Video game controllers have come a long way, especially with the touchscreen-equipped Wii U coming out soon. In this feature we take a look back at some of the earliest video game peripherals to hit the market, starting with the Atari 2600 joystick, which was first released in 1977. Continue reading to see more.

5 Interesting video game facts:

  1. The game Rage of the Dragons was supposed to be an official sequel of the old Double Dragon games. However, the company who owned the series at the time, also the one responsible for Double Dragon Advance, did not authorize the game to be a sequel. Instead, it became only a unrelated gaming fight with two characters who happened to be called Billy and Jimmy.
  2. There is a typo in the NES game Double Dragon III. Billy is called as “Bimmy”.
  3. Zero, from the Megaman X series, was originally meant to be the actual Megaman X. However, since it deviated too much from the original story, it was made into a new character instead.
  4. Due to language reasons, the brazilian fan-base of Street Fighter II, when the arcade first arrived in the country, miscalled Guile’s sonicboom for Alex Full, Chun-li’s Spinning Bird Kick as “Mini-taxi” and Sagat’s Tiger Uppercut as “Tiger Robocop”.
  5. When the famous Zelda series was released in Japan, it’s original name was “The Hyrule Fantasy: The Legend of Zelda” (The Hyrule Fantasy – Zelda no Densetsu). Since the North American version had the name only as ‘The Legend of Zelda’ and sold over 1 million copies, Nintendo adopted the name and changed the series names to be what it is today.

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