Since it was first introduced on the Famicom in 1983, the iconic classic Nintendo controller has been the bedrock of gaming interaction. It could be said that almost every gamepad since then has been an iteration on that basic layout: D-Pad on the left, buttons on the right. But after so many decades one California-based electronics engineer is trying to change all that.
According to its inventor, the device was originally conceived as a hack to use his dominant hand in order to get faster, more precise controls in Tetris, but was amazed by the response from left-handed gamers when he posted his prototype online. The name "Goofy Foot" should be familiar to anyone who's played enough Tony Hawk Pro Skater, as it refers to the "left-footed" stance in most kick-based martial arts and board sports.
The heart of the controller is a custom circuit board that leads out into a classic NES 7-pin connector (which means you need to use original hardware or one of the many clone-boxes available today). There's also extra pads for hackers/makers who want to customize their controllers with extra switches or LEDs.
Looking at these photos did something to my brain. It almost feels like an optical illusion how all the familiar pieces are there but it just feels WRONG. The only catch with this whole deal is that it TECHNICALLY doesn't exist yet. As of this writing the Goofy Foot Kickstarter campaign has raised only 1,702 of its $12,000 goal, which they say will go into ordering the custom plastic cases and buttons that will allow the controller to look more official than an upside-down hackjob. For any 8-Bit aficionados looking for a unique piece to add to their collection, this one might be worth tossing a couple of bucks.
Just don't forget about the all the Kickstarter buyer beware caveats though: