NES Controller

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The original NES controller.

The NES Controller is a video game controller and the original gamepad controller for the NES. It was created by Nintendo and released on 1985-10-18 along with the American release of the NES. It features a 4-directional D-pad, two action buttons labeled B and A, and two function buttons labeled start and select. The controller was modeled off the original Famicom Controller, only, unlike the Famicom, there wasn't a controller with a microphone.

Since my brother and I bought an NES Action Set, it came with two NES controllers, and we logged many hours on them.



  • The controllers are particularly rugged. Many of the ones manufactured in 1985 are still in good working condition to this day.
  • This is based off the Famicom controller which is video game pioneer of the gamepad layout, but is also an improvement since it's removable from the control deck.
  • The color and design is quite aesthetically pleasing.


  • The shape isn't very comfortable. The edges aren't rounded very well and they have sharp corners.
  • While the controller is a decent size for children, it's a bit on the small side for adult hands.
  • Realistically, there is not need for the select button. It should have been eliminated and a C button added.
  • I don't like that the letter buttons are labeled backwards (B and A rather than A and B). I'm presuming this was done because they didn't want to alter the Famicom layout, and they are backwards there because Japanese is read right to left, but then, why use English letters in the first place?


  • Nothing.