|Item model number||2145487|
|Item Weight||1.6 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||8.1 x 5.8 x 1.4 inches|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||8.1 x 5.8 x 1.4 inches|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||April 4, 2013|
Buffalo iBuffalo Classic USB Gamepad for PC
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- 8 Buttons
- for PC
- USB Connection
- Support Windows 7/ME/2000/XP/Vista
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Buffalo super Nintendo famicom snes, USB gamepad for pc. 8 buttons product. USB connection. Support windows 7/ME/2000/XP/Vista.
Ships directly from Japan.Expedited shipping takes around 4-14Business days.
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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 But the technical information I gave has become outdated.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.
* The instructions are all-Japanese. But you don't need them, so who cares?
* 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. You apply turbo to buttons independently, so you can, for instance, have turbo turned on for buttons A and X, but not B or Y.
This (and all) controllers require TWO configurations: one for EmualtionStation (the menu system), and one for playing games. The first one is easy because a graphical tool steps you through it. The configuration for games requires that you edit a text file. Second, even after you configure it for games, some emulators, such as the one for SNES, will get buttons mixed up. To fix this, you need to specify a different driver. So to fix BOTH these issues, do the following:
(1) Exit EmulationStation to the console, and optionally start LX (startx)
(2) Append the following to: /opt/retropie/configs/all/retroarch.cfg
input_joypad_driver = linuxraw
input_player1_joypad_index = "0"
input_player1_up_axis = "-1"
input_player1_down_axis = "+1"
input_player1_left_axis = "-0"
input_player1_right_axis = "+0"
input_player1_a_btn = "0"
input_player1_b_btn = "1"
input_player1_x_btn = "2"
input_player1_y_btn = "3"
input_player1_select_btn = "6"
input_player1_start_btn = "7"
input_exit_emulator_btn = "4"
input_menu_toggle_btn = "5"
(3) Reboot the Pi and you're good to go. The left-front button will exit out of games and get you back to the EmulationStation menu. The right button brings up the in-game menu, although up/down on the gamepad doesn't change menu items. That may be a side-effect of using the linuxraw driver above. You can either comment out the linuxraw line, or use a keyboard to move through that in-game menu.
This took me many hours to sort through, so I hope this saves others lots of time!
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. Yes there are minor differences but the price gap between a real one and this one is FAR beyond the point of diminishing returns in my opinion unless you're a collector, which in that case, you most likely already have one or more of the original game pads anyways.
Bottom line: If you are buying this controller for your retropie, I'd steer clear.
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Works with Gamestick, Raspberry Pi, PC's and Mac's.
It behaves 100% like its console counterpart, which is one of the finest controllers in history. It is damn hard to believe how they can manufacture and ship these from Japan at this cost. Get them while they last!!!!!! This is a bargain!!!!!!!
The build quality seems very good and, although I have only used them for a few weeks so far, I suspect they are likely to last a long time. There is no "clicking" or uneven resistance developing in the buttons or d-pad as sometimes happens after some use. The pads feel sturdy and solid when held and have been dropped a couple of times (in excitement!) and have suffered no ill effects.
So if you want specifically a USB version of the SNES pads, or just generally a really good gaming pad, then you should definitely go for these! I have not come across anything that looks better. Good value for money for what I paid too (£9.95 each).
I would avoid these controllers, if for no other reason than to send a message to Buffalo that design defects like these are unacceptable.
Finding diagonals are no problem, you'll be performing hadoukens and spinning-bird kicks with ease. The face and shoulder buttons are great; they're just the right thickness and feel like they do on an old SNES joypad, and the Start & Select buttons have that SNES fleshy-plasticy feel down to a tee!
I'm not a console purist, though. I appreciate emulation (been using it on and off since 2002) for giving me the chance to play games I was never able to find then and couldn't afford now. The downside to emulation of course, is using a keyboard instead of a joypad, which makes playing console games a pain in the backside; as a result I've never really had much fun playing emulated SNES games (apart from RPG's and Bomberman).
This controller brings all those glorious SNES days back! Finally I can last more than five seconds on Super Ghouls & Ghosts (12 seconds now!), but what's really interesting is that my feeble 'can't play console games with a keyboard' brain is properly freed up to appreciate those awesome SNES graphics and sounds again.
Street Fighter II (and Turbo, and Alpha 2) play sublimely. Contra III, which is a mess on keyboard and no mistake, is just superb with this controller; the difference is like night and day. The ability to edge your way with pixel perfection around a Mario Kart track, or weave through a space minefield whilst powering up a super shot in R-Type III... all that muscle memory is there just waiting to let rip again. For the price of a few pints at the pub; this is a purchase and a half!
Just one caveat then: If you're a dyed-in-the-wool SNES purist who insists on 100% authenticity; then steer clear. If you're a casual/regular gamer who loved the SNES/16-bit days and you want to experience that again, this is a great device.
I tested the Buffalo controller on a Mac running OSX El Capitan. The emulator was OpenEMU. All I had to do to get it running was open the Preferences window in Open EMU and map the controls to the Buffalo controller, which took all of 10 seconds. It can also be similarly configured to emulate your Megadrive, NES, Master System, PC Engine, GBA controllers. Loads of fun. There are Bluetooth versions of this controller that will do the same thing, but they cost well over twice as much.
It only took two days for standard free delivery, too. Excellent service!
It doesn't feel cheap and tacky when you hold it like other controllers I've used in the past, and the buttons feel perfect when you press them. They aren't spongy or get stuck. The D-pad was surprisingly a joy to use. Everything feels very reactive and precise, even after owning this controller for over a year.
It was automatically detected by a number of modern games I like to play with controllers too, which was a bonus. So most of the time I didn't require the use of a tool like xpadder to get this baby working.