Simulation games are sometimes best enjoyed with special controllers, which is why a steering wheel is preferred for racing games and fishing games benefit from fishing rod controllers. (Or if you’re piloting a giant robot, maybe you need an enormous home battle station.) Now, via Kotaku, Nintendo Switch in Japan is getting a new train controller for use with the game Densha de Go!! Hashirou Yamanote Sen, the latest entry in a train simulator franchise that began in Japanese arcades in 1996. The “Densha De Go!! Dedicated One Handle Controller For Nintendo Switch” is the official name for the train controller, and it will retail for 14,850 yen (about $134) in Japan beginning Aug. 8.
The controller aims to provide high fidelity for a realistic train-maneuvering experience, with actual gears inside and a lever that locks into place. The result should be that you can intuitively shift gears without looking at the controller to see which gear you are in. However, as you can see, the train controller still contains typical Nintendo Switch buttons too, for straightforward play.
The odds of the Densha De Go!! Dedicated One Handle Controller For Nintendo Switch heading West, as well as the game itself, seem a bit low, which would put a damper on your train simulation experience. It’s a cool novelty all the same though. Let us know if you’d be intrigued to give it a go. For more cool stuff that might not leave Japan, check out these wild NES/Famicom keychains, or if you want to read some more about trains and Japan, check out the Super Nintendo World train.