Bliss-Box: 4-Play (Part 2)

Bliss-Box: 4-Play (Part 2)
My previous post was about how great is to have the Bliss-Box 4-Play multi adapter for your retro games. For this post I will talk about how to troubleshoot your adapter. When I first receive the item, I wanted to see if I can upgrade the firmware, just to see how easy is to upgrade to newer features. The first problem was that the adapter could not communicate with my laptop on USB 3.0 port, so I move it to a USB 2.0 port. Success! The second problem was that HIDBootFlash would not work with my Windows 10 64-bit laptop. I don't remember what was the default firmware, but I knew it was not the newer 1.56.1 that had support for retro pi. Instead of wasting Continue reading

NES-004 vs CLV-002 controller

NES-004 vs CLV-002 controller
The image above is a circuit board for the 2017 NES mini controller which cost me like $10 and image below is the original controller NES-004 circuit board from the late 80's. As you can tell from both pictures, they look a bit different. I just want to show the little differences of both controllers, so if you want to know a bit from 20016 vs this one from 1985, then please read on. First, the original NES-004 is a bit heavier, because the cord is like 91.5 inches (7 foot or in metric, like 234 centimeters) and the NES mini controller is about 30 inches (2.5 feet or 76 cm). You can't interchange the cords with each other. The mini controller uses the Continue reading

Bliss-Box: 4-Play (Part 1)

So what do you get for $130 video game controller adapter to USB? well.. 2x Nintendo Entertainment System Cables 2x Super Nintendo Entertainment System Cables 2x Nintendo 64 Cables 4x Nintendo GameCube Cables 2x Retro DB9 Cables 2x Sega Dreamcast Cables 2x Sega Saturn Cables 2x Sony PlayStation/PlayStation 2 Cables Bought this adapter at eBay fro like $133. It's not cheap, but I was looking for an adapter that did everything and one criteria was that it needed rumble support for the N64 controller. Also, if possible, to read the N64 memory pak. The rumble works for the 4-play adapter, but the memory pak reading is not supported. Before I go any further, I Continue reading

Hyperkin Controller Adapter for SNES to SNES Classic Edition/ Wii U/ Wii

Hyperkin Controller Adapter for SNES to SNES Classic Edition/ Wii U/ Wii
I like video games, but I prefer to use console controllers when it comes to gaming. One thing that I always go back is the old consoles such as SNES and N64 to relive those days. However, I don't have my old consoles and the only way to play these games is by emulation. So I have have an emulator in my pc and in my Wii console. My best experience is playing the NES, SNES, and the N64 is by playing them in my Wii and using the Homebrew software. So today I am reviewing this cool adapter: the Hyperkin Controller Adapter for SNES ASIN# B075RMYMNH. Ok, first this adapter only works on wiimotes and the SNES classic. Second, it works only on generic and official Continue reading

Sprite vs Sprites

Sprite vs Sprites
When Nintendo introduce NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) in 1983, many video programmers had to find ways to animate an object in the screen with sprites. For example, the NES game Mega Man has a character that opens his mouth when he jumps. Another game in for the NES was Little Samson that had gorgeous graphics that had huge enemies: a giant detailed crab that Samson had to fight. Nevertheless, today we have games that rely on 3d wire models and there are very few games that require sprites. So is learning to draw or build sprites in games is dead? NO! Even today's games have some sprites elements and not necessarily look like games made in the 80’s. Continue reading

Oh GAWD, please don't buy this adapter

Oh GAWD, please don't buy this adapter
This is not the best Wii adapter. Actually, it's the worst adapter for the Wii that probably never got a quality testing done properly. I present you one of my worst purchases I did in 2017. When I plug this in on my Wii console and wanted to use my SNES and NES (スーパーファミコン & ファミリーコンピュータ) controllers on classic games, I notice a big lag (a period of time between pressing the button and movement) and felt that I had a defective unit. Nope, turns out that many users who purchase the Komodo Adapter also have the big lag inputs. Well, there goes $10 down the drain. But why does amazon have a hate-love relationship? it Continue reading