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Old 19 June 2016, 16:41   #1
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Why don't everybody like the CD32 controller..?

I like it,I don't find a problem with it,I find the mega drive controller gives me pain in my left hand(well I do have arthritis in it),one controller I don't like is the PS1/2/3 controllers,hate L2 and R2,your finger slips off the buttons and it way to small for my hands,glad they finally redesigned it.
Don't know what the PS4 one is like never had a PS4..

Is everybody the same,don't like the CD32 controller..? I can't use a joystick anymore so have to use controllers,easy on my hand.

I give it a thumbs up And the prices on eBay,£25+ for the controller is ridiculous,The old the Amiga stuff gets the more it is..

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Old 19 June 2016, 16:55   #2
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I like the design and feel of it a lot, and a lot of others don’t,
but it’s made crappy. All of the buttons and contacts for the D pad are made of PCB and membrane, basically a bunch of old calculator buttons.
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Old 19 June 2016, 16:59   #3
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There are many problems with the CD32 controller.

The DPAD is probably the worst of them. First, it does not easily allow to detect what is pressed and thus makes diagonals are to reach. Second, it is flat and these spherical protrusions end up hurting your thumb very quickly.
The buttons in general could be better, they are ok but could be much snappier.
The shoulder buttons are bad, it is very easy to have them stuck and stop working.

All in all it is probably the second worst controller ever shipped as standard in a console since the 16 bit era.
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Old 19 June 2016, 17:47   #4
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It feels just as solid as the $2.49 Megadrive pad I bought from China (including postage).
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Old 19 June 2016, 18:04   #5
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Never used one, but I dislike controllers in general. I prefer keyboards and joysticks.
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Old 19 June 2016, 18:15   #6
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The "official" CD32 controller is an utter lump of pants - its shocking how spongy, cheap and unresponsive it's d-pad is.


ugh... just look at it... my fingers are beginning to ache already!

This utter piece of filth is not only uncomfortable to use it will incite excruciating pain in the phalanges if playing for any real duration (>20 minutes)


Now.... lets look at the Competition Pro CD32 controller



The "Offical" Amiga CD32 pad is utter sh!t - save your hard earned money and don't buy it- instead spend your funds on the Competition Pro CD32 pad and this is quite a different animal and one well worth owning on the Amiga / CD32!
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Old 19 June 2016, 19:51   #7
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Or use your old original SNES pad with an USB adapter + Rys MK II. Works perfectly fine in full CD32 pad mode (can't feel a big lag there) and it's affordable.
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Old 19 June 2016, 20:40   #8
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The "official" CD32 controller is an utter lump of pants - its shocking how spongy, cheap and unresponsive it's d-pad is.
Yep, the d-pad is awful and broke on my original CD32 pad. I had the top buttons stick before too. Other than being cheap and unreliable, the ergonomics were tolerable for a large hand.

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Now.... lets look at the Competition Pro CD32 controller
My replacement for my broken CD32 pad is this. It is pretty much the perfect replacement for those who like Sega Genesis style game pads. The only down side is that they are not easy to find anymore.
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Old 19 June 2016, 20:47   #9
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Here's me taking apart one of these controllers.
Look how cheap and crappy this thing is.
http://www.exretro.com/galleries/com...ads/index.html


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Old 19 June 2016, 22:08   #10
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Is everybody the same,don't like the CD32 controller..? I can't use a joystick anymore so have to use controllers,easy on my hand.
do you mean a hand held home computer style joystick? never really got on with those, i find pads, even good ones, way more of a strain on the pinkies than a good arcade style joystick, so i built one and put a CD32 controller board into it
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Old 19 June 2016, 22:44   #11
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The "official" CD32 controller is an utter lump of pants - its shocking how spongy, cheap and unresponsive it's d-pad is.


ugh... just look at it... my fingers are beginning to ache already!

This utter piece of filth is not only uncomfortable to use it will incite excruciating pain in the phalanges if playing for any real duration (>20 minutes)


Now.... lets look at the Competition Pro CD32 controller



The "Offical" Amiga CD32 pad is utter sh!t - save your hard earned money and don't buy it- instead spend your funds on the Competition Pro CD32 pad and this is quite a different animal and one well worth owning on the Amiga / CD32!
I wouldn't pay £39 for Competition Pro CD32 pad a bit to much I think.. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/amiga-cd32...UAAOSw5dNWm5Dr Thats more than a bran new PS4 DualShock 4 Controller ..mine goddd..I don't believe itttt..
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Competition Pro CD32 is something that somebody should clone and put to the market
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I wouldn't pay £39 for Competition Pro CD32 pad a bit to much I think.. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/amiga-cd32...UAAOSw5dNWm5Dr Thats more than a bran new PS4 DualShock 4 Controller ..mine goddd..I don't believe itttt..
It retailed for ~ £17 back in 1995 ;-)

http://<br /> http://www.exretro.com...JoyPads_01.jpg

Who remembers the Hyperpad, btw ? ;-)

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Yup, d-pad broke on both of my controllers, cd32 pad is very flimsy though I like how it felt.
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This utter piece of filth is not only uncomfortable to use it will incite excruciating pain in the phalanges if playing for any real duration (>20 minutes)
I love your style.

And you must be some kind of warrior to be able to last 20 minutes. When I exhumed my CD32 from the attic this winter I tried playing Digger and could not last more than five minutes before my thumb started to ache!

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Or use your old original SNES pad with an USB adapter + Rys MK II. Works perfectly fine in full CD32 pad mode (can't feel a big lag there) and it's affordable.
My, you certainly love adapters. I wonder if there is a way to make this chain any longer.
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Because awful design and poor materials were use to made it. I like idea of playing amiga games with pad, but not with this one.
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Old 20 June 2016, 11:48   #17
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Not all games worked well with a pad, at least to me up to jump platformers only really make sense on a joystick. When porting the games to the CD32 did they make use of the buttons and re-program the games to be console/pad friendly or did the publishers just shove the old title onto a CD and double the price?
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My, you certainly love adapters. I wonder if there is a way to make this chain any longer.
Due to lack of a really good available CD32 controller. The Honey Bee/Competition Pro is solid but far from perfect. And since it works fine, why not? Well, you can shorten then chain with the Buffalo pad (which is pretty close to the original SNES pad unlike gazillions of cheap knock-offs).


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Old 20 June 2016, 12:35   #19
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Sure its far from ideal and feels cheap, the dpad is rather poor, but it still does the job in alot of games, i think people tend to use any excuse for their poor game playing skills
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Not all games worked well with a pad, at least to me up to jump platformers only really make sense on a joystick. When porting the games to the CD32 did they make use of the buttons and re-program the games to be console/pad friendly or did the publishers just shove the old title onto a CD and double the price?
Some used the buttons, some didn't. ..But many games just didn't need more than 2 buttons anyway.


I agree to most people here that the original pad is crap, I quickly got myself a competition pro, however those are expensive today, I seen them sell for over 400SEK (about 40 euros)
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