They destroyed the aesthetic aspect of it by not offering a matching option. Hori really dropped the ball here.
Look for some TurboPads to go up on eBay now that the 8bitdos are out. That said, I think these reissue pads are too stiff - both Dpads and buttons. I'm looking forward to my 8bitdo partly in the hope it plays better. :/
The only other USB pads that currently work are the Retro-Bit Sega controllers, and they require a button macro to go into a compatible mode. We're going to need a mod to open up the ports.
Makes me wonder.... do the new controllers match the old 1:1? if so, what would stop someone from swapping the white shell controllers with an original black one? May have to try this....
Nobody's confirmed this online except that the turbo switch mechanisms are apparently different. That alone would make me fear the pad wouldn't go back together correctly. Oh, yeah, and the USB cable is much thinner than the original TG controller cable.
Maybe you can be the first to try
The one thing I gathered from the one or two teardowns out there is that the contact membranes may at least be swappable.