Can You Name the Game Console From a Photo of the Controller?

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Can You Name the Game Console From a Photo of the Controller?
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Growing up with video games brings a certain nostalgia. From Sega to Nintendo, how many consoles do you remember? Find out by taking this HowStuffWorks quiz!
Nintendo Wii Nunchuck
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What game console is associated with this controller?
RCA Studio II
Nintendo Wii
Vectrex
Arcadia 2001
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

The Wii Nunchuck plugs into Nintendo Wiimote and adds an extra dimension to certain games, although it is not needed for all the game titles available on the console. It fits into the palm of the player's hand and has a thumb-operated joystick and index finger trigger.

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Atari CX-42 Controller
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Wii U
Atari CX-42
PlayStation Portable
Nintendo Switch
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Wrong Answer

These were exactly the same as the controllers that came with the Atari 2600 and consisted of a joystick configuration and a single red button. The major difference, however, was that these controllers were wireless.

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Sony Playstation 3 Controller
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Xbox 360
Sony PlayStation 3
Intellivision
Atari Pong
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Wrong Answer

The PlayStation 3 uses the Dualshock 3 controller which looks exactly the same as the previous two controllers released with the Playstation and Playstation 2. The only major difference? The controller had become wireless.

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XBox One Controller
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Videopac G7400
Amstrad GX4000
Sega-SG1000
Mircosoft Xbox One
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Although it includes the same layout as previous Xbox controllers, the input device for Microsoft’s latest console underwent a major redesign in terms of shape, analog sticks, triggers, and buttons.

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Sony Playstation 1 Controller
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Commodore 64
Xbox
Sony PlayStation
Nintendo Switch
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

One of the most iconic controllers ever, the Dualshock featured a vibration feature which worked in conjunction with many games. It also has not just one, but two joysticks, a cross-shaped D-pad and four distinct buttons marked with a triangle, square, circle and X.

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Nintendo Wavebird controller for GameCube
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Alienware Gaming Laptop
GameCube
Steam Box
ZX Spectrum
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Manufactured to work with the Nintendo Gamecube, the WaveBird was released in 2002. It was wireless and featured 2 joysticks, 2 triggers, 6 buttons and a D-Pad.

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Sony Playstation 2 Controller
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Alienware Gaming Laptop
Steam Box
PlayStation 2
Xbox
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Wrong Answer

The PlayStation 2 used the Dualshock 2 controller which was essentially the same as the one used for the original PlayStation. It also featured not just one, but two joysticks, a cross-shaped D-Pad and four distinct buttons marked with a triangle, square, circle and X. Two triggers werer operated by the index fingers of the player. By 2008, over 28 million controllers had been sold worldwide.

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ColeCo Vision Controller
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Wii U
Coleco Vision
Nintendo Switch
Sony PSP
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Wrong Answer

The controller for the Coleco Vision included a numeric keypad as well as a small joystick. The buttons are found on the side. The controllers could use different overlays placed over the keyboard. These overlays came with the different games purchased for the system.

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Sony Playstation Navi Controller
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Sony PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
Nintendo Wii U
Super Cassette Vision
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Wrong Answer

While the PlayStation Move controller allowed gamers a range of new freedoms when playing games, it could not navigate menus. For that reason, gamers were encouraged to purchase the Navi controller for their left hand. It featured X and O buttons, a thumb-controlled joystick and a D-Pad.

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Nintedo Wiimote
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Nintendo Wii
Commodore 64
Atari 2600
Color TV Game
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

The standard controller for the Nintendo Wii, the Wiimote worked in connection with a receiver to allow players to move their cursor around the screen through pointing. It featured all the regular buttons expected of a Nintendo remote including the A and B button, start and select buttons and a trigger. It worked in conjunction with the Nunchuck for some game titles.

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PV 1000 Controller
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Nintendo Switch
PlayStation Portable
PV 1000
Xbox
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Manufactured by Casio and released in Japan in 1983, the PV-1000 had a massive joystick as its controller. It was noted for its sturdy grip and red firing button on the top.

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NES Satellite Controller
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Xbox
NES Satellite
PSP
Nintendo 3DS
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Wrong Answer

Released for Nintendo gaming systems, the Satellite was not a controller in the true sense of the word, but it did extend their range from 3 feet to 15 feet. The Satellite has buttons that can be used to select and start games.

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XBox One Elite Wireless
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Commodore 64
Amiga
ZX Spectrum
XBox One
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

The crème-de-la-crème of Xbox One controllers, the Elite Wireless looks much the same as a regular controller but it certainly isn’t. It can be adjusted to your hand size and has four extra paddles that can be attached underneath. It even has an app that allows further customization of just about anything.

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NEO Geo AES Controller
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Xbox 360
PlayStation 2
Nintendo 64
Neo Geo AES
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Wrong Answer

While Neo Geo were known to produce arcade cabinets, they expanded into the console market with the AES. This shipped with a massive controller that had the exact configuration as you would find in the arcade.

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WII U Pro Controller
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Amstrad GX4000
Nvidia Shield
Wii U
Nintendo DS
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

After the relative success of the Wii, Nintendo released their next console, something seen as more of a threat to Sony and Microsoft. Although the Wii U initially sold well, its was eventually discontinued. The controller that came with the console was unique in the fact that it included a touchscreen which could be used to play games if a TV wasn’t around.

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Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Nintendo DS
MS Xbox 360
PSP
Nvidia Shield
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Wrong Answer

Released in 2005, the controller packaged with the Xbox 360 had much the same configuration as the original Xbox but was now wireless. Analog triggers operated by the player’s index fingers as well as shoulder buttons were also added.

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Sony Playstation 4 Controller
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Sega Gensis
Xbox
PlayStation 4
Atari 7800
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

For the PlayStation 4, the Dualshock controller underwent a redesign. Although the controller featured the same layout as the previous versions, the shape changed slightly. It also received a touchpad as well as LED lights.

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NES Advantage Controller
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What game console is associated with this controller?
NES Advantage
PlayStation 4 Pro
ZX Spectrum
Amiga
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Wrong Answer

The NES Advantage was fairly large but included all the necessary buttons one would expect from a Nintendo controller. It also included a large, robust joystick. It worked with a range of Nintendo gaming systems.

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Nintendo Gamecube Controller
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Bally Astrocade
Nintendo GameCube
PlayCable
Bally Astrocade
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Wrong Answer

Much like the Gamecube itself, the controller for this much-loved console was a little different. Sure it had all the important bits, joysticks, buttons, D-Pad and triggers, it was just a peculiar design that certainly set it apart.

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Microsoft Kinect
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Nintendo Entertainment System
Apple Pippen
Atari 2600
Xbox 360
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Wrong Answer

With the success of the Nintendo Wii, Microsoft took gesture-based gaming a step further with the Kinect. Here no controller was necessary with the Kinect picking up gestures mainly from a player's hand movements.

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NES Zapper
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Nintendo Entertainment System
Atari 5200
ZX Spectrum
Amiga
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

The NES Zapper worked with the Nintendo Entertainment System console but was sold as a separate accessory. It was used in games such as Duck Hunt.

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NEC PC Engine Controller
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Panasonic M2
iQue Player
Atari Pong
NEC PC Engine
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

The controller for the NEC PC Engine was very similar to many other game systems of the 1980s. Rectangular in shape, it had a six button configuration and a cross-shaped joypad as well as ‘start’ and ‘select’ buttons.

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Nintendo DS Touch Screen
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What game console is associated with this controller?
PSP
Nintendo DS
PlayStation 2
Xbox 360
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

The Nintendo DS features two screens with the lower screen responding to touch, either from a stylus or a players fingers. The touchscreen would be interacted with in certain games and could be used to navigate as well, so it was in its own right, a controller.

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Microsoft Xbox Controller
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What game console is associated with this controller?
PS Vita
GameCube
Microsoft Xbox
Sega Genesis
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Wrong Answer

The original Xbox came with its own unique controller. It introduced the iconic X,Y,A,B button layout along with two joysticks and a D-Pad. An 8-meg memory card could also be plugged in. This controller was called 'Duke.'

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PlayStation Move
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What game console is associated with this controller?
PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
Nintendo Wii
Steam Box
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

To compete with the Nintendo Wii and offer point and click gaming, PlayStation released the Move controller in 2010. It allowed the use of movements in games to complete actions, for instance hitting a ping-pong ball while using the controller as your bat. It worked in conjunction with the PlayStation Eye camera.

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Atari 2600 Joystick Controller
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Video 2000
Atari 2600
Tele-Spiel
Color-TV Game
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Wrong Answer

A simple joystick and button setup, this controller came with the Atari 2600 game system. This console was introduced in 1977 and over 30 million units were sold worldwide.

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Bally Astrocade 'Pistol-Grip' Controller
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What game console is associated with this controller?
PlayStation 2
Bally Astrocade
Xbox 360
Sega Genesis
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Wrong Answer

This pistol grip controller was part of the Bally Astrocade gaming system released in 1977. It featured a trigger switch as well as a small, 8 directional joystick, controlled by the thumb.

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Atari Jaguar Controller
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Sony PSP
PS Vita
Atari Jaguar
Nintendo Wii
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

The controller that shipped with the Jaguar in the early ‘90s was very poorly received. Atari released a second controller for the system called the ProController. It featured six buttons and a directional pad. It was never shipped with the console and had to be bought separately.

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Apple Bandai Pippin Controller
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Apple Bandai Pippen
PS Vita
Nintendo DS
Steam Machine
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Wrong Answer

Released by Apple in 1996, the Pippin had a futuristically styled controller with a boomerang shape. It had a D-Pad, trackball and four main buttons and was called the Applejack. The console lasted a year before it was discontinued.

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8bitdo Super Nintendo Wireless Controller
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Atari 5200
Action Max
PV-1000
SNES Classic
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

With the release of the SNES Classic, 8bitdo provides a controller just like the original, but now wireless.

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Nintendo Super NES Controller
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What game console is associated with this controller?
PlayStation
Microsoft Xbox
Super NES
Atari Pong
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Wrong Answer

A popular gaming system in the early ‘90s, the Super NES controller followed the Nintendo standard of earlier controllers. It featured a cross-shaped joypad, a ‘start’ and ‘select’ button and four action buttons.

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Fairchild Channel F Controller
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Nintendo Wii
Fairchild Channel F
PlayStation Portable
Nintendo DS
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

This controller featured as part of the Channel F console, released in 1977. The two controllers that came with the console were joysticks that were placed in the player's palm. There was no base. The top of the joystick featured a large button which operated as the directional control.

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Nintendo 64 Controller
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What game console is associated with this controller?
PlayStation 4
Intellivision
Atari Pong
Nintendo 64
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Wrong Answer

The fifth generation Nintendo console, released in 1996 saw a very different controller than what the company had packaged with earlier consoles. In fact, this controller became the forerunner to the modern controllers we see today. Its unique design and shape allowed it to be held in three distinct positions.

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Nintendo Famicom Controller
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Dreamcast
Xbox One
Nintendo Famicom
PlayStation Pro
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Wrong Answer

The Famicom hit the gaming market in 1983. It went on to sell around 61 million units worldwide. Controllers for the Famicom were fairly straightforward with a two-button, cross-shaped joypad configuration as well as ‘select’ and ‘start’ buttons.

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Sega Dreamcast Controller
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Sega Dreamcast
Atari 2600
Commodore 64
Atari Jaguar
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Wrong Answer

Released in 1998, the Dreamcast featured a futuristic looking controller with a small LCD screen. It had an analog stick, D-Pad, and four buttons. It also featured two docking stations where additional accessories like the Visual Memory Unit (VMU) could be slotted in.

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Sega Genesis Controller
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Super A'Can
Konix Multisystem
Sega Genesis
Bridge Companion
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Released in 1988, the Sega Genesis or Mega Drive featured a controller more in line with how modern-day controllers look. The controller featured six buttons and a cross-shaped joypad, although the original only had three buttons.

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NES Power Pad
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Nintendo Entertainment System
XBox One
PlayStation 4
Steam Box
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

The Power Pad worked with a range of Nintendo Systems but was sold as a separate accessory. The pad itself connected to the console was then placed on the floor and operated with a player's feet. Only 11 games were compatible with the Power Pad.

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Xbox 360 Dance Dance Revolution Mat
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Commodore 64
Intellivision
Atari Pong
Xbox 360
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Wrong Answer

Dance Dance Revolution, an extremely popular arcade game, ported to a range of consoles, including the Xbox 360. This mat allowed players to perform the specific dance moves in the game by touching certain points with their feet in a particular order.

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Sony PlayStation Eye
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Casio Loopy
Atari 5200
PlayStation 2
Xbox 360
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

The PlayStation Move controller cannot work without the Eye camera picking up the various movements from the player. This camera is fairly small and plugs straight into the console.

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Atari 7800 Joypad
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Gaming Laptop
Atari 7800
GameCube
Z80 Spektrum
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Wrong Answer

The Atari 7800 had a number of controllers, including a joypad, joystick and light gun. The joypads were sold in countries outside the United States. Their main feature was a removable joystick found on the D-Pad.

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Magnavox Odyssey 2 Joystick
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What game console is associated with this controller?
GameCube
Sega Saturn
Nintendo Wii
Magnavox Odyssey 2
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

A standard button and joystick combination, this controller initially was attached permanently to the console. In later versions, the controllers could be removed. The Odyssey also featured a full QWERTY keyboard.

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Mattel Intellivision Directional Disc
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Nintendo Wii
Atari 5200
PlayStation 4
Mattel Intellivision
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Wrong Answer

Mattel released the Intellivision in 1980 and sold over 3 million units until it was discontinued a decade later. The controller was fairly unique for the time and included a numeric keyboard, four buttons, and a 16-direction movement pad called the "directional disc."

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Sega Saturn 3d Control Pad
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Sega Saturn
Atari 5200
Pioneer LaserActive
Nintendo DS
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

The first Sega home gaming system to feature the CD-ROM format, the Saturn was released in 1994, the same year as the Sony PlayStation. The controllers were ergonomically shaped with a directional pad and six buttons. Later versions included a wireless controller.

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Sega Master System Controller
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Apple Pippin
Sega Master System
Atari Pong
Intellivision
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

With worldwide sales of over 13 million units, the Sega Master System proved a very popular console in the mid-‘80s. It came with two controllers which were fairly basic, consisting of a directional pad as well as two buttons.

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Amiga CD32 Controller
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Nintendo Switch
Nintendo Wii
Amiga CD32
Steam Box
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

A uniquely shaped controller, those that shipped with the Amiga CD32 included a D-Pad and four main buttons. It came in a strange U shape.

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Steam Controller
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Atari XEGS
Intellivision
Steam Box
Konix Multisystem
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

A controller that can be used with a range of personal computers, laptops as well as Valve’s Steam Machine, this input device is extremely versatile. It also features duel trackpads.

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Atari 5200 Controller
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What game console is associated with this controller?
Super A'Can
Atari 5200
Sega Pico
Apple Pippin
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

A fairly large controller, this featured a numeric keypad as well as a regular joystick. It could be held in a player's hand or placed on a flat surface.

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PlayStation 3 Guitar Hero Controller
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What game console is associated with this controller?
PlayStation 3
Atari 2600
Bally Astrocade
Nintendo Entertainment System
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Bundled together with the mega-selling games in the Guitar Hero franchise, this controller, although to be used with the games, could also be used to navigate menus in the PlayStation dashboard. A number of different designs were produced, all featuring the same configuration of five buttons and a strumming bar.

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