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Is there a USB PC gamepad perfect for oldschool emulators for like NES, Genesis, etc? I wanna play some of my old NES games like Mario 3, but my gamepad is a gameport controller, and I have no gameport on my rig...
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http://www.logitech.com/en-au/gaming/controllers/devices/301

Or you could go a step higher and get the logitech DUAL ACTION GAMEPAD. It's CHEAP. And it would allow you to use the gamepad in modern games as well. Games like Dirt2 or stuff like that, where the controller is a nicer option.
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I personally use a PSX-to-USB "adapter/dongle", with my old PS2 DualShock 2 controller for all my Emulators.
ie. http://www.mayflash.com/pc/pc001/pc001-1.htm

Haven't needed anything else.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Trigunflame;12113578 
I personally use a PSX-to-USB dongle, with my old PS2 DualShock 2 controller for all my Emulators.

I like this. IS there a driver you use to program the buttons, or software? The NES emu i use can map to w/e button. Thats what i need for sure, to be able to program it.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SwishaMane;12113605 
I like this. IS there a driver you use to program the buttons, or software? The NES emu i use can map to w/e button. Thats what i need for sure, to be able to program it.

Any good emulator (for NES, that would be something like fceux or nestopia), will support DirectInput.
From their respective input configurations, you should be able to map your controller's buttons to the emulator's buttons.

The only "Drivers" you need, are for OS support.
Available here: http://www.mayflash.com/Download.htm
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I'd recommend using an XBOX360 controller. I use it to play all my emulated games. It's supported by windows, so it has basic button configuration options and is easy to setup. Since it's USB, just plug it in and play. I suppose you could do the same with PS3 controllers, but I don't know if they are plug and play.

I have owned two PSX-to-USB adapters before and they worked great, but were somewhat buggy due to the crappy software that comes with them, at least the ones I owned did. If you go this route, make sure the adapter allows for diagonal directions. One of the ones I owned only allowed 4 directions, up down left right, but not diagonally in any direction which sucks.
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Hm. Good point. I'm gonna try and find an actual PC gamepad tho. XBOX has never been my thing, and playing Mario 3 for NES with a 360 control would be weird. Im thinking of a generic SNES like pad or Genesis like pad, I wanna play some NES, SNES and Genesis like the good ole days.
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Rumblepad 2 BEST usb gamepad.
   
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There's tutorials online of how to actually rewire a snes controller or other controllers to work with a pc, requires some soldering. This guy sells the straight up adapter, pretty cool. I have 2 of the logitech dual actions, they're decent, great with emulators and hot pursuit, driving in gta4.

http://www.raphnet-tech.com/products/snes_to_usb_cable/index.php
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I might just stick with this...

http://cgi.ebay.com/PLAYSTATION-PS1-PS2-CONTROLLER-PC-2-PORT-USB-ADAPTER-/260730614365?pt=Video_Games_Accessories&hash=item3cb4c1725d

What do you guys think? Will this support the Direct Input thing, and will I need a specific driver? I don't know anything about PC gamepads, last one i had was a ProPad 6 on game port. Worked awesome, but I sold it...

EDIT: I chose that oen too because it was only one in usa. EVERY other one I clicked was Hong Kong, serious? $1.00 ps2 - usb adapters from hong kong?
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