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Best Raspberry Pi controller

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The Raspberry Pi makes a great retro gaming console with several different custom-built operating systems designed to get your game on. And they're quite a few different controllers to choose from, so the decision can be rather rough. But to find a good controller, here's where you start looking for one!

Comfortable and durable

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8Bitdo SN30 USB gamepad

Staff pick

This SNES styled controller is built tough and is comfortable enough to play with all night. It also has an extra-long cable so you can lean back a bit. Plus, it not only works with your Raspberry Pi, but it can be connected to your Windows PC or Nintendo Switch (with the right software version). 

Double your fun

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iNEXXT 2-Pack USB retro controllers

Six month replacement warranty means you can trust these controllers

Gaming is better with a friend, and this two-pack of N64-styled controllers is perfect for some good old-fashioned hang out time. These controllers support Raspberry Pi out of the box and work with an array of different emulators and apps for Pi. iNEXXT also offers a six-month replacement warranty in the event a controller is faulty. 

For Bluetooth lovers

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8Bitdo SF30 Pro wireless controller

Compatible with multiple operating systems

Was everything great about the original 8Bitdo Pro except the wire? We understand. If you want a Bluetooth controller, this is the one to buy. Along with compatibility with all types of operating systems, the SF30 Pro includes rumble vibration, motion controls and allows you to connect via the USB-C port on the top. 

Better grips

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8Bitdo SN30 pro+

Killer battery life

Take your favorite retro controller (pre-N64) and give it some better grips, and that's what you get with the SN30 Pro+. The controller features a 1,000mAh battery, along with including button mapping functionalities, and a six-axis gyro for motion controllers. In addition to offering a six-month satisfaction guarantee, 8Bitdo is providing controller stick covers, and a carrying case for your controller to help keep it protected. 

Use what you love

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8Bitdo Wireless controller adapter

Versatility is the name of the game

This USB dongle lets you use your wireless PlayStation or Xbox controller on the Raspberry Pi. And it even works with other non-traditional controllers like Nintendo's Wii controller and Switch Joy-Cons. It's great knowing exactly where the buttons are, and you don't need more controllers lying around.

Bottom line

As the saying goes, all work and no play kind of sucks. Building a neat retro game machine out of a cheap Raspberry Pi can add a little fun back into your life, but you'll need a controller. If you're serious about keeping a retro game box around, we suggest the 8Bitdo Pro wired controller. It's not quite the same as a SNES controller, but the buttons are close enough to make you feel comfortable, and it's going to last a long time.

And for those times you want to fire up the Raspberry Pi and play with a friend, then you'll need the iNEXXT 2-Pack USB Retro Controllers. These controllers are almost identical to the Nintendo 64 controller, but these are USB and work with your Raspberry Pi and other devices. Plus, you won't have to worry about downloading any special drivers, as you can just plug in a controller get started.