The NES Advantage is an arcade joystick style controller for the NES. It was created by Nintendo and released in 1987. 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.
- 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.
- The slow feature doesn't work on a lot of games, and only work for player 1.
- 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.
- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NES_Advantage - Wikipedia.