Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fan and mechanical engineer, Eric Heckman, came up with an electric idea to wire a taser to a GameCube controller, so he could shock himself while he played as the Pokémon fighter, Pichu.
In an email to Kotaku, Heckman explained how it's was a "pretty simple" design. Apart from the controller, system, and a copy of Smash Bros. on Switch, the components included an Arduino microcontroller, a relay switch and a cheap taser. The entire assembly took around two hours to wire, and the rest of the time was spent coding:
The controller has delays built in so that the taser activates at the same time Pichu takes damage within the game.
As noted, the whole invention relies on the electric mouse hurting itself (in-game) when it performs a special attack. This is all supposedly tied to the fact it's still learning how to control its electrical powers.
Heckman was unable to adjust the taser's voltage to match the power of each move, so he instead made it zap longer - depending on which move is executed. The taser also mimics the delivery of each attack. For example, Thunder Jolt is a brief shock, while the move Thunder unleashes a world of pain when the rumble motor movement is detected.
You can view more of this Eric's work over on his YouTube channel, Insert Controller Here. He's done various other experiments like this before if you feel like watching more. Else, take a look at the video at the top of this page to see his shocking play session with Pichu.
Do not attempt to recreate the device in the video above.
Wasted opportunity to not have done this with the Pichu PowerA controller.
The final smash puts you into cardiac arrest...
Not sure this article should be on here as some people might try to do the same thing :/
There needs to be a disclaimer do not do this at home, this is all kinds of dangerous.
Brilliantly stupid or brilliantly genius!
Every time I get KOed in this game I jump out of the window. It adds a depth and realism to the experience that the casual crowd don’t even know they’re missing.
Did this guy really just T-bag? yeah he deserves Alllllll the pain from that controller!
He's had too much self isolation.
This is not what we mean when you need to be one with your character in fighting games.
@Maxz You win.
Sounds like that episode of Pokémon where Ash battles Team Rocket for the Earth Badge and it’s set up so that both trainers feel every hit that their Pokémon takes. What an idiot.
Guy must be a masochist!
"Uh-Oh. It looks like Pichu can't use electric attacks without hurting themselves!" - The Narrator, Pikachu & Pichu short.
This would have been the perfect time to include a clickbait title.
"This Smash Bros. Controller Will SHOCK You"
What kind of sadomasochist crap is this?!
I’m so done with humanity.
Oh, so I'm not the only one who hates t-bagging.
Why is everyone reporting this?
Magnificent, but uh... why?
Why would you create a controller that could potentially kill you in real life?
HD Electrocution for Switch 2?
The answer to just about every "why" question on this thread or on any article of this nature is that doing weird things for an audience is and has long been entertainment and entertainment can be provided in exchange for resources and income.
This man plays a video game in a weird way, that gets people who find that interesting or funny to watch him play the video game in a weird way, companies pay YouTube money to put advertisements up along with the funny video game man and YouTube gives some of that money to the funny video game man. Funny video game man can exchange that money for desired goods and resources.
@Dodger You're so smart, bro.
ohhh F bomb in there
I'm going to try this, but I'll just wire the controller to the wall outlet.
@ComposedJam : I'm not endorsing PowerA controllers; I'm merely questioning why the guy in the video is using a Pikachu-themed PowerA when the very same controller in a Pichu variant is also available.
Christ, I would not have published this article. Yikes. It doesn't matter what disclaimers you put, some idiot is gonna try to do this. Rather have less people do it than more.
If anyone is dumb enough to do this they deserve to die.
I'll bet Sony is planning on putting this kind of tech in their PS5 controller for the enhanced immersion. I'll always be a Nintendo fan, but I gotta say that Sony has really taken immersion to the next level these past few weeks with this real life playable teaser for Last of Us II.
Science of stupidity.
@CooperFrank yeah, i mean all t-baggers go to hell anyways, but they still upset me.
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