The Top 5 Nintendo Controllers You've Never Heard Of

Art Attack has been on an old school video game kick lately. It's not just the nostalgia of it, either. Back in the day video games were seen as an opportunity to throw any and all science at the wall and see what stuck. The whole industry might turn out to be a pet rock, anyway, why not have some fun and see what kind of ridiculous gimmicks you could come up with?

With that in mind we pay tribute to accessories that may the R.O.B. look completely normal by comparison.

ASCII Stick Super L5 One Handed Game Controller

We remember this way back from the pages of Nintendo Power. The ASCII Stick Super L5 One Handed Game Controller was only released in Japan for the Super Famicom, but was perfectly compatible with the SNES or even with the Wii via the SNES to Wii converter. Why would you want a one-handed controller?

Well, it was generally aimed at RPG players who might want to draw maps, take notes, or even do something simple like eat with the other hand. Anyone who has ever wanted to quietly read a book while level grinding can certainly see the use in it. It goes without saying that it work pretty well for someone who was short a limb as well, but Nintendo had an even better solution for those people.

Hands Free

You can't say that Nintendo doesn't have a heart, though we'd prefer them to prove it conclusively by having Samus shoot it with missiles. Not wanting quadriplegics to be left out of the fun, they developed the Hands Free controller for the NES. It wasn't sold in stores, but it was an easy order from the customer service line for $179 ($300 in today's dollars, but how many other presents can you buy a quadriplegic child that they can play at the same level as any other child?)

You used your tongue to move the D-pad, and fired the A and B buttons by sucking and blowing. The whole thing was designed to be worn as a vest, and look at that thing! Get your parents to paint it black and you've just become a better young Darth Vader that Jake Lloyd and Hayden Christensen combined.

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Jef Rouner (not cis, he/him) is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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