Well, maybe not yet.
To me, Hori has been the king of third-party controllers. They have the advantage of time and presence. From all the way back to the SNES era, Hori has been making controllers for all (or at least nearly all) major systems. Their stuff may not always be home-runs (heck, some of their stuff don't even make it to first base), but their stuff is usually the next-best option after first-party controllers. Sometimes, they even make controllers better than the first-party option (I nod to you, Hori Pad Mini for the N64), and they've made the best third-party controller of all time (I'll get you soon, Digital Controller for the GameCube).
Lately, many third-party manufacturers have been narrowing the gap between Hori and the rest. We have PowerA to thank for their excellent GameCube-style Switch controllers, and Retro-bit has been stepping up their game lately with the phenomenal Sega and Hori Pad Mini controllers. And now we have strong newcomers like Retro Fighters and, of course, 8BitDo.
I've mentioned in previous reviews that I've dismissed 8BitDo as yet another sub-par third-party manufacturer. It wasn't until my Analogue Nt mini arrived with one that I tried one and swallowed my words. As an owner now of eight different 8BitDo controllers, I can say I'm convinced, and I now dare say that this may be their best one yet; it's probably the strongest contender to the Pro Controller we have.
I pre-ordered the G Edition the day it was possible, and it arrived last night. I've played a few games, mostly CTR:NF. Here are my initial impressions.
Out of the box, I immediately felt this was the Switch's version of the DualShock 4. Of course, that's not to say this controller is just for the Switch, as it works with many other systems, but most people are probably getting it for the Switch--including yours truly. The main thing I wanted to know is how the d-pad work, especially on the G Edition as it mimics the d-pad found in the DMG with the little grips. This is by far the best d-pad 8BitDo has produced. The plastic is sturdy, but it's also the same softer material you'd find on Nintendo's first-party d-pads; it also has rounded-off corners so that they're not sharp. Many companies' cross-style d-pads seem to be made of a harder plastic or have too-sharp edges, which can make for a sore extended play session. This d-pad is easier on the thumb, and the little grips indeed have some grittier surface to them that makes it easier to keep the thumb on. There's still that odd, scratchy plastic sound that seems to be on all 8BitDo controllers when pressing the d-pad, though it doesn't affect feel or gameplay. Anyone who owns an 8BitDo controller will probably know what I'm talking about; when I press my d-pad down, I hear this unpleasant, harsh "thock." Otherwise, this is probably the best non-Nintendo d-pad we currently have for the Switch. In this area, 8BitDo has passed.
My next favorite thing about the controller is the L/R and ABXY buttons. They have the same, soft tactile feedback as the L/R buttons on the Pro Controller. I love it. I prefer these ABXY buttons over the Pro Controller. My favorite ABXY buttons were probably those on the Wii Classic Controller/Pro, but now I think these may be my favorite. They have optimal travel distance (not too much, not too little), and provide the same, soft feel when pressed as the shoulder buttons. Divine.
However, I feel that the L2/R2 buttons have too much travel. You can use the separate Ultimate Software to customize the input register, but all it does it just stop the input beyond a certain point. I prefer the L2/R2 buttons on the Pro Controller and DualShock 4. There's too much travel here for my tastes.
I haven't really fiddled with the sticks much, but they seem nearly identical to the ones on the DualShock 4, albeit slightly narrower in girth. The travel for the actual gates are fine, but the sticks are just a bit on the smaller side.
The handles are great. I felt no discomfort while playing for two hours straight of CTR:NF. I do find the controller to be a bit wide for me, and the L/R buttons are a bit too forward and far from my index fingers than I'd like, but I realize I may have smaller hands than average. The entire housing of the controller is made from a nice, robust plastic that seems like it'll last for decades.
I've read reviews prior to receiving mine mentioning the weak vibration, and I do have to agree. Even after adjusting the vibration with the Ultimate Software (which you have to download separately), it left much to be desired. There's no HD vibration, but even the standard vibration here is a bit on the weak side.
As for lag, I detected none. I updated to the current firmware as of this writing (v3.01) and the input is snappy. When playing Golf Story, my presses would stop the swing meter precisely when I intended, and in CTR:NF my power slides were easier to control than with other controllers.
Finally, to give the Ultimate Software its own paragraph, I fiddled with it a bit to see what it's like. As of this writing (Aug. 9, 2019), it's available only for Windows machines. I had to borrow a Windows machine momentarily. As soon as I plugged in the controller, the software detected it and even upgraded my controller to the latest firmware--neat. It's all GUI, so it's very user-friendly. Nevertheless, the only modifications I did were shorten the input register of the L2/R2 buttons so that it would stop the input halfway, and raise the vibration. I don't think I really raised it as it was already at the maximum, but I lowered and raised it anyway just to make sure the weak vibration was really physical and not adjustable beyond its strength. Alas, it didn't really help much.
There's a tab in the software to add macros, but right now I couldn't really think of any to add.
So, in case it wasn't evident, I'm a fan. I'm a huge, huge fan. This controller will be in my top three controllers to use for the Switch, and probably will be my exclusive for certain games (like CTR:NF). This is 8BitDo's answer to the DualShock 4, and in some certain areas it exceeds its inspiration (like the d-pad and ABXY buttons).
- 平台: Nintendo Switch
- 格式: 电子游戏