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SNES Controllers

In the age of next-generation consoles, SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) controllers provide you with a means of playing a retro game. Using these controllers, you can play many vintage SNES games in their original formats. In addition, with the advent of USB gamepad technology, you can also use them in RetroPie setups.

Are SNES classic controllers interchangeable?

The original SNES controller is also a compatible stand-in for the original NES controller. This means you can use the SNES controller to play many of your retro console games on SNES, and you can use the controller to play any original NES games as well.

How do you set up a controller?

If you'd like to be able to do this, you will need a Super Nintendo controller with a USB adapter that allows the controller to interface with your computer. The buttons on the SNES device will still have the same contoured look and feel, so they should function like any console gamepad or joystick would. Fortunately, aside from plugging in the designated cable, there are no additional steps you'll need to take for the game controller to be ready for use.

What are the benefits of using a Super Nintendo controller?

While you can play Super Nintendo games on a PC or laptop using a simple emulator and keyboard, a gamepad will allow you to play Nintendo and Super Nintendo games. You should only need is a USB controller ready for plug-and-play and you're all set. You can even set them up with Retro-feel or Retro-link configurations.

How do you clean Super Nintendo devices?

Even with regular use, over time, you may notice some accumulation of dirt and grime on your equipment, particularly on the button or D-pad areas. While this is normal, there are steps you should take to clean everything.

  • First, unscrew the five screws on the rear of the device and pull it apart. Use some caution when pulling apart the shoulder triggers here as they have metal rods that help them to swivel. You can set them aside for now.
  • Next, unsnake the cable and pull out the board. Pull out the pads and set them aside, too. Clean the pads with rubbing alcohol while the buttons soak in a bowl of water mixed with soap.
  • Take care to clean the circuit board gently with rubbing alcohol if you notice that it's sticky. Otherwise, you should just clean the black areas of the board with some alcohol and a cotton swab.
  • If the case of the device needs some cleaning, you should only use warm water and some soap, rather than rubbing alcohol.
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