Accessories, peripherals, or add-ons– call them what you want, but every console has had them. Not content to merely use new gameplay to push the envelope, many hardware and software manufacturers have created physical items to help augment our gaming experiences in ways both big and small. Nintendo, as a forerunner of the modern gaming industry, has had hundreds of first and third party peripherals grace all of its consoles. Most of these peripherals are superfluous, oddly-specific, or just downright idiotic– but there are a select few items that shine out among the rest. Here, we’ll cover some of the best and most useful peripherals to ever come out for Nintendo consoles. Perhaps some of your old friends made the cut?
(Peripherals here are considered to be any sort of physical item that is meant to augment gaming, be it a special controller or other device. Most peripherals are optional on most games.)