After reading all the one star reviews of how these controllers are fakes and forgeries, I was very hesitant to purchase one. I lasted a few days before I began to fold. I just kept looking at the console sitting on my shelf without a controller to play it.
I began to not care if the controller I got wasn't genuine, I just wanted something I could play the system with. So I came on here to order one. I looked through all the sellers and noticed one that seemed surprisingly promising. It was $19.99 and was described as still factory sealed, so I bought it.
I'll be honest, I didn't expect to receive an original controller, but when I got the package I pulled out a box, still sealed, with a much more believable cover then the one on this amazon page.
Before taking the plastic off, I looked on the back, and what did it say? Copyright 1991 Nintendo of America Inc. and it had the "Official Nintendo Seal of Quality" on it.
So now I'm thinking, "Man, I paid $19 for this. Could I possibly sell it for upwards of $45/$50?" But my desire to play SNES outweighed the lure of the money.
I opened the box and out came a controller, all wrapped in plastic, and another plastic bag containing a usage manual, maintenance number, and a folded poster that says, "I TURNED INTO BOWSER'S WORST NIGHTMARE!" It also says PRINTED IN JAPAN on the bottom of it. I can't see any more since I have not opened the plastic bag.
After unwrapping the controller, I looked for some of the warning signs of it being non genuine. None were there.
The controller has the "Super Nintendo Entertainment System" logo on the front and on the back it says, MODEL NO. SNS-005, Rd. 1991 Nintendo, Made In Japan.
It has a good wight and feels very genuine.
It works perfectly with the system.
I'm not sure if I just got lucky, but make sure you read the descriptions of the products before purchasing.
It really helps.