Nintendo has been responsible for some major innovations when it comes to controllers — the NES D-pad, the N64 analogue stick, the Wii Remote — and Spanish artist Javier Laspiur has put together a photographic whistle-stop tour of the evolution of the game pad which shows just how vital the Kyoto firm's contributions have been.

Laspiur's artfully captured images show off controllers for other systems too, of course — Sega's Mega Drive and Sony's PlayStation feature — but it's impossible to ignore how Nintendo has moved the industry forward with its own efforts, and how rival hardware makers have subsequently imitated over the years.

You can check out the full set here, but below we've showcased the Nintendo systems only — there's no 3DS or Wii U, sadly.