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Retro-bit announce new/official Sega controllers Genesis, Saturn and Dreamcast

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View PostAerosol, on 12 January 2019 - 04:00 PM, said:

View PostOverlord, on 12 January 2019 - 03:08 PM, said:

Considering how hard the 32X is to even software emulate, I doubt very much we'll see that here.

A shame in a way, it's bloody hard to find a working 32X now.


I didn't realize it was problematic at all.

Well you could say it's step above Mega Drive emulation... and Sega struggle to emulate the Mega Drive.


I can't see it happening. I think they'd more likely go the "Taxman remake Chaotix" route first, and I can't see that happening either.

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View PostBlack Squirrel, on 12 January 2019 - 05:26 PM, said:

View PostAerosol, on 12 January 2019 - 04:00 PM, said:

View PostOverlord, on 12 January 2019 - 03:08 PM, said:

Considering how hard the 32X is to even software emulate, I doubt very much we'll see that here.

A shame in a way, it's bloody hard to find a working 32X now.


I didn't realize it was problematic at all.

Well you could say it's step above Mega Drive emulation... and Sega struggle to emulate the Mega Drive.

Precisely this. It's not worth the effort considering the small number of decent 32X games.

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I'd like to see them actually implement a Dreamcast controller.
They'd also have to ensure compatibility with an original Dreamcast VMU, and long ago, when I was a young man and I tried to tinker with such things, I remember how hard that was.

If they pull it off, it would make full, and complete Dreamcast emulation possible. You would be able to play with your Chao on the VMU once more.

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They said they were going to a year ago, but haven't said anything since. They've been pretty unprofessional in the way they've handled information honestly.

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Somewhat recent article on the subject with beautiful pics.

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Summer 2019.
Seeing dual analogs grafted onto the standard controller is strange. But the aforementioned article stating a repro 3D Control Pad gives me confidence.

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Those dual analog Bluetooth controllers (and the receivers) have both had their release dates on Amazon changed in line with Retro-Bit's announcement.

They are all stating 2nd August 2019 now.

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Is it just me, or does anyone else feel like transparent controllers are a fad that should have died in the 90s/early 2000s. I would have much preferred a more accurate japanese flash saturn controller, or japanese grey controller, rather than the see-through option they're providing. Looks like I'm sticking with black.

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Transparent controllers are rad as hell, but I understand being miffed about getting them over official colours.

If they had the original controllers there at CES for people to directly compare with, that's a good sign that they're confident in their quality at least. Fingers crossed.

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I suppose the problem with a transperent Retro-bit controller is that it clearly says RETRO BIT on the board, which kinda ruins the illusion that it's a Sega product. But it's still amongst the more classy transparent pads (unlike that blue Mega Drive one which from here looks cheap as hell).

I think the semi-transparent N64 consoles/controllers (especially the two-tone variants) have aged better than the solid red/yellow/blue ones, but it's a difficult art form. Some look tacky against green PCBs, some just serve to highlight the empty space, and some are just unpleasant colours (like, ironically, a lot of the Game Boy Color variants). The pastely colours of the GBA don't do much for me either - I prefer the prototypes.

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"Slate Grey" nah son, that's the COOLPAD.
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I'm all about it. They got my money unless the D-Pad somehow sucks.

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The dual analog controllers have been pushed back again to September 2nd.

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View PostPokepunch, on 25 January 2019 - 02:41 PM, said:

The dual analog controllers have been pushed back again to September 2nd.



Yup, but the Bluetooth receivers for the consoles have gone forwards to May 30th, according to Amazon!

Considering they yet to announce a release date for the analog-less "classic" Bluetooth versions of the MD and Saturn pads, I assume they won't be coming any earlier...
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I wonder if the bluetooth controllers will be compatible with Nintendo Switch. To my disappointment, there aren't any good controllers with a d-pad for the Switch other than arguably Nintendo's NES joy-con set. Even at that, the NES controller is just decent, the d-pad itself feels fine but the 2 face buttons and rectangular shape are more or less obsolete. Nothing beats that d-pad and shoulder buttons on the kidney bean Saturn controller.

If they're not natively Switch compatible (not that we have any reason to think they would be), 8bitdo has a convenient little bluetooth receiver that allows the use of PS3 and PS4 controllers (among other things) on the Switch, giving us at least SOME d-pad to use. I should also mention that their wireless SNES controller is, like Nintendo's NES joy-cons, really good but still way inferior to the Saturn kidney bean controller. I wonder if it it will work with the wireless Saturn controller on the Switch. I'm not an electrical engineer, but all these gamepads follow a mostly-common layout scheme (A button always seems to close the same voltage circuit and so forth), so I don't suspect compatibility would require any driver or firmware update.

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I believe I've read on twitter that they will work the Switch - who knows if that's still the case though.

Also, I wish pre-orders were available in the U.S. I see the products on Amazon UK, but not Amazon US. Weird.

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