Way back in the day, before electric cars, before TV on your computer and before there were computers in our pockets, video game systems required their controllers to be connected to them via a long and often tangled piece of black cord. Not only that, a system was only capable of handling a common maximum of two controllers at a time (except for the Turbografx-16/PC-Engine, which only allowed one!). This wasn’t a big deal though, as almost every game was a single-player or two-player experience, meant to be enjoyed by yourself or by a friend.
Then came games that supported four players simultaneously, done so through the use of an accessory known as the “multitap”. The first to do this was NEC/Hudson soft, out of necessity to address the previously mentioned issue of their consoles’ (Turbografx-16/PC Engine) absence of a second controller port. As Hudson Soft produced one of the most famous 4-player games of the 8-bit and 16-bit eras – Bomberman – it makes sense that they would emerge as the masters of the multitap.
Which leads us to this #controllertuesday.
The Hudson Soft Super Multitap 2 aka the Bomberman head allows up to four player simultaneous play, and just happens to be shaped like Bomberman’s head. It’s adorable. And it works great. I love it. Now I just need to find three more friends…