Retro Fighters Kickerstarter controller

Everyone and their dog has an opinion on if the Dreamcast pad is any good or not, however today saw a potential actual contender arrive for the much aged original Sega Dreamcast design. So if you do happen to either not be a fan, or just fancy a change after all these years, then more options are emerging in this field.

Retro Fighters, the LA team that has previously successfully Kickstarted and delivered pad designs for the NES and the N64, today launched and then achieved the £10,000 goal they had set for delivery of the project for a new DC pad, that will fully support VMU and rumble too.

Hitting that goal within a couple of hours and already completed by the time we'd even spotted the announcement. At UK exchange rates the pad is weighing in at about £33 before postage, or 43 of your finest USDs to those not lucky enough to come from Isle of rain and misery. And the project is currently listed with a September 2019 delivery, meaning you could be using the pad by the end of the year if all goes to plan.

The Kickstarter details lots of the technical side of the teams work for those interested in knowing more, including how they struggled to find any form of compatible components that already exist anywhere. So the cost of the product is covering the R&D of the controller boards and VMU compatibility, that the team themselves have had to completely design. The page also has some demos of the boards actually controlling a bit of Powerstone for those that might like to see the actuality of the product before throwing your money down.

Check the kickstarter out here  and let us know in the comments if you've backed, or what your thoughts are.


  1. Thanks for posting this. I just went and backed it for 4 controllers.

  2. Nice! Is there a bundle deal for that? I noticed there was one for 8 controllers but imagine that level is probably more aimed at retailers.

  3. Im thinking of getting 4 pcs :) i would like it to have an additional analog but guess you cant have it all

  4. I very much prefer the original design lmfao...