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Retro Fighters Develops A Next Generation NES Controller


The Nintendo Entertainment System has been around for over 30 years. Its gaming legacy is cemented in each of our gamer souls. And with every influential system comes an influential controller. The NES still has one of the most recognizable controllers in the industry. It delivered a simplicity that got the job done, and aside from some third-party attempts, needed no redesign. Retro Fighters is finally looking to improve this classic gamepad. Standing apart from the crowds full of aftermarket mimics and copycats, comes a new and improved NES controller.

Retro Fighters Controller Annotated

“We’re not looking to replace the classic NES controller, we just wanted to create a whole new experience for the retro gaming community,” explains Robert Lomeli, head of product development.

The Retro Controller, which is also compatible with PC via USB, will add new functionality to the classic two-button controller. New additions include a completely reworked design. Large rubberized handles are designed to fit comfortably into the player’s hands (in other words, no sharp edges!) Those more familiar with modern controllers should feel right at home.

Also featured is a glossy, indented directional pad, turbo button, and re-positioned B and A buttons. The new placements are based on feedback received from retro gamers looking for a more player-friendly gaming experience. More unique additions to The Retro Controller are the dual analog sticks, shoulder, and trigger buttons. The analog controls are made to work well with popular sports and space shooter titles. The B and A shoulder and trigger buttons are added with the goal of giving gamers even more playing options and can add a different spin on old classics when used with the D-pad or analog sticks.

The Retro Fighters NES controller is set to release May 2016. You can sign up for updates on its release by visiting their site.

Johnny grew up sharing NES, Genesis, and Playstation games with his older brother. His first personal system was the Nintendo 64. After regaining most of his old games, he began to expand his collection. Eventually, his mission became to collect anything and everything retro related.