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Subscribe to Retro Gamer for 6 months and get a free N30 retro / Pikachu switch / wired xbox or wired hori PS controller - £24.99
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Subscribe to Retro Gamer for 6 months and get a free N30 retro / Pikachu switch / wired xbox or wired hori PS controller - £24.99

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Posted 4th Dec 2019

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Similar deal was posted in october but only with 8bitdo controllers to choose from. Seems good as the N30 retro is over £30 on amazon alone.
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Xbox controller has some dodge reviews on amazon
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Bambin004/12/2019 14:42

Xbox controller has some dodge reviews on amazon


I've not checked to be honest but I've got the snes varient of the 8bitdo controller to go with my raspberry Pi and it's a great little controller. Well worth the money and retro gamer is a great mag.
deleted123336904/12/2019 14:46

I've not checked to be honest but I've got the snes varient of the 8bitdo …I've not checked to be honest but I've got the snes varient of the 8bitdo controller to go with my raspberry Pi and it's a great little controller. Well worth the money and retro gamer is a great mag.


Yeah, the 8bitdo is the only real option here
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8bitdo is great for using on Switch too.
Retro Gamer is a great magazine. 8bitdo is a great controller. This is a great deal all round
Is this a recurring subscription?
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A_man_named_rob04/12/2019 15:36

Is this a recurring subscription?


I don't think so. You pay the £24.99 upfront and it doesn't say anything about renewals. I'd double check at the checkout though.
Hori(ffic) Mini more like.
The N30 is really nice, although the size doesn't really warrant analog sticks. Playing games that chiefly use sticks is fine, but because everything about the controller is somewhat themed around being small, it isn't ideal.

I played a fair bit of BotW with it and because the game has quite a serene pace, you don't really feel hindered by it. That said if you jump into something like Ruiner or Saints Row you'll find it's far less comfortable as you really want a controller you can grip and get excited with.

People say the same thing about the SN30 Pro and the lack of handles, how 3D games are less enjoyable because you can't really grip it and get into the game as much, but I think it's fine in those controllers to be honest because the controller is significantly more chunky than the N30 Pro.

All that said, you could probably guess it works brilliantly for 2D stuff. The Dpad is glossy which can be off-putting at first, and yes it does have that 8BitDo trademark of diagonals being too easy to hit, but the smooth finish eventually grew on me and the petite size makes it a great choice especially for handheld emulators. Something about the size mimicking the size of the Dpad that would've been on the original unit is pleasing.

As for the other options...eh. The PowerA switch controller is a decent option for something like Mario Kart. It's a bulky thing, big buttons and obscenely large analog sticks, but it works well for party games. I wouldn't use it as a primary controller though. I haven't that specific variant of the Xbox PowerA controller, but if it's anything like the other ones I've used then it can be summarised as a notch below first party quality for a couple of months but deteriorates far quicker than other controllers. I've had one that died a month in for seemingly no reason. I've owned plenty over the years and they've all kicked the bucket early in. Even if you don't use them heavily (which I didn't), they'll break. As for the Hori controller, it's a joke: a gimmick, a novelty piece, a complete waste of time in function. There's too much bad about this controller for a quick summary, but essentially some games that use the touch pad will practically be unplayable as the implementation is laughably stupid. Most PS4 games don't warrant the use of a Dpad-centric controller, and those that do shouldn't suffer the mushy mess that infests this hunk of plastic.

Basically, just get the N30 Pro and enjoy some retro goodness.

p.s. the N30 has gyro and rumble.
I waited over a year for my controller last time
Great magazine with a good controller. Have some heat.
Great controller,
Terrible magazine.The paper quality is like tissue these days.There doesn't seem to be any quality control at the printers.
A lot of the time it just goes over the same old stuff.
Lots of problems with subscriptions arriving late or not at all.

Why do you think they are giving you a £30 controller for a £25 sub?
Arron_Frost05/12/2019 09:49

Great controller,Terrible magazine.The paper quality is like tissue these …Great controller,Terrible magazine.The paper quality is like tissue these days.There doesn't seem to be any quality control at the printers.A lot of the time it just goes over the same old stuff.Lots of problems with subscriptions arriving late or not at all.Why do you think they are giving you a £30 controller for a £25 sub?


Either slim profit margins, or a loss leader to attract customer retention.
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