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* The slow feature doesn't work on a lot of games, and only work for player 1.
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* The slow feature only works for player 1, and doesn't work on a lot of games. Games that work must use the start button to pause the game (which excludes games like [[The Legend of Zelda]] and [[Mega Man 2]]), and cannot have delays involved in the pause process (which excludes games like [[Super Mario Bros.]]).
 
* Because the turbo buttons are adjustable, it's very difficult to get them in sync. This makes it very hard to perform actions which require the player to push both A and B at the same time.
 
* Because the turbo buttons are adjustable, it's very difficult to get them in sync. This makes it very hard to perform actions which require the player to push both A and B at the same time.
 
* The directional joystick isn't as clean as the standard controller's digital D-pad, and it makes it harder to control your player in many games.
 
* The directional joystick isn't as clean as the standard controller's digital D-pad, and it makes it harder to control your player in many games.

Revision as of 09:20, 31 July 2017

The NES Advantage.

The NES Advantage is an arcade joystick style controller for the NES. It was created by Nintendo and released in 1987 along side the NES Max. It uses a traditional joystick instead of a D-pad, has turbo buttons with adjustable rates, a slow button, and the ability to switch between either player's controller port.

My brother got a NES Advantage as a gift in the late 1980s. While I thought the controller was really cool looking, I didn't actually enjoy using it, and preferred a standard NES controller.

Review

Good

  • It looks pretty cool, has nice packaging, and is solidly built.
  • The slow button, when it works, is really useful.
  • Turbo buttons save a lot of wear and tear on your thumbs in games like Contra or Life Force, and it's nice that you can adjust the speed.
  • Having two plugs that allow you to switch between player 1 and 2 and the flip of a switch was a very convenient way to let players share the controller in hot-seat games.

Bad

  • The slow feature only works for player 1, and doesn't work on a lot of games. Games that work must use the start button to pause the game (which excludes games like The Legend of Zelda and Mega Man 2), and cannot have delays involved in the pause process (which excludes games like Super Mario Bros.).
  • Because the turbo buttons are adjustable, it's very difficult to get them in sync. This makes it very hard to perform actions which require the player to push both A and B at the same time.
  • The directional joystick isn't as clean as the standard controller's digital D-pad, and it makes it harder to control your player in many games.
  • The ball on the joystick screws off, and is easy to lose.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

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