Thanks! I was actually in New York over the summer and got a chance to swing by one of the retroshops and was pretty impressed. Unfortunately, the Bay Area has a surprising dearth of vintage gaming stores.
Fascinating! I've owned and loved many of the consoles and controllers mentioned, so this was a fun trip down memory lane.
These days it's hard for me to imagine how anyone could have used the old Famicom-style controllers for any length of time without serious pain. I'm super grateful for modern ergonomic controllers. I had to give up mouse-heavy PC gaming years ago because it was causing wrist pain, but thanks to modern controllers I'm still able to enjoy console games.
I own both a PS4 and an Xbox One now, but when I buy a non-exclusive game I usually buy it for the Xbox, and the main reason is the controller: it's just slightly more comfortable for me than the PS4's.
Unfortunately, the Bay Area has a surprising dearth of vintage gaming stores.
If you haven't already, go checkout Level Up in downtown Santa Cruz!
This controller has given me so many memories. It was the first console controller that made me feel like I was playing something truly new and different.
I also really loved the GameCube controller. It's crazy that they remade a Nintendo Switch version for the Super Smash Bros. purists!