Looking at old Nintendo hardware makes me smile

We play for the games, that’s for sure. But it’s hard not to hold a soft spot for the last thing you see before escaping. 

Nintendo’s first foray into home gaming: The Game & Watch

The father of modern console gaming

It cut into your palms, but we didn’t care’we were having too much fun

To the max!

All the cool kids had this

Classic (as was the orange version)

The father of handheld gaming

An overlooked update to a classic (with better controller)

Hardcore gamers cut their teeth on this thing

This controller was the first to introduce button creep. With exception to six-button fighting games, it probably only needed two face buttons in addition to left and right bumpers.

The second and last console update from Nintendo

Up-and-coming gamers hold the N64 dear to their hearts

With exception to the innovative analog stick, the N64 controller wasn’t the most comfortable thing to hold

Worst console color ever. Most underrated Nintendo console ever.

My favorite modern joypad of all time

This little guy would revitalize and reinvigorate our love for sprite-based gaming

More hi-resolution hardware photos here (thanks, Evan)


  1. Ah, I enjoyed that trip down memory lane 🙂

    Personally, I loved the feel of the N64 pad. Some knock the “3 prongs” but it is still the only controller I’ve held that felt comfortable in “D-pad mode” AND “analogue stick mode”, whereas, most modern controllers make a sacrifice and favour one over the other.

  2. I just want to say having owned a NES, N64, GCN and Wii and played the SNES enough (got NES late in its life, skipped SNES generation) that I loved the N64 controller. I thought it handled great. I know I’m in the minority, but I think it’s about 100x better than the GCN controller. I mean the analog stick needed upgrading, but the layout to me was awesome.

    Just saying.

  3. I also love the N64 controller. I wish the N64 had more 2D games because the D-pad configuration is very nice on it. I also love moving your character with the C-buttons and looking around with the analog stick in first person shooters. It was great.

  4. My favorite console on this list is the GameCube. The N64 was an ex-TREMELY close runner-up. The controller layout was great!

  5. i’ll still never understand why people hate on the gamecube so much i mean come on, thousand year door metroid prime 1 and 2, wind waker, chibi robo, both the pikmin games. and thousands of other amazing nintendo games

  6. …the Gamecube with the GameBoy player attachment …playing Donkey Kong GB on the TV.. 🙂

  7. I was going to say “meh, whatever!” but after scrolling down, I did like it. Cool post.

  8. Ahhh yes. I miss the days when videogame systems looked like, well, videogame systems! The WII U looks like a boring external CD-ROM drive. Fun.

  9. Ah, gamecube + game boy player…

    The Cuboy is a hell of a system.

    What other console makes possible Advance Wars with a subwoofer?

  10. Also, Infendo, what are some quality co-op titles for the cube? And I’m not referring to GBA-connectivity titles. We already have some of those. Looking for some games where we can both get our hands on some gamecube pads.

  11. Ah, the NES Advantage Arcade Stick, such a great piece in my collection. Now I just need to track down a modded NES 2 with Stereo output…

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