Taito's Japan-Only Paddle Controller for Nintendo DS
I blew a few quarters on Arkanoid
last night, so perhaps I'm a wee bit saturated in nostalgia at the moment, but nonetheless: this paddle controller from Taito, which plugs into the bottom of the Nintendo DS for use in games like Arkanoid
and Space Invaders Extreme
, sounds great. Sure, you could fake it really well with the DS's touchscreen, but read out what Chris Kohler, who got a hands-on, had to say:
it's fantastic. It's not just a little plastic dial. It's sitting on ball bearings or something, and it's got momentum and a little bit of kickback to it. That means that it spins incredibly smoothly -- if you spin it and let go, it'll keep whizzing for a good five seconds or so. The response time is perfect.
Yet no plans for a North American release! Criminal. They'd sell dozens.
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