OK, it’s not quite playing Dark Souls with a drum set, but I’m more than happy to give kudos to Perth-based streamer PeekingBoo and his impressive attempt to control Splatoon 2 using an actual DDR arcade machine. And not just with one pad, but two.
Unfortunately, even with both pads in action, PeekingBoo has to deal with a number of limitations when controlling the character, as explained to us via email:
…I can’t move backward, I can’t strafe left or right, I have to commit to every movement I make and rely on slow-turning tank controls to bail me out of deadly situations.
In order to perform a squid jump (longer than a regular jump and mandatory for most challenges), I need to squat down holding 2 buttons with my feet while using my hand to reach across to a third button to perform the action such as during this boss fight.
If you’re wondering how PeekingBoo managed to hook the machine up to his Switch, here’s a handy diagram:
Is it a practical way to play the game? Heck no. But if you happen to have a DDR arcade machine gathering dust somewhere, this has to be one of the more creative ways of putting it to use.