Nintendo Life - Hardware Review: N64 Hori Mini Pad

Nintendo Life - The original Nintendo 64 controller proved to be quite divisive as far as gamepads are concerned. With its peculiar three-pronged design – which was partly borne out of Nintendo’s fear that 3D gaming might not take off – camera buttons and novel Z-trigger, the controller was the perfect tool for fully experiencing most 3D games during the system’s heyday. Nevertheless, the D-Pad placement reduced the number of buttons available during play, or at least made it very awkward to use them. Some people just didn’t like the idea that for the majority of games, the left side of the pad remained completely unused. But most of all, the controller's joystick – while incredibly innovative for the time – was very susceptible to wear and tear and quickly became a considerable pain for regular players.

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