Let's talk Sega Saturn controllers

Discussion in 'General Sega Discussion' started by SpiderInStockings, May 31, 2022.

  1. SpiderInStockings

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    There's a lot of Saturn controllers, varying from standard ones to joysticks to the 3D control pad to many more. On top of that, there's regional differences.

    Which ones are good? Which ones have you used? Which ones suck?
     
  2. The initial, bulky and oversized, US pad is trash. Glad I have one for the sake of my collection, but I only use the normal Saturn pad. Not really a fan of the 3D control pad as it is awkward to hold, but it did lay the foundation for the Dreamcast and eventually Xbox and Switch Pro pads.
     
  3. saxman

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    The original US pad is actually nicely designed and pretty high quality in my opinion. However, I always felt that pad was just slightly uncomfortable in my hands. The flatter pad feels better to hold and is recommended.

    Never had any other controllers for the Saturn, so I can't comment on those.
     
  4. Elratauru

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    I have used both the JP MK-1 (Grey and Blue) and MK-2 (White and Pink with colored buttons) myself and these are fine, they feel like 6 Button Megadrive controllers with the L+R buttons on top. In fact I'd say these are more confortable as they are not as rounded and have more of an ergonomic shape.

    Retro Bit has also done re-releases of these lately with both Bluetooth and Wireless 2.4 capabilities, and these are pretty good recreations. Compared to an original one I'd say the feeling is almost the same, I'd like to think that the originals feel different due to having 25 years of wear, but I think it's almost the same feeling, action-wise at least, plastics are a little different but similar enough.
     
  5. cartridgeculture

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    This is the best Saturn controller.

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    EDIT: To actually contribute something, I've had a really good experience with Retro-Bit's 2.4GHz wireless controllers.
     
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  6. SpiderInStockings

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    I only own a Japanese Saturn so I haven't had a chance to feel the US controller, but I have to say the first version has always looked really cool to me![​IMG]
    Although the black attracts dust, I've always found the way the D-Pad looks to be really cool, especially when paired with the blocky handles. It really sells the futuristic look even to this day. Of course that doesn't mean anything if it doesn't play well; there's a reason the later revisions are just the Japanese controller but with a different color and logo.

    I got a 3D Control Pad recently and I have to say it's surprisingly comfortable! The stick feels good, but it feels sort of rough when it moves. Is this just an age thing? I was probably gonna get some WD-40 or something similar to try and see if it makes it looser.
     
  7. The original US pad sucks so much that the D-Pad put a hole in my finger playing Street Fighter.
     
  8. MSX

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    Am I the only one who likes the US pad? I sometimes feel that I am. I do have all 3 versions and enjoy them all, but the 3D controller's analog stick (nub?) is a little weird. Also, having to flip a switch between the analog nub and d-pad was weird. Was there no way to make the nub just act like a d-apd where it wasn't supported? I sound like I'm complaining, but the 3D pad is comfortable.
     
  9. SpiderInStockings

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    They very much so could have made the 3D control pad have both active at the same time, but they probably didn't do that out of fear of misinputs? I mean, the thing is like a dinner plate. Not exactly the most conventional controller. Then again, if they'd designed it more intuitively, then there could be games that use both directional inputs a la the Nintendo 64. But on the other hand, I love how weird the 3D control pad is. It's comfy but unlike anything else. Perfectly encapsulates that Sega charm IMO.