Top 7


  • NinjaPopsicle - July 8, 2014 12:43 a.m.

    While it wasn't made by Nintendo (and was actually a bigger piece of crap than the Power Glove), the NES also had hands-free, motion controlled, "controller-less" gaming with the U-Force. Also, while it kind of made sense at the time, sometimes I wonder if the Vitality Sensor was just a joke Nintendo put together to see who would try and copy it and shove it into their system first.
  • alexandre-bret - July 1, 2014 11:56 a.m.

    i remember reading about that modem in a Gamepro issue back in theday. I was pretty hyped about it.
  • GenderBender_9000 - June 30, 2014 8:55 p.m.

    Nintendo loves it's gimmicks.
  • robotic-fiend - June 30, 2014 5:39 p.m.

    But Mattel made the Power Glove, Nintendo didn't have a hand in it's design at all.
  • brickman409 - July 10, 2014 7:51 p.m.

    was that an intentional pun?
  • sephex - June 30, 2014 5:12 p.m.

    Sega is also in this race. They were ahead in several else things of its time.
  • GamesRadarCollanderCooper - June 30, 2014 5:01 p.m.

    Interesting. I never knew there was an NES modem. Didn't the PocketStation precede the GBA, though?
  • shawksta - June 30, 2014 3:40 p.m.

    Nice Idea for a top 7. The Big N is always striving to do something different, whether itll hit big or not, it never hurts to try. Nintendo has been getting a ton of negativity this entire first half of 2014, but with steady growing sales and their fantastic E3 performance with a good deal of gamepad heavy games and their Amiibo business, the Big N is taking great steps to greatness. I love my Wii U and im looking forward to great things coming to it.
  • Pruman - June 30, 2014 1:38 p.m.

    The place where Nintendo has always been ahead of its time is in controllers: -The D-pad was invented for the Game & Watch and was the foundation of the NES controller. All modern controllers have some version of it. -The SNES was the first controller that had shoulder buttons, which are also present on all modern controllers. -The N64 was the first controller with a thumb-controlled analog stick. Again, all modern controllers use this. Seeing a pattern? -The PS2 claimed it had pressure-sensitive shoulder buttons, but I don't ever remember them working properly. The GameCube, on the other hand, did, and even though it was ridiculously painful to hold them down for any length of time, it's another feature that was copied by everyone else in the subsequent generation. -The Wii remote, although it didn't catch on permanently, was blatantly copied by Sony and its design principles were copied by Microsoft with the Kinect. A big part of why I feel the Wii U has lost its way has to do with Nintendo failing to innovate with the controller. It's basically a 360 controller with an updated layout and a screen built into it. They did this already with GameCube/GBA connectivity.
  • PReNDeL21 - June 30, 2014 3:17 p.m.

    Don't forget that they were the first to add rumble to the controllers starting with the N64
  • Faz - June 30, 2014 12:02 p.m.

    Ummmm......... No 6 is incorrect, both the Dreamcast VMU and Playstation Pocketstation pre-dated the GC's attempt.
  • EAC73 - June 30, 2014 1:01 p.m.

    Really, those were not even full games, it was more of a bonus compared to the GC allowing you to play your full games on the big screen, along with extras that were worth it, like 4 Swords, Wind Waker, and Animal Crossing.

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