Are there any good after market controllers or should I just stick with getting the originals? Bought one of these awhile back and the d-pad felt incredibly stiff and the C and Z buttons squeak whenever I pressed them.
The Hori FC4 is pretty good if you want a controller with 6 face buttons, and the Buffalo SNES pad is a really cheap and surprisingly high quality option for games that don't require more than 8 buttons. Logitech controllers are probably the best you can get with native xinput support. Aside from that, stick with originals.
I'm mainly just talking about 6-button Genesis controllers. I already have a normal one but I don't wanna hand a friend the god awful after market one I got while playing a two player game.
I can't recommend pic related enough OP. Very comfortable for people with smallish hands like me who struggle with the stock 3-button controller and has all the switches and stuff you'll ever need. The d-pad looks wonky but it feels nice, smooth and doesn't lead to misspresses. It's also basically made for brawlers/shootan games.
>It's also basically made for brawlers/shootan games.
Those are what I play the most so that sounds perfect.
I remembered there was just one little problem though, at least with mine. You really need to push it inside the controller port because it's a little loose, this doesn't happen with official controllers.
Unless somehow you have the ability to destroy Genesis d-pads, I'd say get a 6 button 1st party controller and replace the rubber contacts inside of it with the 3rd party ones whenever you feel you're losing inputs.
Earlier RetroBit controllers are the biggest crapshoot. I've got pic related and it's great, yet I've also got one from them that's absolutely atrocious and doesn't even fucking work.
They have gotten better though. RetroBit Six Button pads are alright. They get the job done but they aren't really remarkable.
The High Frequency Genesis pads seem to be pretty good to me. I own two of them and am a big guy (6'4") so they fit my hand well.
this one is nice if you like bigger size but still want that floating dpad
also exists under various other brands such as gamester and high frequency
also has a SNES brother
>Floating dpad on snes
I don't understand why aftermarket controllers are always so shitty.
I mean, I could understand for modern controllers that have triggers and analogue sticks and all sorts of weird shit going on, but we're just talking about plain old digital buttons.
I've taken plenty of controllers apart, but standard and brand-x. In general, it's such a simple concept. There is a plastic button that pushes down on a little rubber plunger with conductive material on the bottom. When this depresses, it makes contact with the board and completes a circuit. Not hard to understand.
And all the brand-name pads from all the major companies like sega, nintendo, microsoft, and sony all use this same concept and make their buttons in the same fundamental way. They're all the same inside and it's why they all have buttons that feel fine. But then you take apart the aftermarket controllers, and they're just made completely differently. They still operate on the same basic principle, but the pads and buttons are all shaped weird and fundamentally differently underneath. You have to question WHY they would fucking do this.