As a child growing up in the 80s, my beloved video game console of choice was the Nintendo Entertainment System. Despite all the different con- troller options that came out for the system, like the NES Advantage arcade stick, I’ve always gravitated towards the stock NES controllers that came with it. As cool as the NES Advantage looked, I found it cumbersome to use and have stayed away from arcade sticks on the console ever since. When the opportunity came to review the HC One-Up, a custom arcade stick from HeadcolorsVG, I decided to try playing NES games with a joystick one more shot.

Equipped with a Sanwa JLF ball top joystick and four Industrias Lorenzo pushbuttons, this eloquent- ly designed joystick looks tremendous in any game room and can plug into any device that utilizes an NES controller port. I tested the unit on an NES, Famicom

AV, and RetroUSB AVS and experienced no compatibility issues. For those wanting to look “under the hood” of the joystick, pulling up on the front portion of the panel will open it to reveal its electric guts. The construction of the inside of the stick is very tidy, with clean wire runs and circuit board mounting. Rest assured, this stick is just as beautiful inside as it is outside. The joystick has some weight to it, but it is not overly heavy. The entire unit can sit comfortably on your lap, thanks to the added cushioning on the bottom of it. Read the rest of the article here from Old School Gamer!

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