About the product
- 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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Top Customer Reviews
The controller itself reminds me of the original in every way. The buttons are just fine and feel good enough without being too loose or cheap.
The only negative thing I have is that it doesn't come in my favorite GC controller color Orange. The Indigo color is my 2nd favorite because that was the color of my GC console when I owned one back in the day.
Not a big deal but FYI to the MFG, if you build it (Orange), I will immediately purchase a 2nd. J/S
The top review for this controller posted the list of steps in order to configure to Dolphin. It helps some but it took me an hour to actually figure out how to map each button. Here is the list that I configured to make the controller work perfectly.
1. Top Left Corner: Change the output to USB GENERIC CONTROLLER. Hit Refresh to make it pop up if it is blank.
2. Under each column listed, right click the button and choose the correct option.
Button Configuration: Keyboard #Keys = Gamecube Buttons
Key 0 = Y
Key 1 = X
Key 2 = A
Key 3 = B
Key 4 = L
Key 5 = R
Key 6 = Z
Key 9 = START
Main Analog Stick (Grey)
UP = Axis Y-
DOWN = Axis Y+
LEFT = Axis X-
RIGHT = Axis X+
UP = Axis Zr-
DOWN = Axis Zr+
LEFT = Axis Z-
RIGHT = Axis Z+
D-PAD (GREY) (N,S,E,W is the Compass reference)
UP = Hat 0 N
DOWN = Hat 0 S
LEFT = Hat 0 W
RIGHT = *You guessed it* Hat 0 E
You should check each button on the controller as they will highlight in RED if they are correct on the screen. Once everything is mapped correctly you'll need to save the configuration on the top RIGHT corner. Name the configuration whatever you want and now you have it saved.
So far the games that I have played with the controller that work perfectly on Dolphin are (Hulk Ultimate Destruction, SSBM, Super Mario Sunshine, Batman Vengeance, Luigi's Mansion, Judge Dredd vs. Death, Metroid Prime)
Best website to go to for ISO downloads is Emuparadise.
"1. Change the Device in the top left hand corner to Keyboard.
2. For each of the buttons and controls, right click on the gray button
3. In the pop up, change Device to the USB gamepad
4. Click Detect
5. Press the gamepad button
6. Press Select
7. Make sure that the control appears in the lower text box. Press Set.
8. Press OK
9. Repeat from step 2 for each button and control
10. Type in a profile name in the top right hand corner
11. Press Save
12. Enable Background input
13. Press OK
14. Start the game "
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
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.
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.