10 Nintendo Controller Memes That Make Us Wonder What Nintendo Is Thinking (2024)

Nintendo is currently riding a tremendous wave of success thanks to the Nintendo Switch's immense popularity. The first party lineup for the hybrid console has also helped it maintain momentum, with 2020 still bringing monster exclusives likeAnimal Crossing: New Horizons.

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In terms of design, the Switch is solid and comfortable. It was not always like this, however. Many fans fondly remember how bizarre some of the console maker's controllers were, starting mostly with the Nintendo 64. It should be noted; they were not always bad designs. Anybody who has been with Nintendo since the beginning can likely relate to any of the memes below.

10 The Proper Way To Play

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N64 controller proper use meme copy

The N64 feels like the first controller that requires an instruction manual to use. Most other controllers are pretty intuitive, but the three prongs confused many people as to where to put their hands.

Anybody lucky enough to have three hands was truly in luck. While the design choices were questionable, certain games likeSuper Mario 64 controlled extremely well and were made for the console from the ground up.

9 Room For Improvement

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Nintendo Drunk meme

As the photo shows, Sony and Microsoft are into small adjustments when it comes to making new controllers. The DualSense and the Series X controller are both the best controller for each respective company.

Nintendo does not adhere to this philosophy. Each controller is wildly different from the last. Curiously, this picture forgot to bring up the Wii U's gamepad, which had its own screen. The controllers usually work well with first-party exclusives, but third-party games often suffer.

8 Nintendon't Do Normal

Normal is so overrated, and Nintendo understands this perfectly. If game companies just gave consumers the norm, then we'd still all be playing without vibration and analog sticks. Sometimes you have to shoot for the stars.

Nintendo has sometimes fallen flat, but when it does something right, it changes the way we play. It does cause an issue when updating older games, however. Porting Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is more work than an average port because of its reliance on motion controls.

7 We Believe It

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Iwata Meme

What we see here is the late Satoru Iwata, former Nintendo president and legend in the gaming industry, holding bananas in one of the famous skits he would do during Nintendo presentations. However, if he held up these fruits and told us it was the new Nintendo controller, we would believe it.

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Nintendo believes in lateral thinking, using currently existing tech in new ways rather than searching for the cutting edge. What is more reliable, tried and true tech than crop growing? It is perhaps one of the oldest sciences humans have been regularly practicing.

6 Don't Be A Gatekeeper

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anime and manga meme

As much as people bemoan the GameCube controller's wacky design, Nintendo continues to reissue it for one reason; Super Smash Bros.The classic Nintendo fighting game franchise works perfectly with the weirdly designed gamepad and just about nothing else.

Yet, the game is so popular and enough fans are willing to buy a new controller just for it. Older Super Smash Bros. fans are probably sitting back in judgment of those who play with newer controllers.

5 Evolution, Or A Mutation?

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nintendo controller

Controllers are often built upon subtle changes from each generation, almost like evolution. However, the jump from the SNES to the N64 feels more like an unforeseen mutation, as if the N64 was built in the middle of a nuclear dump soaking in radiation.

New competition from Sony might have pressured Nintendo into some big changes. While they ultimately lost this generation, at least people remember the N64 more than the Saturn or Dreamcast.

4 Set Your Sticks On Fire

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mario party analog stick meme

Leave it up to Nintendo to make a game that totally obliterates your controller. Mario Party has a famous minigame where you are forced to quickly rotate the analog stick.

Unfortunately, it absolutely destroys the stick after a while. Considering the game's poor critical reception, many do not find it worth the loss. Controllers were not cheap, either, so any kids with limited budgets were upset to lose one to some party game.

3 Reuse, Repurpose

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Nintendo nunchuck meme

The above picture explains why the Nintendo Wii had such a weird controller. It turns out, they were just ripping off the middle prong to use for the Nunchuck.

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For the first part of the Wiimote, we suppose Shigeru Miyamoto had a bunch of old TV remotes laying around and decided to paint them white. While we love to joke about the Wii, its impact on gaming is undeniable. It significantly widened the medium's audience.

2 Nintendo 64, Fixed

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Nintendo fixed controller memes

It is easy to look back on the N64's controller and see how it could be improved. You have to put yourself back in the mid-90s, however.

The standard controller design was not yet a thing, so Nintendo was exploring uncharted territory by adding an analog stick and making a controller for 3D games. Despite its problems, it has to be commended for what it did right and for doing some important things first.

1 The Controller Hierarchy

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Controllers to your friends and brother

It is only right for you, as the console owner, to play with the best controller. Of course your friend gets the next best thing, being a trusted ally. Your little brother, who is here because he has nowhere else to go and your parents are forcing you to watch him, gets the dual Joy-Cons, the least comfortable option.

Playing and becoming skilled at games with the worst controller will ultimately work out in the brother's favor, however. It's like how most people recommend your first guitar being a cheap piece of junk, because playing well on that will make playing on a fine instrument a true work of art.

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Will Nintendo fix drift? ›

Send it to Nintendo For Repair/Refund

This is currently the only "official" method of dealing with drift, though check below for some ways you can address the issue yourself.

What are the Nintendo controls? ›

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller front view:
  • Capture Button. Takes a screenshot during play.
  • HOME Button. Suspends the current software and opens the HOME Menu. The HOME Button blinks when you have a notification.
  • L Button.
  • R Button.
  • - Button.
  • + Button.
  • Left Stick. Functions as a button when pressed down.
  • A/B/X/Y Buttons.

What causes Nintendo Switch drift? ›

If you own a Nintendo Switch or Switch Lite, then you've probably worried about Joy-Con drift. As your Switch ages, dust and dirt make their way under the rubber diaphragm protecting the electrical contacts beneath the joysticks on your Joy-Con, and the problem is made worse as the contacts are worn down over time.

Is PS4 stick drift fixable? ›

Stick drift can affect standard Sony PS4 controllers, as well as third-party controllers. Fortunately, it's easy to fix stick drift by resetting and cleaning the controller, or by maneuvering the thumbsticks. If that doesn't fix the stick drift, you can replace just the analog sticks, or the entire controller.

Is Nintendo Repair free? ›

If your product issue is covered under our warranty, you won't pay a fee. Otherwise, repairs are considered out of warranty (and not covered) when: Your product is no longer covered by the Nintendo warranty.

What does the Z stand for on Nintendo Switch? ›

Nintendo Switch controllers label their trigger buttons with Z, and indicate at what side they are on with either 'L' or 'R'. So ZR is the right trigger button at the top of the controller. Same button as R2 on a Playstation controller or RT on an Xbox controller.

What is the D pad on Switch? ›

A D-pad (short for directional pad) is a flat, typically thumb-operated, directional control. D-pads are found on nearly all modern gamepads, handheld game consoles, and audiovisual device remote controls.

What is the L button on a switch? ›

The square Capture Button on the Joy-Con (L) can capture screenshots of gameplay (short press) and videos (long press, not available in all games), which can be shared over social media.

How do I fix the ghost touch on my Nintendo Switch? ›

What to do
  1. Power off the Nintendo Switch console by holding the POWER button for at least three seconds, then selecting Turn Off from the Power Options menu.
  2. Remove any screen protectors from the console.
  3. Clean the console screen using a soft, dry, clean cotton cloth. ...
  4. Power on the console by pressing the POWER button.

Why do joycons break? ›

Joy-Con drift can often be attributed to one of two major factors: software/hardware issues or buildup of dirt and grime under or around the thumb sticks. If your console stops working, we'll handle the repairs. Make an appointment, or visit your nearest store today.

How to sync extra Joy-Cons? ›

From the HOME Menu, select Controllers, then Change Grip and Order. While the following screen is displayed, press and hold down the SYNC Button for at least one second on the controller you wish to pair. Once paired, the player LED(s) corresponding to the controller number will remain lit.

Is Nintendo Switch drift repair free? ›

If your Joy-Cons are acting up, it's probably not your fault. Nintendo admits that "Joy-Con drift" is an unavoidable problem on Nintendo Switch systems, as the controllers' joysticks simply can't the normal wear and tear of gaming. Thankfully, you can get your Switch Joy-Cons repaired for free.

Does Nintendo charge for stick drift? ›

This means that regardless of your warranty, if your controller has a fault, Nintendo will fix it. If you send out your parts for repair, Nintendo won't charge you, instead, they determine what's wrong and then inform you how much it will cost to fix if it's something which isn't covered by this lifetime coverage.

Can controller drift be fixed? ›

If the rubber or plastic piece becomes worn, replacing or repairing it will fix your drift issue. In some cases, a similar problem can be caused by dirty thumbstick pads. Worn-out springs: Each thumbstick sensor component has two springs that help snap it back to the center whenever you remove your thumb.

How much does Nintendo charge to repair Joy-Cons? ›

“Nintendo Switch 'drift' has been plaguing gamers for years, and many consumers have been left out of pocket buying expensive replacement controllers, so it's positive that the video game giant has committed to lifelong free repairs," said Rochio Concha, Which? director of policy and advocacy.


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