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8Bitdo N30 2.4G Wireless Gamepad for NES Classic Edition - NES
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- 2.4G wireless retro Controller for your NES classic Edition.
- Dedicated home button to get you back to the main menu.
- Turbo function via turbo a and turbo B Buttons.
- Rechargeable Lithium Ion battery built in.
- Includes N30 2.4G Controller, 2.4G receiver and USB cable.
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Conclusion: Perfect for wireless gaming for the NES Classic using 2.4G wireless technology with the same layout as the original controller with virtually no additional lag. Potential downside is a stiffer D pad (positive to D pad - no accidental diagonal presses like prior 8bitdo controllers) and stiffer/clickier buttons (unless you like this feel). Probably 4.5 stars overall but will round up to 5. Even works on raspberry pi 3 with the USB cable!!!
Design: The overall size and design of the controller is almost identical to the original controller. The D pad and A/B button and start/select are in the identical positions as the original. The black buttons above the red A/B are for turbo. There is also a home button which is identical to pushing the reset button to save a game or to go to a new game. The overall weight is light.
Connectivity: After plugging in the controller receiver and pressing start, then controller instantly paired, no problems there. It is 2.4 wireless and therefore (as far as I know) can only be paired to the receiver that fits into the NES or SNES classic. The color of the receiver is the same as the one that came with the 8bitdo SNES wireless controller which can make it difficult to tell apart.
Functionality (what everyone cares about):
To test the device I played an entire playthrough of Megaman 2, Castlevania, Super Mario Bros, Super C, and Punch Out (up till Machoman knocked me out). I am slightly sensitive to lag and these controllers did not feel like they added any discernable lag compared to the original controllers.
Buttons: The buttons are stiffer than the original but have a clickier feel to them. The click feel to the button is a better feedback but I found it slightly harder in games like Megaman when I had to mash. This made a game like Castlevania a little easier that required more precision button pushing. I did try out the turbo buttons which works as advertised but overall I am a purist when it comes to avoiding turbo buttons. It is important to know the A/B sit in the exact position as the original controller so they do feel natural whereas the turbo sits higher.
D PAD: This is where I had mixed feelings about the gamepad. The D pad sits higher off the surface of the controller and you have to push harder to push down a direction. I was pleasantly surprised that the D pad did not have the issue with accidental diagonal pushes. If you have played Super C or contra, then you can understand this issue - example: pushing down to lay on the ground and instead you run diagonally into an enemy or bullet (I had this problem using the 8bitdo SNES wireless controller). I found it slightly harder on my thumb than the original after playing for awhile.
Start/Select: Obviously these buttons do not seem like that big of a deal but if you are an avid Megaman fan then you know how important they really are. The buttons feel and press like the original. I had no trouble quickly changing weapons in Megaman 2.
Home button: This is a much welcome addition, it easy to press but I never hit it accidently. It quickly brings you to the home screen to save a game. In the previous model (SNES), you had to press select and down which are buttons that sometimes mess up your game if you press them and they have commands in the game. This button is great when for interruptions in the middle of a level especially if there is no pause in the game.
Battery Life: I have played for over 2-3 hours on the original charge and it still has not needed charging.
Update 8/21/18: I have tried the controller on a raspberry pi 3 on retropie using the USB cable. The controller works flawlessly. The TB/TA (turbo buttons) act as a true turbo repeater button rather than mapping to new buttons. This is great for other games/systems that use the same controller format.
I also have the NES30 plus the Bluetooth adapter so that I can operate it with the NES or SNES Classics, but that combination is much more expensive and the button layout isn't as natural for playing NES games.
Why are you still reading this? If you have an NES Classic, BUY THIS CONTROLLER!
But we all know the best feature by far is the dedicated Home button. Instead of having to lean over and hit the reset button on the NES Classic every time I want to switch games, all I do is press the tiny button right above the Select button, and I'm right back to the Home screen. Why this wasn't a feature of the NES/SNES Classic controllers I'll never know. But it makes the NES Classic just that much more enjoyable.
Time will tell if this stands up to more play time. But for the hour I just used it, I loved it. Now, to test it and see if it works on other devices...