A Decent NES Controller For Your PC
By James Grahame
I'm always a bit suspicious when it comes to reproductions of classic gaming hardware. NES controllers are a case in point -- the original rectangular design wasn't particularly pretty, but it could take a massive pounding before succumbing. The same can't be said for many clones. Most just don't feel right and are prone to frustrating failures as they age.
However, Gtron's Classic NES USB controller looks like a step in the right direction. It has received excellent reviews, with most users finding it pretty close to the real thing. It's plug-and-play on Win98/ME/2000/2003/XP (I'm guessing it'll work fine with recent flavours of OS X and Linux, too) and features a 6 ft cord with standard USB-A connector on the end. Apart from that, there's not much to say -- the D-pad, select/start and A & B buttons are precisely where you'd expect to find them and do what they're supposed to do.
Best of all, it's only $14.21 on Amazon. At that price, it's easy to ignore the hideous box art.