Here’s a quick and simple repair for those of you that find your Turbografx 16 or PCEngine controllers to be worn out or too stiff.
I have found over the last while that the d-pads and buttons are extraordinarily stiff on most TG16 controllers I’ve used. I’ve had a NES controller like that too. They become really painful on the thumbs after playing for a few minutes. I’m not sure if this is the same with all TG16 controllers, or I’ve just got unlucky with stiff ones.
Turns out the NES silicone pads fit almost perfectly into the TG16 controllers, so you can swap some official NES ones in, or if you don’t feel like modifying authentic NES pads, just pick some up cheap replacements on eBay.
I bought some for $1 a set, with free shipping.
The TG16 dpad silicone is split into two pieces from the factory, but is almost exactly the same as the NES one.