Sure they did! There were TONS AND TONS of alternate controllers available for consoles produced by third parties. And I'm talking going as far back as the atari. As far as first party controllers, I...actually dont remember this myself,, but I'm sure they did. You kinda explained the logic yourself there. it was staged. It's kinda the same thinking as why a character in a show would do something illogical when the writers wrote it that way for plot convenience.