My Arcade Wireless Super GamePad for SNES Classic Review
If you managed to score a SNES Classic Edition this past holiday season consider yourself lucky, because it’s a fantastic nostalgic little machine that gamers of all ages will enjoy. The games loaded on it are the cream of the crop from the SNES’s catalog, so for older gamers the throwback titles will take them back to their childhood in a good way, while younger gamers can experience some of the best games that the 16-bit era had to offer.
While the SNES Classic is packed full of iconic gaming experiences, it still suffers from corded cables for its controllers, which is a similar issue to what the NES Classic Edition faced due to the limited length of said cables. The SNES Classic improved upon the ultra-short cable lengths that the NES Classic Edition controllers suffered from, but you still have to sit pretty close to the console while playing. Luckily, just like for the NES Classic, My Arcade has crafted a fully wireless controller option for the SNES Classic, which is called the Super GamePad.
The Super GamePad allows for wireless controller play that can reach up to 25 feet without lag. It also features an ergonomic design for easy gripping, which I might add is a great touch because the controller feels modern, but also maintains the face button layout of a standard SNES controller. It also includes a home button to get right back to the SNES Classics main menu, which the standard controllers curiously lack. Finally, it offers a turbo button, which can be toggled to any of the controller’s buttons to give you an instant boost in your controller inputs.
This third party controller is THE controller for the SNES Classic Edition, and even better it will also work with the NES Classic, or with the Wii/Wii U for certain virtual console titles. I have to say that my favorite features are the ergonomic design, the home button, and the turbo function. The controller feels so much more natural in your hands thanks to the grips it adds to the flat design of a standard SNES controller. Like I mentioned earlier, it’s the perfect mashup of a modern grip based controller mashed with the classic layout of a standard SNES controller. It just feels much more comfortable, which in turn can lead to better control over the action in the games you play.
The home button is a mega-convenience, because having to get up every time to reset the SNES Classic every time you want to try another game is simply a pain in the butt. With this controller you can now simply tap the home button from the comfort of your couch, which allows you to remain as sloth-like as possible while enjoying the games on your SNES Classic.
The turbo button on the other hand provides an immediate edge in games that involve the use of projectiles. For example, in Mega Man X you can simply enable turbo on Mega Man’s weapon button, which allows you to just hold it down to keep firing rapidly without having to keep mashing on the button. It also comes in handy in a game like Star Fox, which also typically requires constant button mashing to keep your ship’s guns-a-blazing.
For $24.99 there is no better wireless controller option for the SNES Classic than My Arcade’s Super GamePad. It feels great in your hands, and the added functionality the home and turbo buttons provide make it a no brainer pick up for heavy users of the SNES Classic. If you’re interested in picking one up you can do so through Amazon today.
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