The NES Max
was the first official Nintendo Entertainment System controller
to offer turbo buttons
. The Max was shaped a little
like a Playstation
conroller, but it didn't have a typical directional pad
. Instead, there was a little red disc for your thumb
that slid around in a circle. Nintendo
called this little invention a "cycloid
Evidently the thinking
was that it would be easier on the thumb
if you didn't have to lift
it or slide
it over the d-pad
. I only used the NES Max
on occasion and never really liked it. Others swear
that it's the best controller ever
of mine told me that there was no beating it for R.C. Proam
), but most admit that it takes some getting used to.
Below are exerpts from the instruction manual:
Congratulations on purchasing the new NES MAX, the best handheld joypad available for the NINTENDO ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM. It should allow you to get to higher levels, increase your scores, and improve game play.
- CYCLOID Works the same ways as the control pad on the NES game controllers. Push down lightly while moving
the CYCLOID in the direction you want to go.
- SELECT AND START - Works the same as on the NES game controllers.
- A-B BUTTONS - Works the same as on the NES game controllers.
- A-B TURBO BUTTONS - Pushing these buttons puts you in automatic "Rapid Fire" mode for either the A or B button.