first i tested out was ninja gaiden (NES), which seems dumb but the dpad was brought up as an issue and theres a lotta precise shit in that one. especially holding down mid jump to mash attack/animation cancel/spinslash cancel
got to 6-2 w out even dying p good for me. usually need at least a continue
then i tried some genesis games
those work as they should, but thats expected.
did pretty good at streets of rage 3 still never gonna 1cc it tho ;_;
which is bitchin hard imo. the double taps on dpad to dodge/run/blitz attack worked fantastic, and actually having 6 face buttons to pull off the extra special moves was based.
shinobi 3 was another one i tried where having the six button controller was awesome. idk if youre aware of it, as iirc theres like no mention of it being a thing, but theres a 6 button control mode that they implemented in that game which lets you perform a lot of different moves and some cool wallclimb glitches i saw some speedruntranny do once
. totally tore normal mode a new asshole after i got used to the extra controls. idk if i even died tbh. that stupid maze level at the end becomes fucking trivial if you learn how to do that wallclimb glitch
after that i wanted to test it out as a SNES controller since it has L and R buttons.
my choice was a super zero mission super metroid romhack thats p hard
as imo super metroid has the tightest and most complex controls in any SNES action game i can think of.
that… took some getting used to ngl. the genesis dpad is much more loose and inclined towards more diagonal/rolling type movement than the much stiffer SNES pad. and that initially made my wall jumps rather awkward. that romhack has a lot of super retarded wall jump parts, that are 100% required ie why i chose it to test out
to progress. all in all tho it wasnt bad after i got used to it a bit. and being able to map item cancel to a face button thats not retarded like select was a welcome change. this was the one time i felt that i wanted the L and R buttons to stick out a bit more, but ultimately im glad they arent like that as then you might accidentally hit them.
schizo rant but yeaaaaTL;DR
it works p good for the action games i play. obv works for fucking rpgs and puzzleshits too but i mean no fucking shit. biggest "downside" so far is some SNES games arent really made for sega dpads