2 questions regarding analog digitizations.
First Why I need it.
There are enough games I’ve encountered where you must use the analog stick to move the character, even though it might be more optimal with a digital controller.
One is metal Slug Anthology for the Wii, which requires a GameCube controller, and ONLY uses the analog stick, (unless you want to use weird combinations of a Wiimote, Nunchuk and motion controls. The GC is the most arcade-like way to play that game.) But the throw is awful.
Also you need L stick and R stick afor Super Smash Bros, and they might be good with a digital stick… except a speed modifier button to switch between runs and walks have been declared illegal by various Smash tournaments. It’s probably the only Fighting Game (in a uniquely-Nintendo, E10 sort of way) where you’re handicapped using a digital controller.
Also N64 has Lots of games that won’t work with the D-Pad.
First Matthew Gummo has a unique solution for analog digitizations. I don’t understand it completely. He says he can do it, but he doesn’t offer a price, or a paypal address or a mailing address to mail my PS1 Dual Shock 1 to. (He does Dual Shock 1s and not Dual Shoc 2s because he says it’s easier to deal with Digital Buttons than Analog ones.)
He never told me to stop pestering him, but it’s pretty clear that I might have to look for an alternative, and I don’t want to get to the point of angering him. I know he’s busy setting up on-site fight-stick ambulances at big tournaments. So he probably has little time to do it.
I’ve heard some fight boards have automatic LS/RS/DP/L3/R3 conversions. If that’s the case, it would probably be easier for any fight stick modder to deal with this pre-made item than it is for them to do the highly specialized work of Matthew Gummo.
If I have converters from PS1/2 to the following control standards: Dreamcast, Xbox Prime, GameCube, Xbox 360, Wii/Wii U classic, PS3, and Xbox One, and can acquire one for the Saturn from Raphnet, and for systems before the Saturn, use hand wired pad hacks or retro community solutions, and still need something with an 8th button and analog digitizations for the Switch, what would be the best option?
Now comes the toughest part, The Nintendo 64. I was considering buying a special analog Smash Stick made by a Smash stick company, but I was also considering the Raphnet GameCube-> N64 adapter. Which is better?
I know for Killer Instinct Gold and Mortal Kombat Trilogy, digital would be better, but how many other games would digital be better than analog? Those 2 games use a D-Pad; does any game get helped a lot with an analog digitization, or is that a useful feature?
Also, I know the Raphnet GC->N64 adapter is only tested to work from Game Cube to N64. I don’t know how well that works with fight boards or PS1 Dual Shock 1s wired to the analogs? Do they work either way?