Unorthodox Controllers

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

I love the idea of custom set-ups for computers and video game consoles. Some people are creative enough to have really unique set-ups for the way they play video games…

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One of the most exciting announcements for fans of the Super Smash Bros. franchise was that Nintendo would be making a GameCube controller adapter for the Nintendo Switch so those really into the competitive scene can play Ultimate with their favorite controller.

Then there’s this guy who rigged up a bunch of bananas to use as the controller.

Fittingly, he was playing as Donkey Kong and explained, in layman’s terms, that he connected the bananas into a tool — called Makey Makey — that turns basically anything into a keyboard input. In this case, tapping the bananas were the keys. That was then hooked up to an input converter so the keyboard actions could mimic Nintendo Switch keys enabling the game would recognize the actions.

This streamer’s name is Louis and he’s pretty known for using unorthodox controllers. Taking a glance at his past Twitch broadcasts and YouTube videos, he’s also rigged up Donkey Konga controllers for Smash Ultimate, a dance pad for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5, and a Guitar Hero controller for Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

I’ve always been a sucker for this kind of tech stuff and I’m actually interested enough in Makey Makey to look into it more. Who knows, maybe we’ll make avocados into controllers for something one day!

Have you ever used unorthodox controllers for a game?

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ZD T Wired Gaming Controllers

Double Jump Kris MiiWhile Rachel and I grew up playing mostly Nintendo games, we have grown to try out games from all sorts of developers and on different platforms. In particular, I am exploring more PC games whenever I want to take a break from the Nintendo Switch or 3DS. While a keyboard and mouse work just fine for PC games, I definitely wanted to get a nice PC controller.

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Rachel and I are trying out more PC games, but we’ve grown up with consoles and controllers in our hands. After hunting around for a bit, we found the ZD T gaming controllers for PC, Android, and the PlayStation 3. We were only interested in the PC aspect of the controller so we could have a more comfortable time playing our Steam games.

We recently tried out the controllers for the first time while playing Death Road to Canada. The handles fit comfortably in our hands with us able to reach the buttons we needed with ease. There were plenty of buttons to fully customize the controls for the game, with the controller having the familiar template with the A, B, Y, and X buttons.

I was really pleased with the way the controller handled and it was a blast playing Death Road to Canada with Rachel with them! We were a little hesitant with using wired controllers, as wireless seems to be the way to go nowadays, but the wires were nice and long, allowing us to play easily on the couch after hooking up the laptop to our television. The controllers were able to be used as soon as we plugged them into the laptop — after the drivers were found and installed by the laptop, the controllers worked wonderfully!

I’m looking forward to using the controller on plenty of other Steam and PC games!

Do you have a PC or other gaming controller that you like using? What’s the brand?

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Switch Week: Controls

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Judging by the presentation, the controllers — affectionately called Joy-Con — were probably Nintendo’s favorite aspect about their new hybrid console. So much time was spent on showing off the two Joy-Con and, in my opinion, for good reason. They definitely are slick pieces of hardware for a new console.

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I agree, the Joy-Cons look pretty cool. I love that they attach to the console itself. It really shows that the controllers are one with the console, they work as a team, you can’t have one without the other. But let’s talk about the name for a moment… I understand why they’re called Joy-Cons, as they explained in the presentation that they’re supposed to spread the joy, but when they first announced they were called Joy-Con, I was a bit taken aback. Why not just call them controllers? Or a synonym for switch? Not a big deal, of course, but that was my first impression of them when they first showcased the controllers.

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They’re just going to be called controllers in this house, haha! My first impression was how small they seemed, but considering how small we are, they’ll probably fit just fine in our hands. The design of the controllers seem nice, with all the standard buttons, and it’ll definitely be interesting to test out the motion controls on them. Rather, it’ll be nice not to have a clunky Motion Control Plus stuck on the end of them. They seemed pretty precise in the demo of the Arms game as well.

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The console and controllers are so small, I know. I think it’s weird how small they are, especially since it can do so much, but it’s nice at the same time. The controllers will definitely fit nicely in our hands and the buttons will be easy access for certain games. It will definitely be nice that the motion controls are in the Joy-Con and I especially love that the wrist straps can be detachable. I always used them on the Wii because they were there, but now the straps won’t get in the way of gameplay if you don’t wear them.

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Yes, the wrist straps were a bit annoying if they weren’t needed, so being detachable is nice. I think the biggest downside to the Joy-Con will be the price for additional controllers if they are needed. While the Switch trailer shows many happy gamers bringing along their own consoles and connecting all of them, Rachel and I don’t have too many local friends who will spring $300-plus on gaming consoles. They’ll happily play casually with us when they’re visiting, but to pay the money for the extra Joy-Con? It’ll be a sad day for our wallets.

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We have one friend and her boyfriend who will probably buy one together, but then her brother would be left out… It’s nice for the two of us to play together, but of course our cousins are over a lot and it’d be fun to play with them all together. No matter how we look at it, we’re going to need at least two sets of Joy-Con, four controllers.

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It wasn’t a question that we would get an extra set of Joy-Con, and maybe even a pro controller as well, just to see how it is and in case we’d like it better. It’s a shame of the price, but with how nice they seemed to have worked and with their designs, I’m sure they’ll end up being worth it.

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I think the price will be worth it, too. It will definitely be nice to have an extra set.

What do you think of the Joy-Con? Cool or no? Let us know in the comments below!

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