U-Force NES Controller – Uforce Controller

Uforce Box Front
Uforce
Uforce
Uforce Box Front
Uforce Box Front
Uforce Box Back
Uforce Box Back
UForce Box Back Close Up
UForce Box Back Close Up
Uforce Bar & Handle Grips
Uforce Bar & Handle Grips

The U-Force (Uforce) is a controller that came out in 1989 for the NES by Broderbund. It was based on infrared technology that allowed the gamer to use hand and body motions (think of a 1980’s version of the Nintendo Wii only glitchy and problematic) to play games.

It was touted as:

A new dimension in video game excitement! The amazing U-Force controller is simply the most realistic, most responsive controller ever created for Nintendo games. U-Force uses exclusive, breakthrough technology to sens the auction motion and position of your hands and body. You can actually be a part of every game you play.

When you purchased the U-Force it came bundled with the unit itself, a “Power-Bar”, T-Bar, and Hand Grips. The Power-Bar was for Mike Tyson’s Punchout and “future games”.

The U-Force unit could be setup in 3 different “positions”. The “Upright” position which looked like a conventional laptop, the “Upright position with accessories” (such as using the Power Bar to play Mike Tyson’s Punch-out) and the “Flat” position.

Some games played semi-tolerably with the U-Force but most were unplayable or they were immensely harder than using the standard NES controller. With this being the case it was hard to justify purchasing the U-Force unless you wanted to deal with the quirkiness of it.

I hated the U-Force back in the day and I still don’t enjoy it even for “nostalgic sake”. It’s flaky and doesn’t live up to the promises stated. If you want to try it out on a game you’ve already mastered it might be fun for a few minutes but after that I’m sure you’ll get sick of it.

Nintendo NES MAX

Nintendo NES MAX
Nintendo NES MAX
Nintendo NES MAX

The NES MAX Controller was released in 1988 by Nintendo. Comparing it to the standard Nintendo NES controller it only has one thing better which are turbo A and B buttons. Everything else about the NES MAX sucks.

It seems the NES MAX was designed to be primarily used by young kids because the size of the controller is small. Width wise it’s shorter than the standard NES controller.

The NES MAX Cycloid SUCKS
The NES MAX Cycloid SUCKS

The worst part about the NES MAX is the “cycloid”. Instead of using the standard NES controller’s cross shaped four directional joypad Nintendo used a round disc called the cycloid. It wasn’t very responsive at all and it was uncomfortable to use for long gaming periods. Most gamers ended up using NES MAX’s 8 way controller ring that surrounded the cycloid.