Friday, February 16, 2007


Well, I went yesterday and got a classic controller for my Wii and downloaded Mario Kart 64 and Street Fighter 2. So my post is going to be about the up/down/left/right buttons on the old game controllers.

I have never been very good at fighting games but when I used to play Street Fighter I could always make Chun Li do her kick ass flying kicks. Well, apparently that is no longer the case. With the advent of the joystick on the controller I have sadly lost my ability to use the old U/D/L/R controller. I tried and tried to make her do a spin kick but couldn't. But I did remember...

Back in the old days there was a thing called combos. This was where a player would have to hit crazy button progressions to make a fighter do something, the most memorable of these being the 'Fatalities' in Mortal Kombat. Why was Kombat spelled with a K? Anyway, I guess I emptied my brain of all of the old moves you had to do in Street Fighter because when I played last night, all I could do was punch and kick. I had to set the game to zero difficulty just to beat Ryu.

I wonder if our thumbs have slowly become desensitized to the combo. Sure, they still exist. But they are no where near as elaborate as they used to be. I miss being 10.

A, B, B, Up, Right, Down, X, Y, X.(this means That is all)


2 Ripples in the pond:

Thomas said...

Did you try using the left joystick on the controller? I know that with Super Mario World you can use that instead of the D-pad... you should try it!

I also have had a hard time re-adjusting to the old games. I don't seem to be able to control Mario very well... he tends to jump off of cliffs A LOT!

Frank said...

So is ti worthwile to pick up one of the classic controllers (If you can find one?). I haven't bought one yet.

I do, however have a Wii. It's fun, I wish I had more time to play it.