Look Inside Some Classic Nintendo Controllers

Look Inside Some Classic Nintendo Controllers

This week, tech hardware site Fictiv sat down with a bunch of classic Nintendo controllers and...tore them apart, all in the same of science/entertainment.

Look Inside Some Classic Nintendo Controllers

The entertainment comes from regular folks just getting a good look at the inner workings of these iconic pads (they tore down the NES, SNES and N64 controllers). The science comes from Fictiv taking the time to explain each component and design process, like why the buttons can feel so good, and also why they have proven to be so durable.

Look Inside Some Classic Nintendo Controllers

My favourite part, though, is the examination of the N64's terrible joystick (above), which reveals it to be an incredibly advanced and "delicate" design for 1996. Below you can see an N64 controller autopsy.

Look Inside Some Classic Nintendo Controllers

You can see the full takedown here (via Go Nintendo).


Comments

    I wonder why they are so impressed with the joystick, what makes it remarkable. The PS1 released more than a year before the N64 and had 2 joysticks, so it's definitely not the novelty factor.

      The PS1 didn't launch with the DualShock controller, that came out in 1997.

      Edit: Also the Dual Analog Controller came out in '97 as well. Before then it was just the digital controller which only had a dpad.

      Last edited 21/11/15 10:38 am

        Ah thanks! I didn't remember that. So even back there Sony was copying and improving on what Nintendo did.

          Haha yeah, they announced the dual analog controller in '96 but didn't release them till mid way through '97

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