Unorthodox Controllers

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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…


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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Top 3 Video Game Locations


One of the best parts of playing video games are all the fantastical worlds you can visit (assuming, of course, they are settings that you’d want to visit). If Rachel and I had the time and money to go jetting off to a video game world, there are a few places we’d like to visit.

Hyrule. I mean, is that even a question? Hyrule would definitely be my top choice. I know that’s an obvious one, so I thought of something else: Kurain Village. Kurain Village is from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney and that’s where the Spirit Mediums, like Maya Fey, train. Despite its crime rate, I think it would be a beautiful place to check out.

More specifically for Hyrule, I would love to visit Kakariko Village. Any incarnation of the location, really, for they each seem to be rich in history and a central location for many of Hyrule’s races to gather and interact with one another. Kurain Village is an awesome choice! It’d be another place ripe with history and lore. I think my second choice, though, would be the Pokemon League. Although any incarnation would be awesome, I believe Kalos was my favorite.

Pokemon was going to be my next one as well. I would love to visit any region, but Sinnoh would be my first choice, then Alola, then Kalos. My third choice (though technically this is my fourth…) would be Mushroom Kingdom, specifically Toad Town from Paper Mario. I love that whole world from the other Nintendo 64 Paper Mario.

Toad Town would be adorable! I can picture them as being very friendly and welcoming… Until, of course, Bowser or some other villain inevitably shows up in an attempt to kidnap Princess Peach. My third choice would probably be a kingdom in the Fire Emblem franchise, particularly Ylisse from Awakening or Tellius from the Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn games. Of course, I would prefer to visit them after the wars…

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That’s the thing about visiting these places… There’s a bad guy lurking around and I don’t want to be part of it. Let’s be real here, I wouldn’t last a day.

Ah, well, maybe we can visit during the peaceful times, haha! Yet, even if we only had a day to explore these brilliant places, it would be wonderful.

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Imagine if these were real places. How cool would that be?

What are your favorite video game locations? Let us know in the comments below!

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