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Limited edition Zelda 3DS & Earthbound labels for… NES controllers? ⊟

This is weird but neat (a common theme for our site): that gold/black design Nintendo used for its limited edition Zelda 3DS and Wii U systems can now be purchased as a skin for an NES controller. There’s also a Mother/Earthbound design — red buttons/pad presumably not included!

GamerGrafx says the peel and stick decals are “precision cut to the exact dimensions of the original NES controller” and feature “a weatherproof glodd polyester material.” The labels are $9.99 each.

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A Wii U GamePad made out of cardboard! Nintendo and Hatena made this cute mock-up, which even features grips in the back and a slot to insert different “screens,” just to get an early idea of how the tablet would feel and look as they designed different services for the Wii U.

It’s a lot like that cute cardboard 3DS someone made while waiting for Nintendo to debut the real thing!

Pass the break, two videos of the GamePad showing off how you can move some Wii U games from your TV to the tablet, and also how you can take a break from playing to post messages/screenshots onto Miiverse, browse the internet, find stuff to watch on your TV, etc.

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Good news! If you want that third-party Wii U Pro Controller with a Super Famicom controller shape in the middle, you can totally get it in the US, from Amazon. There’s even a version with the American-style SNES button colors, and plain White/Black ones, too.

There’s also a gold “limited edition” version, which is so much more desirable than the regular editions, which aren’t golden, I guess.

Update: It’s possible these aren’t actually compatible with the Pro Controller? As pointed out in a GoNintendo post (and on these here boxes) it says these are a combination of Wiimote and Classic Controller, which sounds great… but isn’t what a Wii U Pro Controller does. HMMMMMMMMMM.

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"The Wii U Pro Controller looks like it has an SNES gamepad crammed in the middle of it, so why not release a version highlighting that to reel in retro fans?" That’s what some unnamed company asked, producing this concept shot and selling the controller via EB Games Australia.
The answers to that question, if it’s not evident in the image, is “Because that controller would look like butt.”
Preorder: Wii U stuffSee also: More Wii U news, media[Via IGN]

"The Wii U Pro Controller looks like it has an SNES gamepad crammed in the middle of it, so why not release a version highlighting that to reel in retro fans?" That’s what some unnamed company asked, producing this concept shot and selling the controller via EB Games Australia.

The answers to that question, if it’s not evident in the image, is “Because that controller would look like butt.”

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[Via IGN]
Nintendo World Championships 1990 controller. The cartridges from Nintendo’s touring competitions are well-known collectibles, but did you know Nintendo had specially decorated controllers for the event as well? (I didn’t!)
Nintendo Age forum member vicviper573 was an NWC winner, and acquired this controller from the crew as they were packing up. He’s now deciding whether to sell it on eBay or to someone else on the forum.
I’m no eccentric billionaire, so rather than dropping cash for a spectacularly rare, but functionally ordinary, NES controller, I’m just going to gawk at it.
See also: More NES stuff, more auctions
[Via GameSniped]

Nintendo World Championships 1990 controller. The cartridges from Nintendo’s touring competitions are well-known collectibles, but did you know Nintendo had specially decorated controllers for the event as well? (I didn’t!)

Nintendo Age forum member vicviper573 was an NWC winner, and acquired this controller from the crew as they were packing up. He’s now deciding whether to sell it on eBay or to someone else on the forum.

I’m no eccentric billionaire, so rather than dropping cash for a spectacularly rare, but functionally ordinary, NES controller, I’m just going to gawk at it.

See also: More NES stuff, more auctions

[Via GameSniped]

Long before the Xbox 360’s controller-free Kinect, there was… U-Force! If you wonder exactly who was excited about the crazy hands-free controller, which resembles nothing more than half a Battleship game, here’s your answer: Boys’ Life magazine, the official publication of the Boy Scouts of America.
Jeff Csatari wrote up a CES demo of the device for the May 1989 issue (read it here!), comparing it to wireless controllers by Acclaim and Beeshu that “still need to be held by hand.” Although, despite the excited tone of the piece, Csatari notes that the kid who demonstrated the controller completely failed to defeat Glass Joe in Punch-Out!!, a sign of the controller’s impending lameness.
Speaking of trade-show demos of questionable game technology, this is probably the last time I’ll get to write about random old junk before I fly off to E3 and see motion controls and 3D stuff nonstop, for Joystiq. Eric will be holding it down here, covering the stuff that freaking everyone else in the world isn’t talking about (and probably some that they will be!).

Long before the Xbox 360’s controller-free Kinect, there was… U-Force! If you wonder exactly who was excited about the crazy hands-free controller, which resembles nothing more than half a Battleship game, here’s your answer: Boys’ Life magazine, the official publication of the Boy Scouts of America.

Jeff Csatari wrote up a CES demo of the device for the May 1989 issue (read it here!), comparing it to wireless controllers by Acclaim and Beeshu that “still need to be held by hand.” Although, despite the excited tone of the piece, Csatari notes that the kid who demonstrated the controller completely failed to defeat Glass Joe in Punch-Out!!, a sign of the controller’s impending lameness.

Speaking of trade-show demos of questionable game technology, this is probably the last time I’ll get to write about random old junk before I fly off to E3 and see motion controls and 3D stuff nonstop, for Joystiq. Eric will be holding it down here, covering the stuff that freaking everyone else in the world isn’t talking about (and probably some that they will be!).

Rapid Shot Wii submachine gun controller by Innex. I know the “Mature gamers only” marketing for this thing is asinine, but it’s kind of a neat accessory, and not just because it’s modeled after a Heckler & Koch’s MP5.
If you look closely, you’ll see the Wii Remote, Nunchuk, and Wii Motion Plus are actually built into the controller — hopefully Innex made sure the button placement is intuitive. The speaker and rumble are built-in, too, and the detachable clip even holds the controller’s batteries!
This still isn’t as rad as Pega’s Shark zapper accessory, which has trigger that makes it look like you’re squeezing a Shark’s dick whenever you want to let off a shot.
[Note: If you desperately want a Rapid  Shot so you can act out scenes from Die Hard in your living room but don’t have the patience to wait a couple weeks for Innex to debut it to the public, here are  directions for creating your own MP5 Wii controller.]
See also: Rayman Raving Rabbids Wii Plunger Gun

Rapid Shot Wii submachine gun controller by Innex. I know the “Mature gamers only” marketing for this thing is asinine, but it’s kind of a neat accessory, and not just because it’s modeled after a Heckler & Koch’s MP5.

If you look closely, you’ll see the Wii Remote, Nunchuk, and Wii Motion Plus are actually built into the controller — hopefully Innex made sure the button placement is intuitive. The speaker and rumble are built-in, too, and the detachable clip even holds the controller’s batteries!

This still isn’t as rad as Pega’s Shark zapper accessory, which has trigger that makes it look like you’re squeezing a Shark’s dick whenever you want to let off a shot.

[Note: If you desperately want a Rapid Shot so you can act out scenes from Die Hard in your living room but don’t have the patience to wait a couple weeks for Innex to debut it to the public, here are directions for creating your own MP5 Wii controller.]

See also: Rayman Raving Rabbids Wii Plunger Gun

Optec’s SS Pro Commander for Saturn. What a magnificently awkward controller — like Bandai’s Super Controller II, but somehow less attractive. It has a screen and a set of buttons used for programming button combinations, and a seventh gameplay button that, I believe, can be set to launch specific recordings. Also, it sticks out of the controller in an entertainingly slapdash manner. With as ergonomic and design-y as controllers are most of the time (look at the Wiimote, for example) I can’t help but love this thing.
NCSX is selling boxed SS Pro Commanders for $25.90, including the optional memory card. Yes, it has its own memory card. 
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Optec’s SS Pro Commander for Saturn. What a magnificently awkward controller — like Bandai’s Super Controller II, but somehow less attractive. It has a screen and a set of buttons used for programming button combinations, and a seventh gameplay button that, I believe, can be set to launch specific recordings. Also, it sticks out of the controller in an entertainingly slapdash manner. With as ergonomic and design-y as controllers are most of the time (look at the Wiimote, for example) I can’t help but love this thing.

NCSX is selling boxed SS Pro Commanders for $25.90, including the optional memory card. Yes, it has its own memory card. 

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Dragon Quest Battle Road Victory controller mock-up. Hori  intends to produce this massive and ridiculous controller just for the upcoming Wii adaptation of  Japanese arcade game Dragon Quest Monsters Battle Road II Legend. The design apparently mimics the control panel of the arcade control panel, right down to letting you push down the sword to execute a special finishing attack.
How rad would it be to use one of these for a two-player Smash Bros. match or just to play some Tetris on Virtual Console? If you get angry over your opponent repeatedly winning, you can grab the controller by the hilt, wield it as an awkward sword, smash your friend across the face with it, and be featured on dozens of gaming blogs after you’re arrested for assault and battery.
It’s an expensive plan, though — the tentative price for this unique controller is ¥12,800, or $137; that’s before what you’ll spend on shipping for this likely heavy thing.
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[Via Vjump, Andriasang]

Dragon Quest Battle Road Victory controller mock-up. Hori  intends to produce this massive and ridiculous controller just for the upcoming Wii adaptation of  Japanese arcade game Dragon Quest Monsters Battle Road II Legend. The design apparently mimics the control panel of the arcade control panel, right down to letting you push down the sword to execute a special finishing attack.

How rad would it be to use one of these for a two-player Smash Bros. match or just to play some Tetris on Virtual Console? If you get angry over your opponent repeatedly winning, you can grab the controller by the hilt, wield it as an awkward sword, smash your friend across the face with it, and be featured on dozens of gaming blogs after you’re arrested for assault and battery.

It’s an expensive plan, though — the tentative price for this unique controller is ¥12,800, or $137; that’s before what you’ll spend on shipping for this likely heavy thing.

Buy: Dragon Quest games (they’re good!)

See also: More strange controllers

[Via Vjump, Andriasang]

If our post about Bandai’s Mega controller for the NES a year ago left you longing to have one of your own, you’re in luck! NCSX has the Japanese version of the pad, the Super Controller II for Famicom, available for sale and in original, unopened packaging for $22.90!

Of course, the pad will only work with the Famicom and not the NES, but how can you pass on these features?: turbo buttons, the ability to lock the A/B buttons and directional pad, an Arsenal mode for limiting the amount of times you can push a button, a timer to freeze the game, a memory function for storing password sequences, two built-in games played through the LED screen, and more.

How does NCSX keep finding new and factory-boxed versions of decades old accessories and controllers?

Perhaps the import shop employs a clandestine acquisition team that breaks into abandoned Japanese factories to retrieve these goods? Or maybe it pays hobos to walk up and down the California coast to see what junk washes in from freighters lost at sea. My guess is that NCSX’s CEO, while excavating an ancient Hori temple years ago, found a mystical arcade stick that allows him to go back in time and place orders for obscure controllers.

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Mallet Legend controller for Genesis by Realtec. This nine-button controller was designed for the unlicensed game Mallet Legend’s Whac-a-Critter. The game is abundant enough on eBay, but the controller is decidedly not, which is why eBay seller cmskls is charging five hundred damn dollars for this one.

It kind of looks like both the princess and the hero on the box are embarrassed that he’s brought a mallet. “You couldn’t find a sword or something?” Or perhaps that his battle uniform consists of a polo shirt and shorts with a cape thrown on.

The bear is just sleepy.

[Via GameSniped]