Take a look at this:
This is actually a real and fully functional joystick for the NES! It was kind of the complete opposite of what I was expecting though. I had it mixed up with a joystick-like device that was released for the SNES a few years later. It looked like this:
As you can see, the SNES joystick is quite a bit larger and has more of a arcade style feel to it.
The NES joystick, better known as the QuickJoy, doesn’t actually offer any new movement features. No analog control or something like that. It moves just like the d-pad on the original controller does, with the only exception being the stick on top of it. It does feature an auto-fire function though, but I haven’t actually tried that.
It’s quite good fun to play with this thing instead of the standard rectangle NES controller, but playing Super Mario Bros. with this thing is nearly impossible. A game that is very well playable with the QuickJoy is Slalom and I bet that there are a lot more games that are very well playable with the QuickJoy. One of those games would be this little game where you control a penguin sliding over the ice trying the reach the other side without getting hit by the obstacles and while picking up powerups, but I forgot that game’s title.
I got the QuickJoy for a mere €5,00 from gamesgarage, not too much for a controller that I had never seen before in my life, which is also the main reason for the mixup with the SNES joystick. If I ever get a SNES (which I undoubtly will) I definitly want one of those as well!
Another interesting thing I found while I searched for the SNES joystick on google was this:
This is a device that converts the SNES controller port to plain old USB which will allow you to connect any SNES controller to your PC or MAC. Unfortunatly the webshop where I found this one does no longer sell it… Bollox…
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