I am very new to the community but fell in love with all the videos that GrandPooBear and Ryukahr posted on YouTube. I have been using SNES emulators for probably 10 years now, but recently have been wanting to play these SMW Hacks.
Since it's WAAAAYY too difficult (at least for me) to play using a keyboard, was wondering which controllers does everyone recommend for playing these rom hacks?
I have only really seen a post about the SN30 pro, but wasn't sure if there were better controllers out there or compatible ones.
My personal favorite controller for 2D games is the Wii Classic Controller Pro. It can be used on PCs using an adapter from Mayflash. The adapter is somewhat impractical, but the controller itself is still my favorite, because I think it has one of the best (if not the best) D-Pads I know of, while also being very comfortable to hold.
Nowadays, I usually use my Switch Pro Controller (again with a Mayflash adapter - Bluetooth or USB are too unreliable/uncomfortable for me here). I love the Switch Pro Controller a lot, but I think it works best for 3D games. I gotta admit that I'm not a huge fan of its D-Pad, it seems a bit too sensible/unreliable to me. It's definitely usable and by no means as bad as the D-Pad of the Xbox 360 Controller or the GameCube Controller, but I still prefer the Wii Classic Controller Pro for 2D games.
another good option is the Dualshock 4. the split d-pad is surprisingly comfortable and I think it actually makes the controller easier to use, and I map some emulator functions to the sticks, which are really nice for playing 3D games since they're smooth and seem to resist wear. the only issue is the battery life, which isn't great since the controller has a touchpad and lightbar, but I've read you can cut off power to those and it'll improve tremendously, so if you think you want to, go for it. it's essentially the same as the sf/n 30 pro afaik but it has handles and probably better build quality but I've never used the former so idk
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I'm not sure if it's my favorite, but the GameCube controller feels surprisingly comfortable with the right set up. Y is set to Y/X (either one), A is B, X is A. B is just set to whichever button you didn't assign to Y. It may sound bad, but I think it feels pretty good. Maybe I'm just blinded by my love for the GameCube, though.
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In my experience, there is no "best" controller. If you're a console player, you'll find it easiest to adapt your most-played current console controller to the computer. However, adapting some controllers might be more difficult than others, like the Xbox One controller, all you need to do is plug it in and you're ready to go.
I would argue that if you're good with Mouse & Keyboard, learning how to play SMW Hacks with the keyboard will be more beneficial as you'll be able to react much faster to situations than you could with a controller. I play SMW Hacks with a keyboard and find controllers to be rather hindering to the experience. And it's not because I suck at using controllers, I used to play First Person Shooter games on console before I switched to PC Master Race.
It's really down to the individual. What controller feels best in your hands?
Personally I use the DualShock 3 for literally everything you can think of, but having played the DualShock 4 it's actually better, so I'll get some more of that for emulation.
I recommend anything with a button layout you can easily translate to the games you play; I feel that all PlayStation controllers with two triggers are brilliant at this, especially since the PlayStation 3.
You can even use the additional buttons for things like turbo and even emulation control (pauses, savestates, rewinds, slow downs, speed-ups).
I currently use a Logitech F310 gamepad. It features the controls you'd normally use for a Super Nintendo.
My right side button layout is the same as the Super Nintendo (A/B on the bottom, X/Y on the top). There are also the Start and Select buttons on the middle of the joypad. There are also PlayStation-like analog sticks if you don't want to use the directional buttons. I use the left and right bumper buttons for camera angle for SMW hacks. The left trigger I personally use for setting save states, and the right trigger I use for loading save states.
I believe I picked it up for a reasonable price. It's not overly expensive for a USB PC gamepad.