ByMarlon McDonald, writer at Creators.co
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Marlon McDonald

Every generation of gaming came with an abundance of rather odd peripherals that were either honestly believed to herald a new day for gaming, or were simply cash grabs created to fool grannies out of a chunk of their state pension.

So with that in mind, here are 10 of the weirdest to have released over the past decade or so. Don't feel hard done by if you own one, a few or all of these, we're... erm... laughing with you?

1. Raildriver Desktop Train Cab Controller

*sigh* Toot toot.
*sigh* Toot toot.

For the discerning bedroom train driver who wants to amp up the realism of journeying through distant locales. With 28 programmable buttons and a terrifying, almost indecipherable UI, handling this thing may be just as perturbing as staring down a swiftly approaching train.

Plus, dude, this thing costs like $500!

2. Wii Car Adaptor

Wii Car Crash Simulator included!
Wii Car Crash Simulator included!

Nintendo are undoubtedly the masters of gaming on the go, but this is ridiculous. Because when you're on a long trip, bags are packed and the kids are picking up in volume, what better way to sate them is there than inviting them to swing and fling themselves around playing Wii Sport in the back of a moving vehicle?

3. Wii Football

Punt it out of earth
Punt it out of earth

Whilst we're on a Wii theme, why not throw the Wii Football on the list too to smash common sense like a living room window. Dunno if this or the Wii Bowling Ball is worse. Actually, the next one up probably is...

4. Wii Wings

Steady on, Icarus
Steady on, Icarus

Yes these are wings that you can attach to yourself in order gain a higher level of immersion whilst playing 'Birds-Eye Bulls-Eye' or what-not. Soar to new lows with this aggressively shoddy peripheral. But, to be honest, it was a genius business idea. I wonder how many were bought...

5. Alphagrip AG-5

"That's one ugly motherfucker"
"That's one ugly motherfucker"

Looking more like the back of Predator's head or something that dropped off the Cloverfield monster, the AG-5 was designed to be a controller that truly tested the mettle of even the most astute gamer. And, my word, did it! With 42 buttons, this thing was a test indeed: a multiple choice test where its 4 answers are No, Nooo, LOL, nope and I'm good, thanks.

6. NES Speedboard

Speed 3: Really Outta Control
Speed 3: Really Outta Control

A big ol' grey tray to house your tiny NES controller that, supposedly, allows you to hit the buttons quicker. I see you. I see what you did.

7. Palmtop Controller

Facepalm
Facepalm

Yes, this is exactly what it looks like! It's a dance mat for your fingers, because why should your feet get all the Dance Dance action, huh? I feel almost offended by this!

8. Nyko Hip-Clip

Too hip to clip
Too hip to clip

For the gamer that actively enjoys walking the streets with the fear of being jacked for their GameBoy and all the Pokemons. This little jobby was an ultra-nerdy clip for your GameBoy to be neatly nestled around your waist. Because being a 90s nerd wasn't hard enough.

9. Nintendo 64/PlayStation 1 Glove

This Velcro Glove
This Velcro Glove

Because the Power Glove was such a resounding success, later along came this wild peripheral. On screen motion, such as steering or walking, was controlled by moving your wrist, and allowed for one-handed gameplay. Which is, erm, useful in its own right. Though it was said to have worked fairly well, the N64 controller was divisive enough!

10. Namco Negcon

Only a few pros for the Negcon
Only a few pros for the Negcon

This little box of madness contained a swivelling centre that functions as another input for, say, steering a car in Ridge Racer or another racer. The controller was way ahead of its time and was deemed a failure, mainly because no-one bought it. But, out of everything on this list, I would honestly love to own this! What a design.

What's the craziest gaming peripheral you've seen or own?

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