Ah, the venerable B Button. This button was introduced to me way back when the Nintendo Entertainment System was new. I thought it was unusual that the joypad would be laid out with Select, Start, B, then A because I thought A should come before B. But it started a tradition, and Nintendo has stuck with it forever.

  • NES? B comes before A.
  • SNES? B comes before A.
  • Game Boy? B comes before A (and this includes the color models).
  • Virtual Boy (snicker snicker)? B comes before A.
  • N64? B comes before A there, as well.
Apparently, Nintendo wants to rearrange the alphabet. Can they do that? Oh, it's been so long since I've played my NES... I still have it, and yes, it still operates according to spec. What a deal.

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