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 What game console is associated with this controller?
RCA Studio II
Nintendo Wii
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.
Vectrex
Arcadia 2001

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

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

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XBox One Controller What game console is associated with this controller?
Videopac G7400
Amstrad GX4000
Sega-SG1000
Mircosoft Xbox One
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 What game console is associated with this controller?
Commodore 64
Xbox
Sony PlayStation
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.
Nintendo Switch

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Nintendo Wavebird controller for GameCube What game console is associated with this controller?
Alienware Gaming Laptop
GameCube
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.
Steam Box
ZX Spectrum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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XBox One Elite Wireless What game console is associated with this controller?
Commodore 64
Amiga
ZX Spectrum
XBox One
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 What game console is associated with this controller?
Xbox 360
PlayStation 2
Nintendo 64
Neo Geo AES
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 What game console is associated with this controller?
Amstrad GX4000
Nvidia Shield
Wii U
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.
Nintendo DS

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

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

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

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

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Microsoft Kinect What game console is associated with this controller?
Nintendo Entertainment System
Apple Pippen
Atari 2600
Xbox 360
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 What game console is associated with this controller?
Nintendo Entertainment System
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.
Atari 5200
ZX Spectrum
Amiga

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NEC PC Engine Controller What game console is associated with this controller?
Panasonic M2
iQue Player
Atari Pong
NEC PC Engine
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 What game console is associated with this controller?
PSP
Nintendo DS
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.
PlayStation 2
Xbox 360

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

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

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

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

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

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

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8bitdo Super Nintendo Wireless Controller What game console is associated with this controller?
Atari 5200
Action Max
PV-1000
SNES Classic
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 What game console is associated with this controller?
PlayStation
Microsoft Xbox
Super NES
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.
Atari Pong

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

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Nintendo 64 Controller What game console is associated with this controller?
PlayStation 4
Intellivision
Atari Pong
Nintendo 64
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 What game console is associated with this controller?
Dreamcast
Xbox One
Nintendo Famicom
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.
PlayStation Pro

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

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

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

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Xbox 360 Dance Dance Revolution Mat What game console is associated with this controller?
Commodore 64
Intellivision
Atari Pong
Xbox 360
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 What game console is associated with this controller?
Casio Loopy
Atari 5200
PlayStation 2
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.
Xbox 360

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

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Magnavox Odyssey 2 Joystick What game console is associated with this controller?
GameCube
Sega Saturn
Nintendo Wii
Magnavox Odyssey 2
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 What game console is associated with this controller?
Nintendo Wii
Atari 5200
PlayStation 4
Mattel Intellivision
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 What game console is associated with this controller?
Sega Saturn
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.
Atari 5200
Pioneer LaserActive
Nintendo DS

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

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

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

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

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

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