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Super NES USB Gamepad Now for PC Gaming

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 29 comments

It's a classic controller for your gaming PC.

The Xbox 360 controller has become the defacto standard for PC gamers looking to play with their thumbs. But what if the extra analog triggers and thumbsticks don't please you, making you wish for a controller layout from a more simple time?

Japanese PC accessories maker Buffalo has created a USB gamepad that's completely reminiscent of the Japanese Super Nintendo (known as the Super Famicom) controller, complete with the color-coded buttons.

It's available from Geek Stuff 4 U for ¥2,700, which is around $30.

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    noodlegts , March 5, 2010 7:38 PM
    I just picked up 2 very similar to this (no turbo buttons) for $13 a piece from ebay (new). Downloaded ZSNES and I've been playing MegaMan X, F-Zero,Sunset Riders, SF2 and UMK3 like crazy!

    Watch where you buy from though because there is a very high fluctuation in price and quality. If you have some original SNES controllers you're better off just buying the USB adapters. They're the same price but you get the authentic experience of using a real SNES controller.
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    maestintaolius , March 5, 2010 7:36 PM
    I really like my logitech rumblepad, but I could see the nostalgia factor for when I'm playing my emulators.
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    accolite , March 5, 2010 7:37 PM
    I'm up for 2 of these babies.
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    noodlegts , March 5, 2010 7:38 PM
    I just picked up 2 very similar to this (no turbo buttons) for $13 a piece from ebay (new). Downloaded ZSNES and I've been playing MegaMan X, F-Zero,Sunset Riders, SF2 and UMK3 like crazy!

    Watch where you buy from though because there is a very high fluctuation in price and quality. If you have some original SNES controllers you're better off just buying the USB adapters. They're the same price but you get the authentic experience of using a real SNES controller.
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    Anonymous , March 5, 2010 7:48 PM
    Looks legit. The D-pad looks like it would bloody my left thumb after a long play session, just like the SNES pads did in days gone by.
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    ALANMAN , March 5, 2010 7:48 PM
    maestintaoliusI really like my logitech rumblepad, but I could see the nostalgia factor for when I'm playing my emulators.


    +1 My exact thoughts!
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    requiemsallure , March 5, 2010 7:52 PM
    Interesting, I'd buy it after reading reviews of it in order to QC it.
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    sot010174 , March 5, 2010 7:54 PM
    Shouldn't it read "the PS2 Controller has become defacto..."?
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    megamanx00 , March 5, 2010 8:02 PM
    There have been more than a few USB controllers of similar design.
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    hakesterman , March 5, 2010 8:14 PM
    Hey Nice Controller, i went to their website and it's kinda bazzare. Everything is in English except the
    Price of the Controller. Why would you do something like that???? Are we dealing with 3rd graders or
    what? Anyway i might have to scoop one up!

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    amabhy , March 5, 2010 8:36 PM
    Lawl, for a second I thought it said $2700, then i realized it was yen.
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    falchard , March 5, 2010 8:37 PM
    I also have a Logitech Rumblepad II (PS2 controller). Still I would really want one of these because they are light and get the job done. Its not like many games for the PC support rumble functions.
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    the_krasno , March 5, 2010 8:49 PM
    It would be neat to use with browser flash games in combination with the Joy2Key program.
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    phatboe , March 5, 2010 8:59 PM
    would rather see a N64 gamepad.
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    nforce4max , March 5, 2010 9:16 PM
    phatboewould rather see a N64 gamepad.


    Now that would be great. :) 
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    coldmast , March 5, 2010 9:39 PM
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    liquidsnake718 , March 6, 2010 12:31 AM
    I used to love this controller, but this is like the super famicom controller as opposed to the supernes one......... anyway this controller was so small and holding it now seems so basic..... oh well the older famicom controllers/nes had a SPEAKER/MIC and THAT was cool!
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    loucipher , March 6, 2010 12:41 AM
    Hello? Retroport anyone? They've been making this type of thing for years. You can get an adapter that lets you connect your original SNES/NES/Sega/Atari/Vectex/etc. pads to USB or Gamecube ports, and they also convert original controllers to USB. If you're really pining for some classic console controls on the PC, why get Buffalo's cheap knockoff, get the original pad updated.
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    loucipher , March 6, 2010 12:43 AM
    @phatboe: There's also an N64 retroport for N64->USB. Or, if you feel like spending $200 on a cable, there's always the occasional Adaptoid auction on eBay.
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    Anonymous , March 6, 2010 1:37 AM
    Surprised no one has mentioned the similarity to the Gravis PC Gamepad, the first gamepad for PC: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Gravis_pc_gamepad.jpg
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    derstarke , March 6, 2010 3:37 AM
    http://en.item.rakuten.com/bigstar/4953103097445/
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