- The Vectrex was the first console to use an analogue stick. Nintendo did not invent the analogue stick.
I love the Vectrex argument. How do you think people played on that controller?
I don't remember using 3 fingers to control my n64 analog stick, because it had grip and was designed to be used only by your thumb, while your other finger could be used on a trigger. The form factor and design is what made it almost an invention. Otherwise, what came before the Vectrex, I'd argue the rudder did. So did the shift stick. I mean this sounds as outlandish to you as the Vectrex does to me. I used to play tie fighter on a gravis joystick. When the N64 came out, I didn't even remotely think those two were related. Nobody did. That's why it was considered inventive.
It's at the very least innovative, if not ingenious. Putting two of those instead of 1 is innovative, but definitely not ingenious.