D-Pad: 4 Directions of Patented Genius

Remember kids, Up, Down, Left, Left.


#577 – The Directional Pad is something that many gamers take for granted, but it really was a novel invention at the time that Nintendo introduced it. While it’s been largely taken out of the spotlight by analog sticks, the digital input solution still has its own merits. We’re going to discuss its inception, the Nintendo patent, and what their competitors did in response. It’s another interesting history lesson brought to you by Two Button Crew!

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Which Button Am I Pressing? (Blindfolded!)

You’re really pressing my buttons.


Are you so familiar with Nintendo controllers that you could recognize individual buttons without looking?! That’s exactly what Simeon and Scott are attempting today, while blindfoldedly shoving fingers into gaming input devices. Who will win?

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The Best Nintendo Buttons Of All Time

Maybe one day, buttons will slide in and out of controllers just like Joy-Con on a Switch, and everyone can be happy.


Buttons. Do you like click? Sponge? Analog, or digital? Diamond layout, or some shaped like beans? For every button Nintendo makes, there are a plethora of preferences. Which controllers or handhelds have the buttons that you like most? Do you agree with Scott or Simeon’s picks – or neither?! Let us know in the comment section!

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R.I.P. MadCatz

Sincerely, we do wish the best to those who lost their jobs in this process.


Unfortunately, a former video game industry giant has bit the dust. Mad Catz, long known for their affordable hardware alternatives and questionable quality, have filed for bankruptcy. What went wrong, and what does this mean for Nintendo fans? Simeon and Scott are here to discuss the fall-out! Footage Credit: Gamecube Controller – Soundwave Gaming | N64 Controller – N64 Danny | N64 Arcade Stick – RodzSquad Retro Reviews

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Worst 3rd Party Controller Monstrosities

There is no excuse for the existance of these poor, poor products.


Third Parties have really done a disservice to Nintendo fans over the years, manufacturing junky controllers that make no sense and fall apart. At least we can have a good laugh about it now!

Shot by Alex Campbell

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What to Do About NES Classic’s Short Cords?

This may just lead to the NES-eyeball epidemic of 2016.


The NES Classic Edition is afflicted with short cords. We’re talking 3 feet long controller cables. What is a gamer to do in this situation? We’ve got three options for you.

Shot by Alex Campbell

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Famicom Classic Edition – All You Should Know

Well, the controllers are attached, but at least they are miniature sized! …Wait…


Japan is getting their own miniature version of the classic 8-bit console, and we’re here to discuss all the important differences between the NES Classic Edition.

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