Hyperkin is rapidly becoming an established video game peripheral, accessory, and console manufacturer. They are especially well known for their retro consoles such as the recently announced RetroN 5 that has five cartridge ports for the NES, SNES, Genesis, Famicom, and GBA consoles.
Tomee is one of their controller and accessory brands known for offering exceptional products with their NES USB controller being no exception.
Tomee’s USB controllers make playing your classic Nintendo games on your PC/Mac so much easier. With emulation on the rise with things like the Raspberry Pi and OUYA, having a retro controller to match with the right interface is essential.
- Interface: USB
- Compatibility: PC/Mac (Windows 98 SE or later, or OS X 10.0 or later)
- Eight-way directional pad
- Four digital buttons
The NES USB controller comes in a very simple box that features the most information you could really have about this simple controller on the back and a picture of the controller itself and the USB connector next to it. Inside is literally just the USB controller wrapped in plastic – no driver disc or anything else.
Appearance-wise, Tomee got the retro NES controller spot on. The red B and A buttons are concave, just like the original Nintendo controller. This is something that a lot of other knock-offs get wrong and it’s a great detail to get right. The directional pad has rounded edges, also unlike other brands that usually have sharp, stiff edges. This company did a great job on replicating the design of the original Nintendo controller.
Installing the controller was a breeze. The controller features a convenient plug-n-play connectivity making it that much easier to start playing your games on the PC/Mac. From there it’s a simple mapping the buttons to whatever program you’re using it for.
The controller is very comfortable during gameplay with correctly responsive buttons and a light design. It also has that nostalgic feel looking down from your computer to see a brand new NES controller in your hands. Nothing on the controller feels flimsy like it is going to fall apart anytime soon.
Overall, the Tomee NES USB controller is a fantastic choice if you’re looking for a retro USB controller. It’s exactly like taking your original NES controller and giving it a USB interface. Plus its plug-n-play connectivity makes for an easy installation.
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