Game Alongside Your Cat on April Fools’ Day With Hori’s NYAN-CON Controller

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Hori planned a controller that will change the way we all enjoy games for April Fools’ Day 2020: the NYAN-CON. This purrpfect peripherial will be paired with a smartphone Quiz RPG titled Wizard and Black Cat Quiz, which is currently being produced by Colopl. The NYAN-CON will be released on February 2, 2222. [Thanks, Game Watch!]

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The NYAN-CON is for cats and the people who love them. The same can be said of Wizard and Black Cat Quiz, which even features a cat language option so us humans can experience gaming on a cat’s level. Hori really went all-in on this new controller; it’s not kitten around with the NYAN-CON. Finally, cats will be able to be on the cutting edge of animal gaming tech!

Additionally, this feline toy has some pretty solid specs and a twenty-five year warranty. It’s also wireless, meaning paws and claws won’t mangle the cables. Other features including silicon pads and up to 22 hours of battery life. Hori has even created some optional parts, including a cat tower and a floor lamp. Unfurtunately, there’s currently no information about how much this delightful device will cost.

Hori has also included seven functions to make this controller the cat’s meow. First, there’s the pliable materials, perfect for cats who like a good texture. Hori has also thought ahead to cats who might need to look their best, as the controller has an scratch board on the sides to hone those claws. There’s also a feature where cats can get some nice rice. However, please note that rice that’s left out might rot and can cause harm to your furry friend. 

Fun fact: the controller’s name is a pun in Japanese. In Japanese, cats say “nya”, instead of English’s “meow”. Similarly, in Japanese, “two” is pronounced “ni”. For many Japanese speakers, “nya” and “ni” are quite close in sound. This has spawned the now famous Neko no Hi, or Cat’s Day, which plays on the pronunciation February 22, which can be read as “nya nya nya,” versus reading it as “ni ni ni.” Hence the February 2, 2222 release date: it’s a pun that’s both claw-ful and puff-fect at the same time.

You can check out the NYAN-CON’s official website here, along with Wizard and Black Cat Quiz. Please note, however, that the NYAN-CON doesn’t actually exist. Happy April Fool’s Day, everyone.

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Mercedez Clewis
Mercedez is a former staff writer, Japanese to English translator and a glasses-wearing, cardigan-loving gamer with a passion for visual novels, Etrian Odyssey, and peaches. They'll be covering Japanese gaming news on the reg.