Here we have a controller that was release by ASCII for the Playstation 1 versions of the Resident Evil series. This controller was release around the same time as Resident Evil 2, hence the very recognisable image on the front of the box.
However the instructions inform you as well as working for Resident Evil 2 it is also compatible with Resident Evil 1 and Resident Evil 1 Director’s Cut. In fact there is no reason why this controller can’t be used with Resident Evil 3 as well. Included is the box the controller came in, as well as the multi-language instruction manual and registration card.
Having tried out this controller it does take a bit of getting use to, however with some practice it becomes a useful peripheral. Unusually all the shoulders buttons are now located in the middle of the controller above the Start and Select buttons.
The right hand side includes a “Gun Grip” with trigger, which has “Resident Evil” printed on the handle.
Locating a controller to buy shouldn’t prove too hard, however finding one boxed with instructions and registration card might prove much more difficult. I paid £15 (inclusive of postage and packing) for this controller from an ebay auction, and this also included a mint copy of the Platinum version of Resident Evil 2. This is a great price for both items and was probably down to the item description not specifying that the controller was the ASCII’s Resident Evil type. Expect to pay over £10 for the controller on its own and over £20 if you are lucky to find a boxed one complete with instructions and registration card. Also be aware that postage for this item would normally be relatively high, so pay attention to any delivery costs.