When Nintendo introduced its home console back in October of 1985, it ditched the traditional joystick controllers gamers had become accustomed to and replaced them with rectangular paddles with two action buttons and a directional pad. This plus-key input device sufficed for most games, but many complained that diagonal movement was somewhat cumbersome. Although a host of unlicensed joystick accessories are beginning to flood the marketplace, Nintendo has its own official joystick set to come out later this fall.
Debuting at the 1987 Summer CES, the NES Advantage is a heavy duty piece of kit that is sure to satisfy the hardcore gamers out there. It features a metal base and rubber feet to hold it securely in place. The two action buttons are big, much like those found on arcade machines. What really sets this stick apart are the bonus features: Turbo and Slow Motion. Above “A” and “B” are turbo buttons that can be turned on or off. Above those are two dials to regulate the intensity of the turbo feature. This works wonders in games where constant button presses are required to proceed. We anticipate many more high scores to be broken with this new joystick!
If the game your playing utilizes the START button to pause the game, you can utilize the Slow Motion feature. This pauses and unpauses the game many times a second, causing the game to slow down to a crawl, allowing you to easily avoid enemy fire. We anticipate this being useful in space shooters.
One other cool feature of this joystick is that it actually has two cord ends. This allows gamers to plug both player one and two into the NES so if the game allows for two-player alternating play, both players can use the same joystick.
The prototype version was shown off and still had the “Nintendo Advantage+” moniker, but we’re told that will change over to “NES Advantage” for the final retail version. These joysticks should begin showing up sometime in October of this year and have a suggested retail price of $49.95.