Â How to play with controllers
Tutorial â€“ Using USB Controllers
Presently, letsplaygba.com games can not interface directly with devices that plug in to your computer, such as USB controllers. In order to work around that limitation, third-party helper software can be used to allow letsplaygba.com and other games websites, to work with your USB controller.
Note:Â While you can use USB controllers in Mac OS and Linux, this tutorial does not cover those platforms.
Step 1: Getting Everything Ready
Assuming youâ€™ve already purchased a USB controller, go ahead and plug it in. If you have a device that accepts input from controllers for other systems, like the NES, SNES, PS1, PS2 or the Original XBOX, plug that in first, then plug in your controller. If youâ€™re using a PS3 or XBOX 360 controller or Wii Remote, additional steps are required for those devices to interace with your Windows PC, that is beyond the scope of this tutorial.
Step 2: Joy2Key Download & Configuration
To use USB Controllers with this website, youâ€™ll need to download a small, free program called Joy2Key, which can be foundÂ here. After youâ€™ve downloaded it, unzip the file, and run â€œJoy2Key.exeâ€.
Note:Â Some very new controllers may need to be placed in DirectInput mode. If Joy2Key doesnâ€™t see any controllers attached to your controller, ensure the input switch is set to â€œDâ€ and try again.
On the list to the left, youâ€™ll see several different types of controllers listed. Hopefully, youâ€™ll see a type listed that matches your controller. If you do, highlight it by click on the name. If nothing on the list matches what you are using, select â€œGeneric Profileâ€ for now.
Step 3: Testing Your Controller
Now that youâ€™ve completed Step 2, minimize Joy2Key. For testing out your configuration, go playÂ
Play Super Mario Advance 2 â€“ Super Mario World Online. You should be able to start the game using the appropriate button, and from there, it really should start to feel natural. Because each controller is different, we canâ€™t really go through which button is which here â€“ look at the configuration window in Joy2Key if you have questions about that.
Note:Â If you closed Joy2Key, it wonâ€™t do anything. Make sure itâ€™s running in the system tray!
If that test worked, you should be ready to go for playing games on letsplaygba.com and other games websites.
If your controller doesnâ€™t have numbers labled on the buttons:
In Windows XP, open the Control Panel, and click on Game Controllers.
In Windows Vista and Windows 7, open Devices and Printers, find your controller, right-click, select â€œGame Controller Settingsâ€ and click â€œPropertiesâ€.
This may take a few tries to get everything just right, but with a little perservearance, you should have everything working properly soon.