Custom ‘Angry Birds’ USB Slingshot vs. Dual Analog N64 Controller

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What’s the most ridiculous primary home console controller you can think of? What’s the top-selling mobile game of all time? Take those answers and add even crazier peripherals and we get a custom force feedback Angry Birds USB controller for PCs and an even more insane variation on the already-odd Nintendo 64 three-pronged controller.

First up is another way to play Angry Birds that doesn’t involve touchscreens or a Kinect mod. This custom Angry Birds peripheral is a USB device that allows the PC player to physically mimic the aiming and launching of birds at those pesky pigs and their poorly constructed shelters. In essence it’s a mounted adjustable slingshot without the sling. The video up top demonstrates the device in action which seems reliant on the placement of the mouse cursor.

A version that rids the screen of the mouse icon entirely would be perfect, but we applaud the creativity and design behind this mod. Unfortunately, it’s one of a kind so there’s no way to get one yourself… unless Rovio sees another profitable opportunity in investing in such a branded peripheral themselves. They have plushies and Angry Birds board games already…

Next up, is the El Quadrinaros, a super-large N64 controller named after Star Wars: The Phantom Menace’s Ben Quadinaros – one of the podracers whose unique vehicle in the film sported four engines instead of the standard two. Watch the video to see this slick-designed custom controller – made from two N64 controllers – to see where it gets its name. All of this was done just to allow for dual-analog control, something Nintendo didn’t get right in their followup console, the GameCube, either.

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The combination of four handles and the motivation behind this controller being for the (awesome) N64 Star Wars: Episode I podracer game provide the origins for the device’s name. It seems silly going back two console generations to see all the work Clarky Creations put into just supporting dual-analog sticks, a feature standard for current consoles. The controller can also be used for GoldenEye.

Which are you more impressed by?

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Sources: Sound + Design, Kotaku

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