Retro Fighters StrikerDC Dreamcast Controller
- Ergonomic and modern design. Extra long 10’ cord
- Compatible with 1st party VMUs, Vibration Packs, 4X Memory Cards, and Microphone (some 3rd party accessories may be incompatible)
- High quality and responsive D-pad. Comfortable and responsive analog stick
- Added both pressure sensitive triggers and digital shoulder buttons
- Turbo function to help get you to the next level. Improved visibility VMU viewing window.
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Introducing the StrikerDC!
From the sleek, ergonomic next generation features to the ports, chipset, and software, the StrikerDC was built from the ground-up to bring you the first Dreamcast controller of its kind. Relive your favorite classic games like never before.
Built from the ground up. Built for you.
Compatible with all 1st party
Ergonomic and comfortable
New next generation features
Built from the ground-up. Built for you. From the sleek, ergonomic next generation features to the ports, chipset, and software, the StrikerDC was built from the ground-up to bring you the first Dreamcast controller of its kind. Relive your favorite classic games like never before. The StrikerDC is fully compatible with all first-party VMUs, Vibration Packs, 4x Memory Cards and Microphone. Pull out your original accessories and play to your heart’s content. Take your gaming to the next level with digital shoulder buttons and added pressure sensitive triggers – perfect for fighting games. No matter what game you play, the StrikerDC adapts to you. And, unlike the original Dreamcast controller, the cord on the StrikerDC comes out of the top, instead of the bottom – no more annoying distractions. Ergonomically designed for comfort and hours of gameplay, the StrikerDC has been engineered with a high quality and responsive D-pad, comfortable and responsive analog stick, improved visibility VMU viewing window and a turbo function to help get you to the next level.
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I was constantly using my thumb on the lower rim of the analog stick and got uncomfortable quickly. So bummed.
First off the controller looks good, and functions fine. I just wish for the price it was a little better. Also don't think this review aimed at Retrofighters as some personal attack, because I bought the brawler64 and it's actually my favorite n64 controller now.
The triggers are awful. One of the better things about the original controller were the triggers, I thought (and I've owned a Dreamcast since they came out). They added shoulder/bumpers in addition to the normal triggers. This is cool for games that you would rather press a button instead of pulling a trigger. However how it's implemented is pretty bad. The triggers are small and they've even made them extend past the actual base of the trigger to give you more room. The bottom of this lip is very sharp and not attractive looking at all (I'll attach a picture). They also don't feel that great either, the originals feel way smoother and less wobbly.
The thumbstick has a nice rubber feel (also smaller) unlike the plastic original. However it also has a bad deadzone, and I mean physical deadzone in the stick. Some newer controllers have deadzone in games, but this stick literally has to be moved a decent bit before it actually has tension and registers. It's not too bad in games, but again for the price tag, I feel it should be a little better.
The VMU sticks out really far past the end of the controller. It doesn't effect anything but it looks pretty bad IMO (Pic included).
Everything else (D-Pad, Start, Turbo, Clear, A, X, B, Y), feel fine, nice and clicky but not over the top either.
Overall I'm sure this controller was an investment to make considering the rarity of parts (VMU slots, connectors) that are produced for these things. I get why it's priced at $50 but I'm just not sure the quality is there for the price. I would assume Retrobit's offering would be at a good price and nice quality. Their Tribute64 is almost as good as the Brawler64 but it's also $10 cheaper.
Overall, If you really want to try this and aren't concerned about the issues I talked about earlier, then I would pick this up. Otherwise I would wait for the Retrobit, if it was my decision to do over again.
Only parts I like is the joystick and overall grip. Might be nice to have a modern grip controller with turbo, but I can't handle the feel of the components.
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The shape of the controller and the placement of the buttons feels good and the d-pad is pretty comfortable, but this controller shows it's flaws the moment you want to play something that is other than a fighting game.
The analog stick has a noticeable dead zone (distance before input is registered), it is loose and has very little resistance making precise 3D movement harder than the Xbox One or PS4 controller analog stick.
The shoulder button feel like mouses clicks and the trigger button are very mushy (has if pressing a button into a swamp). This can be annoying when using those triggers for a long time like in racing games.
As a result I had to return this controller. I really wanted a modern controller for my Dreamcast, so I ended up buying the Brook Wingman SD controller adapter which enable me to play the Dreamcast with an actual PS4 controller. That experience is way better!