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#13809 - 07/15/06 04:36 AM Re: The Official Game Controller Review Thread  
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Originally posted by oneagle:
[b]Super SmartJoy

Super SmartJoy is a snes to usb adapter. $18.90 US at Liksang.com.
This is completly compatible with all emulators, all you need is an snes controller. I use this for all of my emulators, snes controllers I feel is comfertable in the hands and has enough buttons for just about every game out there.

SmartJoy puts out usb adapters for just about every console controller on the market.

Retrozone
If you truely want a retro feel you can purchase an NES controller converted to usb at retrozone.com. they also have the fourscore, nes advantage, snes, genesis, virtual boy, atari, pc engine, intellivision, colecovision, saturn, 3do and vectrex controller usb adapters and kits. I have the nes usb pad and works perfect.
If you have the knowlage or feel brave you can download instuctions to convert it yourself. [/b]
The 4 and 2 player PS2 pad Smart Joys seem to confuse USB Overdrive and Gamepad Companion and are laggy on MAME. This isn't the case on a Windows box.

#13810 - 07/16/06 06:26 AM Re: The Official Game Controller Review Thread  
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Hey Guys,

Im new to MacMAME and totally stoked (Finally I can play D&D Shadow Over Mystara). Anyway im killing my keyboard and really want a controller. One thing I need to know.

SNES Controllers w/ Lik Sang (Super Smartjoy) USB Converters.

Does it work w/ MacMAME and does it work well? If the answer is no I guess Ill have to get that 2 player X Arcade thing. But SNES controllers are much cheaper.

THANKS

#13811 - 07/30/06 07:35 AM Re: The Official Game Controller Review Thread  
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RetroUSB USB Super Nintendo (SNES) Controller

I just barely got into MAME stuff; my wife wanted me to pick up an old SNES to play some old-school games on and someone suggested snes9x instead. After giving it a shot, we decided we really liked it and wanted to get some real controllers for our Intel Macs. After some research I found the following two options:

1. Lik Sang Super Smartjoy USB adapter
2. RetroUSB USB SNES controller

Both had their pros and cons. For staters, the Lik Sang adapter is over $10 cheaper than the RetroUSB controller. RetroUSB charges $32 per controller, which is pretty hefty considering it's just a controller with a USB plug and you can buy a whole SNES system complete with a games from eBay for that price. The Lik Sang adapter also enables you to use any SNES controller, which means that you can simply buy another controller for cheap after the controller you're using wears out over time from normal use.

The downside with the Lik Sang adapter is that it's somewhat bulky. It's not huge, but I have a MacBook laptop and I wanted a controller than I could simply wind up and toss in my bag for airplane rides, subway trips, and so on. Having to carry a USB adapter PLUS a controller seemed like a bit of a hassle, one that I would be willing to pay an extra $13 or so to avoid.

Setup was a piece of cake; I plugged it in and it works. Yay for OS X! I setup the buttons in snes9x in the controllers preference menu (props to whoever designed the system; I couldn't think of a better way to program in buttons) and away I went. Mario, Mortal Kombat, everything worked just peachy. I bought 2 controllers so that I could play games with my wife; they worked great together. It was fun taking turns on Super Mario 3; reminds me of my childhood smile

I found that the controllers worked best when plugged directly into the USB ports on the computer itself. I ran it through my wife's Belkin USB hub (powered from A/C) initially and, while usable, it was somewhat laggy. There is a slightly noticeable delay introduced when used through a USB hub. This can present a small problem depending on what kind of Mac you're using. My wife's iMac only has 3 USB ports, so we had to plug everything else into the hub in order to run the two USB controllers directly from the computer. My MacBook only has 2 USB ports, so I can't really use anything else if I want to play 2-player games on it. This may not be true for all USB hubs, but we had lag with ours so we use them directly plugged in only now.

Pros:
-Stock look; very clean job
-Works really well with all snes9x games I tested
-Compact size (no adapter required!)
-"Just works" with OS X

Cons:
-Gets laggy (slow response) when used with a USB hub (I tested it with a powered hub)
-Expensive to replace when the controller wears out ($32 each)
-Pricey compared to Lik Sang's solution ($32 vs. $19)

If you want a cheap solution, don't mind having a second adapter in addition to the controller itself, and would like to replace the controller when it breaks, then the Lik Sang solution is probably your best bet.

If you want a no-hassle USB SNES controller than you can take with you wherever you go, the RetroUSB controller is a great option. It's more expensive, but it's really nice because it's compact and easy to use - no adapters, nothing extra to carry around, just plug in the controller and play. My bottom line? Pricey but worth the investment - they work as advertised, look great, and work great. Lots of fun smile

#13812 - 09/17/06 02:46 AM Re: The Official Game Controller Review Thread  
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Saitek P220

I bought this gamepad primarily because I wanted to play Mortal Kombat with it. :-) I tried it with the following games in alphabetical order:

Burger Time
Mortal Kombat
Money Puzzle Exchanger
Ms Pac-Man (the game I play 99% of the time in MacMame and the first one I tried)
Qix
The King of fighters 98
Popeye
Pulstar
Raiden
Sinistar
Tapper (Budweiser)

I didn't have to install any drivers. The games just work. The only minor problem I found was that the games started without sound. Once I pressed the ESC key, sound started playing.

Some of the buttons in Mortal Kombat don't correspond with the buttons in the controller, but I am confident I will be able to remap them.

Overall, I am very happy with how the controller works in MacMame.

#24315 - 10/30/06 01:23 PM Re: The Official Game Controller Review Thread [Re: Nathan Strum]  
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Can anyone help me? I just downloaded MacMAME .103 and it seems to work fine including allowing me to use my gravis gamepad pro on my I Mac with system 10.4.6 - Unfortunately many of my old ROMs don't work with this version. I have an older version of Mac MAME 0.59 that all these ROMS work with but the GamePad doesn't work with that. Any suggestions would be appreciated

#27090 - 02/27/07 02:20 AM Re: The Official Game Controller Review Thread [Re: levywilliamh]  
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X-Arcade Duel Joystick - $99.00 USD from Fry's Electronics

I bought this for a Mame "cabinet" setup. The unit came with only a PS/2 connector. And while their website states that only their PS/2 to USB adapter (which they are out of stock) works, I found that the cheap Keyspan PS/2 to USB adapter ($12.99)works perfectly fine.

One very nice feature of this joystick is the ability to fully program it. You are offered 4 configuration settings. The first being a computer (PC/Mac) default setup which cannot be changed. However the other 3 settings are fully programmable/assignable. The only downside is that you will need to have a PS/2 keyboard (which plugs into the joystick on its own port) in which to program it. There are dozens of reviews around the web, most of which revolve around it's usage on a PC. Great build, feel, lifetime warranty, and more buttons then you know what to do with (20 total).

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#30733 - 06/24/07 02:47 AM Re: The Official Game Controller Review Thread [Re: The Doctor]  
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Doctor,

How does the X-Arcade Duel Joystick work on 'the classics' - you know the ones that really only work well with a 'official 4 way' joystick. I purchased a handheld stick (gamepad) and while it had a mode to put it into 'analog mode' it still was QUITE LACKING when playing games....

I can't have Mario being crushed by rolling barrels just because he's having 'ISSUES' properly climbing up the silly ladder. :lol:

Dave

Last edited by DaveGee; 06/24/07 02:48 AM.
#30734 - 06/24/07 03:12 AM Re: The Official Game Controller Review Thread [Re: DaveGee]  
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You can change the joystick to 4-way by opening up the base and flipping over a washer.

#31280 - 07/08/07 07:28 AM Re: The Official Game Controller Review Thread [Re: Bob Boyle]  
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So does anyone have a recommendation for a Playstation 2 to USB converter that works well with MacMAME or MAME OS X? I'm not terribly interested in being a guinea pig, but will if must!

#35414 - 11/05/07 06:57 AM Re: The Official Game Controller Review Thread [Re: oneagle]  
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Xbox360 controller. wireless, portable, nifty! plus if you are like me and already posses one, the twenty dollar wireless gaming receiver at best buy or target is well worth it. another item to add to the mac book pro bag, for sure. you need to download the driver and what not off the web though. after its installed its an easy pairing, just hold down the middle button while the program is on and your gaming receiver is plugged in.

[url=ttp://tattiebogle.net/index.php/ProjectRoot/Xbox360Controller/OsxDriver][url=ttp://tattiebogle.net/index.php/ProjectRoot/Xbox360Controller/OsxDriver][url=ttp://tattiebogle.net/index.php/ProjectRoot/Xbox360Controller/OsxDriver]ttp://tattiebogle.net/index.php/ProjectRoot/Xbox360Controller/OsxDriver[/url][/url][/url]

CHEERS!

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