Retro-Bit controllers: Mega Drive, Saturn and Nintendo 64

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by jawafour » Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:01 pm

Retro-bit's new range of retro controllers are gonna be available in the UK. They look to be pretty cool and are reasonably priced, too.

Sega Mega Drive

Available in Original Mega Drive (£14.99) and PC (USB) (£17.99) variants; and in Original Black and Clear Blue
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Sega Saturn

Available in Original Saturn (£17.99) and PC (USB) (£21.99) variants; and in Original Black and Slate Grey
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Nintendo 64

Available in N64 (£19.99) and PC (USB) (£24.99) variants; and in Forest Green, Ocean Blue and Red
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If you're interested, they're up for pre-order at Amazon. In addition, Bluetooth-enabled versions and bluetooth adapters are in prduction for release later in the year.

I'm really keen on the Mega Drive (original) and, especially, the N64 (original) versions of the corded pads. The N64 versions are compatible with memory and rumble paks :-) .

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PostRe: Retro-Bit controllers: Mega Drive, Saturn and Nintendo 64
by Drumstick » Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:11 pm

I'd be really interested to see how the analogue stick on the N64 controller is.

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PostRe: Retro-Bit controllers: Mega Drive, Saturn and Nintendo 64
by Pedz » Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:30 pm

Looks like the GC analogue stick.

How the strawberry float you'd play a game the uses the d-pad a lot with that N64 pad I have no idea.

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PostRe: Retro-Bit controllers: Mega Drive, Saturn and Nintendo 64
by jawafour » Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:35 pm

Pedz wrote:...How the strawberry float you'd play a game the uses the d-pad a lot with that N64 pad I have no idea.

Yeah, I was a little unsure, Pedz, but the design is based on that of the popular Hori N64 pad which had a pretty good rep. I think the pad is small compared to the original Nintendo version so hopefully there won't be a need to stretch.

I really like that translucent Forest Green version :-) .

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PostRe: Retro-Bit controllers: Mega Drive, Saturn and Nintendo 64
by The Doom Spoon » Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:48 pm

Nice find Jawa! Definitely going to take a look at the N64 edition!

Update:

Love the look of the Blue one! Put in a preorder for one. Will post an update and a review on receipt of it!

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PostRe: Retro-Bit controllers: Mega Drive, Saturn and Nintendo 64
by Jamo3103 » Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:58 pm

Thanks for this Jawa - I've ordered myself an N64 one. Have been considering the Retro Fighters one for a bit but the cost of getting it shipped to the UK is a bit off-putting, this is a far more affordable option. As you say, it's very similar to the popular Hori design so if the build quality is good then it could be a really good option.

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by Cheeky Devlin » Sat Mar 23, 2019 8:08 pm

Not used these but I've heard good things.

I am however a total convert for the 8bitDo pads. Got the SF30 Pro and it's superb. Reasonably priced and feels fantastic to use. I'm considering picking up one of their 6-Button Mega Drive pads as well.

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PostRe: Retro-Bit controllers: Mega Drive, Saturn and Nintendo 64
by HSH28 » Sat Mar 23, 2019 8:26 pm

I bought one of the Mega Drive 8bitDo pads for my Switch, not really had much of a chance to try it out yet but it feels quite nice in the hand.

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PostRe: Retro-Bit controllers: Mega Drive, Saturn and Nintendo 64
by Cheeky Devlin » Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:35 pm

HSH28 wrote:I bought one of the Mega Drive 8bitDo pads for my Switch, not really had much of a chance to try it out yet but it feels quite nice in the hand.

I mostly want one for Mega Drive/Saturn games on the PC. It's not quite the same fitting all the buttons onto a SNES or Xbox/PS layout.

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PostRe: Retro-Bit controllers: Mega Drive, Saturn and Nintendo 64
by The Doom Spoon » Sun Mar 24, 2019 12:27 am

Cheeky Devlin wrote:Not used these but I've heard good things.

I am however a total convert for the 8bitDo pads. Got the SF30 Pro and it's superb. Reasonably priced and feels fantastic to use. I'm considering picking up one of their 6-Button Mega Drive pads as well.


I also have the SF30 Pro and it's a stunning controller! I also have the grip for it to attach my phone on it. Makes it into an awesome retro devise! I've been tempted to buy another one but in the DMG colours!

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PostRe: Retro-Bit controllers: Mega Drive, Saturn and Nintendo 64
by Somebody Else's Problem » Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:04 am

The Doom Spoon wrote:
Cheeky Devlin wrote:Not used these but I've heard good things.

I am however a total convert for the 8bitDo pads. Got the SF30 Pro and it's superb. Reasonably priced and feels fantastic to use. I'm considering picking up one of their 6-Button Mega Drive pads as well.


I also have the SF30 Pro and it's a stunning controller! I also have the grip for it to attach my phone on it. Makes it into an awesome retro devise! I've been tempted to buy another one but in the DMG colours!


I have one too for my Retropie setup, and it's simply perfect for retro gaming.

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PostRe: Retro-Bit controllers: Mega Drive, Saturn and Nintendo 64
by jawafour » Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:11 am

What I like about the new Retro-bit controllers is that they link to the original hardware; my Mega Drive controllers are a little worn nowdays and the old Hori N64 controllers are difficult to find and often very expensive. The new models look to be decent and I suspect they could prove popular.

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by HSH28 » Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:09 am

jawafour wrote:What I like about the new Retro-bit controllers is that they link to the original hardware; my Mega Drive controllers are a little worn nowdays and the old Hori N64 controllers are difficult to find and often very expensive. The new models look to be decent and I suspect they could prove popular.


8BitDo sell what they call a 'Retro Receiver' for the NES, SNES and MD which make all their controllers (as well as modern console controllers) compatible with original hardware...

https://shop.8bitdo.com/products/retro- ... ga-genesis

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PostRe: Retro-Bit controllers: Mega Drive, Saturn and Nintendo 64
by jawafour » Sun Mar 24, 2019 12:35 pm

HSH28 wrote:8BitDo sell what they call a 'Retro Receiver' for the NES, SNES and MD which make all their controllers (as well as modern console controllers) compatible with original hardware...

Thanks for the heads-up, HSH! I am gonna go with the corded Retro-Bit ones initially, but this is definitely something I'll look at in the future.

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PostRe: Retro-Bit controllers: Mega Drive, Saturn and Nintendo 64
by Rax » Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:12 am

Yeah Ive been hoping 8bitdo would get to the N64 pretty soon, I love their stuff and I really want a more modern N64 controller. I looked at the Retro Fighters one but its pricey right now. Ill check out reviews for this one once its been out in the wild a bit, the shape is definitely odd but if it reviews well Ill look into it.

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PostRe: Retro-Bit controllers: Mega Drive, Saturn and Nintendo 64
by Green Gecko » Tue Mar 26, 2019 4:51 pm

That's a very tempting place to put some of my amazon gift credit, especially as the N64 controller would match my console.

I have two perfectly good Megadrive profire controllers however so that is not a problem for me. The N64 stick is still terrible. I wonder if it would make a replay of games like Jet Force Gemini more enjoyable and a bit of Smash 64 or I could even finally play SM64. Also both Banjo games.

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PostRe: Retro-Bit controllers: Mega Drive, Saturn and Nintendo 64
by OrangeRKN » Tue Mar 26, 2019 5:01 pm

The d-pad on that N64 pad :lol:

Where is the Z-button?

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PostRe: Retro-Bit controllers: Mega Drive, Saturn and Nintendo 64
by jawafour » Tue Mar 26, 2019 6:20 pm

OrangeRKN wrote:The d-pad on that N64 pad :lol:

Where is the Z-button?

It looks a little odd but the design is exactly as per the highly regarded Japanese Hori N64 mini pad; which cost a lot (£60 to £70) to pick up on eBay nowdays. The controller is smaller than it looks (see comparison photo below, showing a Hori pad and the original N64 pad) so your thumb can fairly easily reach the dpad. The Z-button of the original controller is transferred to an additional bumper button (on both left and right sides to suit individual preference).

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PostRe: Retro-Bit controllers: Mega Drive, Saturn and Nintendo 64
by VlaSoul » Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:00 pm

that N64 controller really isn't at all pleasing to the eye

the sega pads look pretty fire tho

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PostRe: Retro-Bit controllers: Mega Drive, Saturn and Nintendo 64
by Green Gecko » Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:23 pm

Japanese peripheral manufacturers have never at all been a stranger to making bizarre alternative controllers though that are often better to use for extended play.

£20 is a reasonable price. I guess it just depends how much you play and how strawberry floated your original controller is.

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