Video Game Controllers for Arthritic Hands

My mom wants to play video games. She‘s mentioned The Legend of Zelda, Pac-Man, and Super Mario Brothers. The problem she’s facing is she‘s 70 and has arthritic hands. She can no longer play the piano without her fingers hurting, and any controller with small buttons isn’t going to work.

Any recommendations? If not, can someone on this board please find a solution to this problem? I've been warning people for years that elderly people are going to want to games, and not the movement stuff that came on the wii.

The only solution I can think of right now is if she were to use a 8bitduo fighting stick and play NES games using the Switch Online service.

Bit of an investment but you could get a Brook Wingman for Switch

And connect a PS or Xbox accessibility controller to it

@“Chopemon”#p145781 I have a friend that is a pwd. He went to playstation hq and xbox too to test their accessibility controllers, he said that the xbox one is better for pressing buttons

@“marxseny”#p145794 I imagine it is. Really like the look of the Sony one thought.


@“bwood”#p145763 8bitduo fighting stick

That's what I was going to recommend.

Thanks for the replies.

I'm trying to figure out the best setup for her. It's a bit tough because she lives on the other side of the country, but we'll figure it out.

I swear, this is a deficit in the gaming industry that is bound to become mainstream sooner rather than later. If someone could create special game controllers for issues like arthritis (not paddles, Tim, sorry) and the controllers were easily available in a Target or Wal-Mart and affordable, they'd eventually become an integral part of the industry.

@“bwood”#p145762 A friend of mine uses one of these Azeron Cyborg and swears by how easy it is to set up and also use with very tiny movements. Combined with a second controller and some mapping you have a set up, granted on PC only as far as I know, that would allow very minimal movements and access to many buttons.

Did a bit of hunting and found this page: [Able Gamers]( who may also be able to give you some advice depending on the severity of your mums condition.

@“Tom of the Fog”#p145896 Thank you so much!

And thank you everyone for chiming in.