20 years later, the N64 will lastly get a usable controller


A gaggle of ingenious avid gamers took it upon themselves to enhance one of many worst online game controllers of all time. It is a sentiment that apparently many share, contemplating they funded their mission on Kickstarter in lower than a day.

Retro Fighters have reinvented the Nintendo 64 controller, engaging backers on Kickstarter with the prospect of having the ability to play some basic video games with a controller that really is sensible. On the time of reporting, the mission has obtained about $40,000 from backers — well beyond its $13,000 objective.

In case you are unsure what it’s the Retro Fighters N64 controller improves upon, simply take a fast look on the abomination that’s the unique N64 controller:

The unique Nintendo 64 controller.

Picture: Evan-Amos/Wikimedia

It’s possible you’ll discover that there are three hand grips. To your three palms, I suppose?

The above controller design was meant to ease avid gamers from the usual directional pad (on the left) to the joystick (within the center), permitting folks to make use of whichever technique they most well-liked whereas taking part in video games.

In contrast to extra trendy controllers, gamers would simply be capable of use each the d-pad and the joystick on the N64 controller. However that concept hasn’t proved as helpful as the unique design supposed, and Retro Fighters wished to repair that. Not solely that, they vastly improved the notoriously unhealthy joystick with a greater grip and fewer janky becoming, made the hand grips extra ergonomic, and improved the triggers.

Picture: retro fighters/kickstarter

The Retro Fighters controller works with customary N64 rumble packs and reminiscence playing cards and plugs proper into the N64 console, they usually value $20 on Kickstarter.

Retro Fighters expects the controllers to ship to backers in November and are providing a number of shade choices after hitting $30,000 in funding.

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