Originally Posted by Retro-Nerd
Super Mario = Mass marketing = a lot of casual gamers with opinions too.
Here on EAB you also find gamer with a deep computer/console background, they played the classics since the late 70s/early 80s and have preferences.
The most computer games were designed for are Joystick control and worked fine at that time. I'm a fan of "button jumping" games too, no doubt. A pad suits Super Mario perfectly , but NOT a Lionheart or a Turrican. The programmer prefered a joystick control and indeed a pad isn't suitable here.
There is no real truth. Eat it or not.
I doubt that most computer games were designed for a joystick,yes many were in the 70's and early 80's, but don't forget a hell of a lot game and watches (and simpler rip-offs) were sold at the time and once the ATARI 2600 died, Nintendo and Sega dominated, and that meant joypads.
I never said that ALL games play better with joypad, but i've found that many original joystick games play better with a joypad. Super star dust is better with a joystick as well, but its even more playable with analogue thumbstick. Sensi soccer is a dream on winuae with a thumbstick. Both can be picked up far quicker than playing with a joystick. My 11 year old son is testamanet to that.