Those of you with good memories may remember that when the original Mario Party Launched on the Nintendo 64, the Tug o ‘War minigame has attracted rather unwelcome press attention, with players apparently injured after violently twisting the N64 analog stick with their palms.
Tug o ‘War sees one player dressed as Bowser fight three other players in the game – you guessed it – tug of war. The goal is to turn the control knob as quickly as possible to pull the other team into the canyon in the center of the screen.
The fact is that the children twisted their analog sticks with such force that they received burns on their palms. Things got so bad that the New York attorney general’s office said Nintendo ended up offering players protective gloves to avoid any problems.
Guess what? Tug o ‘War will also appear in the upcoming Mario Superstar Party for Switch, and this time Nintendo turned on a warning to prevent history repeating itself.
We would argue that the ribbed design of the N64 analog stick was to blame for injuring the palms in the late 90s, and the Joy-Con’s rubber pad should prevent such problems. However, we are afraid to think what will happen to millions of sticks around the world when they are tug of war – if they hadn’t already had the Joy-Con drift, they might very well do it soon …