I stumbled upon the Retrolink USB NES Controller online awhile ago. On a whim, I decided to pick it up.
The controller arrived a few days ago.
Here it is:
Here’s a shot of the original NES Controller for comparison:
The Retrolink controller closely resembles the original NES Gamepad, no doubt a large part of the peripheral’s appeal. To the designers’ credit, the only noticeable difference between the two controllers is the logo in the upper righthand corner. Even the back of the controller (not pictured here) looks the same, screws and all.
Of equal importance to the avid retro gamer, the Retrolink NES Controller feels almost exactly the same as the classic NES gamepad, sporting the same dimensions, boxy design, and “clicky” buttons, albeit noticeably lighter, feeling practically hollow inside.
The controller is easy to set up and use. Simply attach the controller to your computer, PC or Mac, via the 6-foot-long USB cord, and you’re ready to play, no fussing with adapters and complicated software installations.
The controller performs exactly as advertised. The D-pad and buttons are all responsive and seem able to withstand many long hours of frantic, button mashing-type abuse. The USB cord is long enough so that there’s little risk of accidentally pulling the controller loose in the heat of the moment and actually helps to recreate the feeling of sitting in front of the TV in the family room with the lights off, stomping Goombas, and collecting coins into the wee hours of the night.
For retro gamers like myself who grew up playing 8-bit classics like the original Super Mario Bros. and The Legend Of Zelda on the Nintendo Entertainment System, the Retrolink USB NES Controller just feels right, and that’s the most important thing.
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