Controllers

USB-enabled NES controllers will turn you into a bigger pirate and open your eyes to great homebrew games

Computer emulators and ROM games are fun for about 10 seconds. After that, you realize how sucky they are without official controllers. Enter Infinite NES Lives, a one man shop that hacks console controllers to work with USB and/or Wii. Other DIY methods and USB vendors exist, but Paul Molloy from Infinite NES prides himself on only using original controllers. The result? So good, you’ll l...

What 2D games, if any, are better with an analog stick?

As part 2 of my new 2D console concept, I wonder if any 2D games benefit from an analog stick. Know of any? Seems to me like d-pads are almost always the way to go when controlling 2D games. Am I wrong?

Wii U controller: Let me see if I understand this correctly

In addition to overall gut reactions and the console itself, here’s what I think Nintendo is trying to convey with their new controller: Since it has no processor, it’s not a true tablet. Rather just a dummy screen that streams information to and from the console. Translation: This will help Nintendo keep costs down. That said, I don’t believe Nintendo wants or expects people to ...

Wall Street Journal of Japan confirms 6-inch Project Cafe controller screen

Here’s the news in Japanese. In summary, the paper confirms the controller will feature a 6-inch “tablet-like” screen for controlling games. Camera and built-in battery also reported. The paper says the system will arrive by the middle of next year. I’m gonna hold my thoughts until I actually see this thing.

FlingSmash is the new Wii Play (with a meatier game)

After selling an unthinkable 28 million copies of Wii Play, Nintendo is ready to refresh the controller bonus game idea with the release of FlingSmash on Sunday. You already know about the bundled Wii Remote with “Motion Plus inside.” As for the included game, it’s like a side-scrolling Brickbreaker plus racquetball with a dash of pinball. It’s definitely more lasting than ...

Wii Remote Plus comparison pics

The Wii Remote Plus launches this Sunday, at least as a $50 bundle with FlingSmash. Interestingly, the Remote Plus is identical in weight to the original controller. But it is MotionPlus ready — a nice little touch for the five of you who play a lot of Motion Plus-enabled games. The only real difference is the new controller is labeled as such and appears to have more green circuity boards (see ...

Man makes NES rumble controller

It doesn’t always rumble when you’d expect it to, given the NES’s limited control cycles. But it rumbles! (via Joystiq)

Completely unsurprising Wiimote with MotionPlus built in outed by GameStop

Wow! What a shock! GameStop, as they are wont to do with new products and kit, has inadvertently outed an all-in-one Wiimote/MotionPlus combo controller with their listing for the sure-fire sleeper hit of the holiday season, FlingSmash. Looks like the new controller is going to be bundled in with this game (and probably many others) sometime in early November. And, since it’s going to inevit...

Could this be the minimalist gamepad of the future?

As influential as the Wii has been, the gamepad isn’t going anywhere. Heck, even Nintendo’s latest Wii game likes opposable thumbs more than it does motion control.

Did Wii kill the joypad?

By the end of the year, both Xbox 360 and PS3 will have added motion controllers to their lineups. In case you’ve forgotten, they’re the only consoles left using joypads as a primary input device, leaving many to wonder: Is this is the end of the thumb pad—you know, the one Nintendo invented? “Not exactly,” was the general answer I came up with, in a report published this...

Now you’re playing with power: Classic Controller Pro now available in U.S.

Today Nintendo of America launches a new game controller for its popular Wii system. Previously sold only in Japan, the Classic Controller Pro accessory is now available in the United States. It offers a fun new way for all kinds of Wii users to experience their favorite games. The Classic Controller Pro is available in black or white and carries a suggested retail price of $19.99. Featuring two r...

Remember the NES Advantage?

I do. My neighborhood friend Greg swore by it. But I never cared for the thing. Yes, NES controllers cut into your palms after 30 minutes of play, but they were way more precise than the ‘shtick. Did you own an NES Advantage? If so, did you really prefer it to the joypad?