Famicom World

More fun than without a controller!

The Family Computer came with two controllers — labeled, appropriately, Controller I and Controller II — attached to the back of the console itself by short black cords. It’s one of Famicom gaming’s inconveniences, not only because of how close gamers have to sit to the console to play it, but also because it’s easy to accidentally pull the cord too much, sending the Famicom violently spinning around.

But Nintendo Co., Ltd., wasn’t all that dumb with how they set up the Famicom. The company conveniently placed a controller port at the front of the Famicom, allowing third party developers to create their own attachments for the Famicom.

Here Famicom World presents controllers — fun and awkward.

They must not be playing <em>Relics</em>.
They must not be playing Relics.

Family Champ

Spital's Family Champ is a Famicom joystick. It's red, black and white, taking after the Famicom...and it's shaped like a Tootsie lollipop, only it doesn't taste as good.

ASCII Stick L5

As strange and yet appealing as the ASCII Stick L5 looks, if you try it once or twice, and maybe think a bit, you'll realize doesn't work all that well.


The Joyball is surprisingly easy to work with, even when playing a platformer like Super Mario Bros. 3. Of course, it's not as easy as the standard controller, but it's a great alternative.

Video Shooting Series Light Gun

Before the NES Zapper light gun, Nintendo released its first official video game light gun called the Video Shooting Series light gun, fashioned like an old West revolver.


Varie's Top-Rider comes with the yellow and blue inflatable bike, white handlebars, and the Top-Rider racing game, plus some pegs. It's great, if you don't accidentally pop it.

Exciting Boxing

Konami's Exciting Boxing was sold alone, but you could also buy the game packaged with a large inflatable boxer, who looked pissed off and ready to fight.