Video game controllers have come a long way since the dial-operated monstrosity that came with the the Magnavox Odyssey 100, the first commercial video game console. In fact, you can hardly classify the Magnavox Odyssey 100’s dial-operated gizmo and the analog sticks that accompanied Ataris and ColecoVision consoles as video game controllers.
It wasn’t until Nintendo released the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1983 did we get the first taste of modern video game controllers. The design for the NES controller was borrowed largely from Nintendo’ s handheld Game & Watch series. Four directions, two buttons, it was a slice of brilliance.
Since that fateful year, Nintendo set the standard for input methods. It’s really quite amazing that the video game controller pioneered by Nintendo has stood the test of time.
The video below by MetaTaylor documents the evolution of video game controllers starting from 1985 and going on to show off the latest peripherals. It’s one hell of a journey to see just how far we’ve come from Nintendo’s quietly revolutionary design.
See how the video game controllers from your pas helped innovate games in their day and how their legacies continue to shape gaming today below.
One question that I was hoping would be answered but unfortunately was not is: why does the N64 controller appear to be designed for people with three hands? It’s always perplexed me. If you know the answer, please share it with us in the comments.
Which controllers have been your favourites throughout the years? Let us know which controller is your favourite in the comments below.