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I have had good experiences with Buffalo's replica controllers in the past (The Famicom Replica controller actually allowed me to fly using Curly's Machine Gun in Cave Story with its Turbo interval, fyi), so I am getting another SNES replica controller from them. Amazon says it'll be here by Monday.

It is labeled, "iBuffalo" this time, though, and I did a Google SearchTM for 'what's the difference between a Buffalo controller and an iBuffalo controller,' and the results were completely incomprehensible.

Is there anyone round here whom might have an opinion/empirical data/idea of what the difference is? Is it just a rebranding to boost sales? What is the new feature that requires it have an 'i' appended to the name?

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Re: Buffalo SNES Replica vs. iBuffalo SNES replica, what's the difference?
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2018, 11:52:31 am »
I'm kinda wondering about this too, a new controller's in my future (though I'd prefer wireless, I've heard great things about iBuffalo and would compromise).

Also since the situation's similar, how's everyone's experiences with 8bitdo?  I've heard that the d-pads are better on the models without the analog sticks, but I actually need the L2/R2 buttons more than the sticks. :P

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Re: Buffalo SNES Replica vs. iBuffalo SNES replica, what's the difference?
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2018, 09:41:06 am »
I actually have one, and though they are a bit pricey, the Snes30Pro that I have has no issues with the D-Pad, and has analog sticks, too. L2 and R2 are right behind the L1 and R1 buttons where they belong, no worries.

Still wondering what the i in iBuffalo is for. Hopefully 'improved.'

I got the controller in the mail, and it is not any different than the previous one I owned. It doesn't even say iBuffalo on it, just the regular Buffalo logo.

:| I'm going to make an educated guess at this point that the whole 'iBuffalo' thing is an internet-only mini-rebranding attempt to make their controllers seem more 'modern.' Still, they work great. I don't know if it's just to boost sales. Seems like some brainchild of a marketing exec.

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Re: Buffalo SNES Replica vs. iBuffalo SNES replica, what's the difference?
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2018, 01:00:34 am »
Oh dear.

I own the 16 button iBuffalo pad, and it's crap. It worked fine at first, and 16 programmable buttons with turbo fire is a great idea. But after heavy use, the buttons get stuck, and even the D-Pad so playing a precision intensive platformer like Mega Man is damn near impossible. And yes, I cleaned that damn thing with alcohol and cotton swabs, and the D-Pad still sticks like pages stuck together in a used porno magazine.

I'm gonna assume that "iBuffalo" is a Chinese knock-off of genuine "Buffalo" controllers.
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Re: Buffalo SNES Replica vs. iBuffalo SNES replica, what's the difference?
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2018, 04:29:04 am »
I own the 16 button

Um...the one I have has 14 buttons? Where are the other two you're talking about?

(...) iBuffalo pad, and it's crap. It worked fine at first, and 16 programmable buttons with turbo fire is a great idea. But after heavy use, the buttons get stuck, and even the D-Pad so playing a precision intensive platformer like Mega Man is damn near impossible. And yes, I cleaned that damn thing with alcohol and cotton swabs, and the D-Pad still sticks like pages stuck together in a used porno magazine.

I'm gonna assume that "iBuffalo" is a Chinese knock-off of genuine "Buffalo" controllers.

Ok, so I guess I dodged a bullet here...there seems to be some confusion about it. The one I have now is the same as the ones I've previously had, shipped straight out of Japan to me. Seems to be identical to the Buffalo SNES replica I had before, which worked fine for a number of years before I got rid of it.

Nice to know the iBuffalo's are not good, I guess...I'm still wondering what the distinction is. You say you have a 16-button programmable SNES Replica Pad that sucks floppy donkey ...I'm on restricted access, so I guess I'll clean this up for fear of ticking anyone off... floppy donkey ears?

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Re: Buffalo SNES Replica vs. iBuffalo SNES replica, what's the difference?
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2018, 10:11:46 pm »
As I understand it there's a newer model of the snes Buffalo that is more compatible with Windows 10 and co.

How did this controller work out for you? I may be in the market for one if it's good enough to go with the Raspberry Pi 3B+ I might pick up. If not, does anyone have any good sub-25 controllers or should I go Logitech?

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Re: Buffalo SNES Replica vs. iBuffalo SNES replica, what's the difference?
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2018, 12:02:51 am »
I've been using a Logitech Dual Action wired USB controller for the past 10 years or so; it hasn't given me any problems, has survived some unintentional abuse, and is still going strong. I think I got it new for around $20, but I could be mis-remembering that. Even if I paid $30, I'd still call it a good buy.

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Re: Buffalo SNES Replica vs. iBuffalo SNES replica, what's the difference?
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2018, 12:05:57 am »
As I understand it there's a newer model of the snes Buffalo that is more compatible with Windows 10 and co.

http://a.co/d/cZnjQqc

This would be the controller which I bought. It's working out fine. I don't know about its XInput Compatibility, but then, I am not sure how much that matters as of this moment. Things seem to be shifting a bit in terms of what controller will work with what right about now.

I don't know what you got stuck with, Kronos, but it's absolutely not what I bought. Boy, the 'net is really a wild west of bs these days.

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Re: Buffalo SNES Replica vs. iBuffalo SNES replica, what's the difference?
« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2018, 12:34:16 pm »
Oh, I haven't bought anything yet. I think I might get another Logitech wired controller so I can use some of the extra buttons for saving and loading savestates in retropie maybe.

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Re: Buffalo SNES Replica vs. iBuffalo SNES replica, what's the difference?
« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2018, 02:23:42 pm »
(The Famicom Replica controller actually allowed me to fly using Curly's Machine Gun in Cave Story with its Turbo interval, fyi), so I am getting another SNES replica controller
Uh thats intended feature, machine gun has auto-fire anyway  ::)


Anyway, I have 8bitdos nes clone controller(its good apart from tiny shoulder buttons and its incredibly bright led's), and nes30 pro(its good but the buttons are bit annoyingly sticky). Personally I just use wiiU pro controller(with mayflash usb dongle) on PC as it works perfectly for everything, old or new games.

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Re: Buffalo SNES Replica vs. iBuffalo SNES replica, what's the difference?
« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2018, 02:39:08 pm »
Uh thats intended feature, machine gun has auto-fire anyway  ::)

You're technically correct, but I'll chalk this up to not having played Cave Story in far too long, I forgot the mechanics of it.

What the Buffalo Famicom Clone controller's timing interval does, is make sure that your ammo doesn't run down while you 'fly.' Normally, when Quote uses the Machine Gun to propel himself upward, you can only do it for a fixed interval, until the ammo reaches 0, and then you have to sink to the ground while it recharges to 100. But with the particular turbo button interval that the Buffalo Fami Clone has, the ammo seems to "stick" at a certain set of two numbers, alternating rapidly, and only decreasing to the next set of two numbers after a few seconds of time, during which Quote is in the air.

So, yes, the Machine Gun lets you fly in Cave Story, but with this particular controller, it's much more efficient. It's almost like a cheat, but it depends entirely on the turbo interval of the controller.