Salloumi I worked out with a friend (we studied latin together) that if such a word existed, it would logically be onomatographia.
Thanks! That does seem legit.
TracyDMcGrath That real estate could have been spent on putting another whole face button on the controller, a la the Genesis (or Batrider), but no. We instead got a button that is so awkward to press that its main use was to select 2 player mode at the load up menu, something that the dpad was much more suited for anyway.
Many of you surely know the trivia that follows, but it might be relatively little known if one didn’t pay close attention to the PC Engine’s rollercoaster of a hardware & accessories legacy: Nec and Hudson quickly realized their mistake with the
SELECT button, as more and more companies would start using either
RUN as a third action button.
This became a widespread problem with arcade ports as the new industry-wide JAMMA standard, established pretty much concurrently with the release of the PC Engine circa 1987, adopted 3 action buttons as their standard. I am pretty certain that is what motivated Sega, singularly involved in both the arcade and console businesses at the time, to go for the
ＡＢＣ buttons on the Mega Drive one year later. “Arcade Perfect”!
And so, even before NEC and Hudson eventually caved into the Street Fighter II craze like Sega and released the Avenue Pad 6 in 1993…
… They had already released another evolutionary “upgrade” to the PC Engine controller, the Avenue Pad 3, in January 1991.
The trick comes from the leftmost switch, which cleverly allows the players to allocate a different role to the button
III depending on each game. It can either be turned off, act as
SELECT or act as
RUN. If you have a grasp of the major PC Engine games released in 1991 and 1993, you’ll surely see the value of this helpful switch.
In 1992, to drive the point home on its usefulness for arcade conversions, NEC Avenue even bundled their own (impressive) port of Forgotten Worlds – which absolutely needs two rotation buttons and a fire button – with an Avenue Pad 3.