting it to my computer it broke. This is poorly put together. the D-pad comes right off and all 6 buttons on the right are so loose that they can pop out. Dont waste money on this product.

The company has fully refunded me for the product and is not having me ship it back. They were very prompt in helping the customer out
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2013
I got this excited to play with an emu on my mac. It worked fine until the d-pad snapped off it's base after about 2 months use. Now it's unusable but the company will only do returns within 2 weeks of purchase. I hate it when a company won't stand behind their clearly defective product. A sure sign of a scam. Beware of retrolink and all products made by them. Like the Who said, " I won't get fooled again." at least not by these guys.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2013
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This product works well, while it lasts. After owning it for about 3 weeks the d-pad broke off. I put up with it, but after a little while the Y button started to stick. Then the covering that protects the wires disconnected from the pad itself, leaving wires exposed. After a few months it finally shorted out. This product has poor materials and is poor engineering. You are better off getting a gamepad from a well known manufacturer and just adapting to having a different type of controller. I won't be buying any retro controllers again unless a good company starts making them. Awesome idea, poor implementation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2013
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It works for what it does. It is cheaply made with with cheap plastic but it works. The buttons shake when I shake the controller. Using the controller and mashing the buttons the shake don't matter. Good button feel. SEGA made the best controller design IMHO. Simple and elegant. This is a good enough replica.

The shipping is exactly the same as the price of controller but it didn't stop me from getting the good old days nostalgia.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2014
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This unit arrive defective and cheaply made. I opened the package, plugged it in and attempted to program it to the game. The controller's directional pad showed that it was always on left. So no matter what direction you attempted to program it was alway left direction. It was junk.
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on October 3, 2014
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I ordered this controller because it was slightly better reviewed than some of the other cheap Sega USB controllers on Amazon. The other reviews point out the faults here. The controller is smaller than it should be and very light. All of the buttons stick up way too high and are super loose, flopping around in their holes. The D-Pad is the worst!!! The D-Pad sits very high and feels terrible to press. When you press it sinks deep into the controller, it almost feels like it might get stuck in there. The D-Pad feels squishy and unbelievably cheap, each direction has a different feel, right being the worst. I've only used it once for about an hour, nothing has fallen off yet, but other people have had that problem. The mode button on the right shoulder feels terrible. I do not recommend this to anyone when for two or three more bucks you can get a much better controller.

I ordered a few of the Play Sega (7-10 bucks) controllers they made for their old game rental website, these are better that the Retro Link but worse than OEM. There are some VERY high priced OEM USB controllers called the SLS Control Pad for the Sega Saturn that are probably the best you can buy, but they run 100-150 bucks. Alternatively, you can buy an OEM controller and get the USB Converter dongle. OEM controllers are pretty cheap, 5-10 bucks, and the dongle is about 10 on Amazon. Also you could use a completely unrelated controller like the 360 controller, but you prolly already have that.
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on February 22, 2015
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I was looking forward to getting this for emulation, however this product is junk. It's made from dollar store toy grade plastic that creaks and pops just pushing buttons. Even under very little stress (I made a point to treat it like fine china) it still feels like it's going to break in half like a graham cracker. Not to mention it's smaller than the 6-button Genesis controller and the d-pad is just plain bad. I have zero confidence this would last a single session of NHL '94 or Sonic 3. Just spend the extra few dollars and get the far superior Saturn controller instead. I gave it two stars simply because it has worked long enough for me to play through a few games.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2013
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The controller was VERY Cheaply made, within the first 10 minutes of play the D-Pad button fell off, I mean completly off, the controller was in my hand and the d-pad button was on floor, lucky for me it snaps right back on, but it still falls off every now and again. I would have no problem paying more for the controller if they would make it better. There was no need for the company to save a few quarters to make this thing so cheap. I will not buy another one of these, I will look at other options.
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