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Buffalo Classic USB Gamepad for PC

by Buffalo
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By M. Clark on August 3, 2014
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== 2017 Update ===================================================

I originally wrote this review two years ago. My feelings on the product are the same: it's great and I still use it. But the technical information I gave has become outdated. RetroPie is now smarter and doesn't require any monkeying with configuration files. Thanks, all, for your Helpful votes and your comments.

== 2014 Original Review =============================================

Although you can use this in Mac, Windows, or Linux, I bough this for my Raspberry Pi loaded with RetroPie.

Cons:
* The instructions are all-Japanese. But you don't need them, so who cares?

Pros:
* Tough. This thing has been dropped this many times and not so much as a scratch. And it doesn't feel like it'll break apart if you torque it during aggressive game play.
* Good weight. Not too heavy, and not too light.
* Doesn't require any drivers.
* Good length cord.
* I like how the buttons feel when you press them.
* It's the same layout as the Super NES controller, so it's familiar.
* Decent price.

Tips for RetroPie:

There are 10 buttons, but this is an "8-button" gamepad because the Turbo and Clear buttons are modifier buttons and not action buttons. These buttons, in fact, do not appear to the operating system at all. When you do gamepad configuration in EmulationStation or any with any configuration tool, the Turbo and Clear don't appear. The turbo/clear functions are built into the controller itself.

To apply turbo, press-and-hold Turbo, and press the button to which you want to apply turbo. So enable turbo for button A, press Turbo+A. To turn off turbo for A, you Clear+A.
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I've got an original SNES usb controller that I bought from Infinite Nes Lives for 50 bucks. The quality of that controller is flawless but the price tag was tough to swallow.

I wanted a 2nd SNES pad for 2 player action but just couldn't bring myself to pay another 50 dollars so I did some research and discovered the buffalo brand has quite a following from new and old gamers alike.

For the price, I couldn't say no and decided to get one.

I'm happy to report that it performs flawlessly and feels great. Side by side comparisons vs the original Japan controller (as most likely noted by numerous reviewers here) are that the buffalo controller is slightly lighter, slightly thinner and vs the original famicom pad, the dpad is slightly elevated on the buffalo controller.

The differences are marginal and the only REAL noticable difference to my seasoned retro gaming hands is the lighter weight of the buffalo controller. I have ordered a roll of lead tape and will weigh out a strip of that and apply it onto the inside wall of the back half of the controller shell to match the weight of the original controller. Other than that minor nit-picking there is very little to complain about.

If I had to change anything, it'd be to have the turbo buttons moved further up towards the top of the game pad. It's easy to accidentally press them instead of start/select. I don't actually use them so I may end up just removing the buttons all together.

I've attached numerous photos comparing the weight of the 2 game pads and thickness at various parts of the controller.

Bottom line is that if you want a near 100% authentic replica of the original super famicom game pad, look no further.
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Bought a few cheap once prior this one, none of them worked well. This one actually does what you intend it to do, you press right and you get right, not right+down or something other stupid.

Strongly recommended !
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You've tried the rest, now try the best. This is the only USB SNES controller I have ever used that has delivered on the promise of the retro gaming experience. The controller has a good weight (maybe a little lighter than the original) and does not feel cheap in the hand at all. The DPad is solid. The buttons are solid. The autofire works and mostly pointless, but it's there. Hold that and the button you want rapid fire on to enable it. Repeat the process with the clear button to turn it off.

I tested a bunch of these on my Mac with SDL (a back-end library that just about all games ported to Mac and Linux use) and one of them reported the DPad as axis 3 and 4—I think it might have been the Buffalo. If your game requires the joystick to be axis 0 and 1, you might need a remapper. But if the game can't map buttons as you want them you're probably going to need that anyway. You won't need a driver for this on any OS that handles USB natively though since it's a basic USB HID joystick.

The usual target of a controller like this is for emulators and those tend to be pretty to be relatively flexible on input devices—modified keyboards, who knows what as a joystick interface, you name it.

A bit of a nerdy detail: As you'd expect, this pad like just about everyone else like it out there is a "fake analog" gamepad. Digital buttons reporting analog values. That's pretty much the standard for PC gaming with one of these things since a joystick device is always analog on a PC, even if it isn't. Well, the XBox 360 controller has its analogs as X/Y and Z/ZR, with the DPad set up as a POV hat. Flight sim nerds will tell you that's all wrong Wrong WRONG, but that's how Microsoft did it and there's not a whole lot we can do about it.
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