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.

Bad Street Brawler – Worst NES Games

Bad Street Brawler Title Screen

Bad Street Brawler was released by Mattel in 1989 for the NES. It’s a side scrolling beat em up game. It’s one of the few games that was to be used with the crappy Mattel Power Glove for the NES which is ironic because the Power Glove sucks too.

Mattel Power Glove
Mattel Power Glove

I remember getting this game as a gift when I was as a kid and wanting it to be good but it really, really sucks.

The music is the first thing that comes to mind about this game. It’s so repetitive and the sound effects are so annoying that it’s better to play with the sound muted. I hate the theme song and it gets stuck in my head for some reason!

The graphics are cheesy and have very little detail. The Flintstones type background of each level looks like it took five minutes to develop. Even the colors used are ugly.

For some reason in the story you’re fighting against a bunch of midget clones, meth head freaks with baseball bats and gorillas. The game doesn’t make any sense. During gameplay every once in a while some dude will come on screen and open his trench coat to flash you and out comes a heart with wings. That makes sense right?!

It’s a two player game but you alternate turns. I guess the only thing that would have made this crappy game a little more fun to play is if two people could actually play it at the same time. No dice.

Bad Street Brawler Title Screen
Bad Street Brawler Title Screen
Bad Street Brawler Trip
Bad Street Brawler Trip
Bad Street Brawler Gameplay
Bad Street Brawler Gameplay
Bad Street Brawler End Level 1
Bad Street Brawler End Level 1
Bad Street Brawler- Mattel
Bad Street Brawler- Mattel

Athena – Worst NES Games

Athena Nintendo NES Title Screen

Released for the NES in 1987 by SNK

Athena for the Nintendo NES was a port of developer SNK’s arcade game Athena. The arcade game was only released in Japan. It was know for being a decent fun game. The NES port of the arcade is horrible.

It was an early port for SNK who in the end made a few good NES games like Crystalis. Anyway Athena sucks and here’s why…

The gameplay and controls are the worst problem about this game. You start out with this crappy baseball type weapon that as you kill enemies can be upgraded to whatever the enemy happens to drop.

One of the best weapons is the sword but the problem is once you get one you are likely to die immediately. The game spawn enemies endlessly and in really bad positions like right next to your character sometimes. It’s really cheap and annoying.

The other problem is that when you take damage you don’t turn invincible for a second or two so you can get wiped out if you get stuck in between enemies. The controls are stiff and just a pain to use.

All in all, if you want to play a crappy Nintendo NES game try Athena!

Athena Nintendo NES Cart
Athena Nintendo NES Cart
Athena Nintendo NES Title Screen
This is the title screen for Athena
Athena Nintendo NES Gameplay Pic
Athena Nintendo NES Gameplay Pic