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- Play on any PC or Mac with a USB port
- All buttons can be configured
- Relive the classic GameCube experience on today's games!
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Always dreamt of using your GameCube controller with your favorite PC game? Now you can! Retrofitted by Retro-bit this Retro link USB controller plugs into any PC or Mac with a USB port, giving you that classic GameCube feel. Whether you're about to go toe to with Koopa or racking up frags on the hottest PC multi-player, now you can go old school with every weapon in your arsenal
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However, the Trigger buttons are a pain. The take a lot force/pressure to press. More than reasonable. It's ridiculous. It might cause anger if you're playing a game that relies heavily on them.
As with most items today, if your PC is better than Windows 98 (or possibly XP) you can just discard the waste of a installation disk that came with this item.
Seems the trigger buttons (L and R) don't have analog like the original controller. This makes some games impossible to play.
The pros are: The face buttons work well, and the actual shape of the controller is just as comfortable as the original. Likewise, the D-Pad works just like the original Gamecube Controller, in that it's awful. Making for an excellent segway into...
The L button is stiff. REALLY stiff. Playing Wind Waker on it makes L-Targeting feel really clunky and unpleasant. The R Trigger seems to feel just about right, so I don't understand that. The main Analog Stick feels okay to press, but the sensitivity, on both Joysticks, is pretty off. I had to really mess with my control settings to get decent control that didn't act almost like a button. The shoulder buttons seem to be missing the analog functionality entirely.
If you're willing to pay double, I recommend grabbing the Mayflash adapter and picking up a used GameCube controller from GameStop. I happen to be lucky enough to have some Smash Bros controllers around, so the Mayflash is all I needed.
The controller itself is pretty nice, buttons and sticks are responsive and have a pretty good resistance. Triggers feel a little stiff, but I'm not sure if that's how the original controller was (EDIT: was just over at a friend's house playing melee on a real gamecube controller; their triggers may have been a bit more broken in, but these are definitely stiffer. Otherwise they feel very similar). If you want a real experience it's probably better to get an adapter and an actual nintendo controller, but for $15 this isn't a bad substitute
My only major gripe with this controller is the L and R triggers. They are very resistant to being pressed (takes a fair amount of force to press them in all the way.) On top of that they are not analog triggers like the original game-pad. Playing games like Super Mario Sunshine which require you to slightly press in the R trigger to run and spray water are impossible with this controller. It is read as being either pressed in all the way or not at all. If they ever made a version with analog triggers I would have very little to complain about with this controller.
I purchased this controller so I could use the L and R trigger buttons with GameCube emulators such as Dolphin, but sadly the controller triggers just don't seem to have the firmware to support proper analog use where a light pressure has one result and pressing the trigger fully down gives the second result, a requirement in many, many, many GameCube games. Since this defeats the purpose for which I got the controller I had to return it. It's a perfectly serviceable controller, but not for what it's supposed to do, being a GameCube replica controller and all.
If you want to be able to use proper triggers in games like Super Mario Sunshine, do yourself a favor and get a real GameCube controller from Nintendo and a USB adapter like the MayFlash one instead.