Top Ten Video Game Controllers

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The Top Ten

1 Gamecube Controller Gamecube Controller The GameCube controller is the standard controller for the GameCube video game console. The controller has 2 control sticks (a control stick and the C-stick), 4 action buttons (A, B, X and Y), 2 triggers (L and R), a shoulder button (Z) and the Start/Pause button (what it does is self-explanatory).

If there's at least anything completely undeniable about this little beast is that its controller is the king of kings. Also my opinion the best analog stick on a controller of all time. Also, I love how the buttons actually have shapes so I can know what button I'm actually pressing. Similar to how I know the buttons I press on a PlayStation controller. Shapes and symbols beat letters any day. No game I ever played on this system I ever had a problem with. Beats Xbox 360 controller because the D-Pad on the Xbox is awful awful awful. Only little gripe for Gamecube controller is the C analog stick is kinda tiny. 10/10. Xbox 360 is right behind at like a 9.8/10. - Zeebs

The analog sticks, the only main nintendo controller with analog triggers (perfect for racing games), the clever tetris placed buttons (superior than diamond shape in my opinion). The grips are awesome but, the 360 controller is awesome too (i prefer asymmetrical sticks, are more natural for me). In general, the gamecube controller is a masterpiece.

Nothing compares to the use of this controller since 2001 and now in 4 consoles. The Great N created this masterpiece after the disaster of the alien designed n64 controller and that control stick (the first in gaming) that gets damage all the time.

The Best.

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2 Xbox 360 Controller Xbox 360 Controller The Xbox 360 controller is the primary controller for the Microsoft Xbox 360 video game console and was introduced at E3 2005. The Xbox 360 controller comes in both wired and wireless versions.

You can whine and be a hipster and say " the SNES was best controlz ever", but with the 360 controller, you can't quite deny the all round perfectness. Now I'm actually a 90% PC gamer, and for games when controller suits best, such as Assassin's Creed, my trusty 360 controller is always there. The controller (at least when intact), feels really tight to use. The analog sticks snap back firmly and quickly as soon as you release them and their easy to maneuver and the actually sticks are comfortable to place your thumbs on. The shape of the controller is really comfortable to hold in your hands with some nice curves which just feel so natural. Also the left analog is swapped with the DPAD directional buttons, which, for most games, is a lot easier to reach the analog stick without strain, but fighting games are a little more tricky, although I've never known a fighting game to stop you from using the analog stick as movement as well. The triggers are really nice, spongy, and ...more

Ok you may argue the gamecube was better overall, but for FPS it's so much fun to have a must get controller - htoutlaws2012

I like the Xbox 360 because is so simple to control it, I think it's the best controller among all controllers.

Ya boi

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3 PlayStation 4 Controller PlayStation 4 Controller

It looms good, It feels good, and it responds good nintendo controllers look good and are well responsive but they take finger positioning to get used to so I have to say this one

The trigger and analog sticks are amazing to me ps is the best

This is easily the culmination of the best of what has come before and whats new and modern. Easily #1

This has been a refinement over 2 decades and you can feel it. The DS4 actually feels simple and easy to fold your hands around, giving you effortless accessibility to all the buttons with minimum effort.

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4 Super Nintendo Controller Super Nintendo Controller

Just nice and simple and classic. That's all I need!

Yea it's pretty good. - htoutlaws2012

Super famicom is better, because colorful buttons!

Began the side bumbers

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5 PlayStation 3 Controller PlayStation 3 Controller

Dude. The joysticks also work as buttons. In Minecraft, you press the left joystick to change your view (I'm used to the third-person view) and press the right joystick to fly down or crouch.

This controller fit my hand perfect, better than any other controller I've ever used, and I have over 20 different consoles.

There all the same controllers so it's a tie for the same spot - htoutlaws2012

This controller is perfect! Putting the joysticks on the bottom feels more comfortable for me, and the d-pad being 4 close together buttons is better, and the triggers on the back respond great!

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6 Wii Remote Wii Remote

The best motion controller around, but if you're not playing a motion controlled game, then this thing really just makes playing games harder than it should be. The buttons are awkwardly-placed, the D-pad is tiny as hell, and the feel of it is just uncomfortable and weird. Trying to play Super Smash Bros. with this thing has been nothing but a huge pain in the ass. Then there was the ridiculous steering peripheral for Mario Kart, which actually just made it harder to drive compared to just using an analog stick or D-Pad to steer. - Mcgillacuddy

Wiimote: I love this controller. It has the best motion controls out there! Even Nintendo was so creative that in some games, (ex. Mario Kart Wii, Super Smash Bros, etc.) you turn it sideways like it's a NES controller or something. Best controller ever!

Nunchuck: Okay, the reason why I like this one is because it gives you more buttons, (Joystick, C, Z) so it makes Super Smash Bros easier to understand. Also, you NEED it for some games. I like it because you can actually hold all 3 buttons at once.

Classic Controller Pro: I haven't used it, OR EVEN SEEN IT AT STORES YET! So right now, I know nothing about it except that it makes it an actual controller. I think the one with the grips looks better. How about you?

Why is this last and Xbox 360 controller 1st? Should be the other way around. the Xbox 360 d-pad is really bad and if an Xbox controller was to be first then it would be the xbox one controller

- Harri666

The motion controls are pretty good and much tether then ps move and other motion controllers. It's pretty good after you get used to it. It is very comfortable for me.

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7 N64 Controller N64 Controller

Some people don't like it I thought it was a good controller other than that middle button to move which looks like a dong lol. It's good to me! - htoutlaws2012

I've never played on it before but it looks like one of the least comfortable controllers I've ever seen (2nd to the Xbox fat controller)

I like this controller, except for the analog stick. But hey, it's really good for it's time - LightningStrike

Did Nintendo realize that people had 2 hands and not 3?

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8 Wii U GamePad Wii U GamePad

Despite that is too big and have a poor battery life, it's really kind of useful, responsive, accurate and it finally got the pressing joysticks.

It seemed to be completely useless due to its large size but it actually feels very natural and the button placement is very simple. - Mcgillacuddy

Its very nice, especially the control sticks.
2 main problems:

1. when you shake it, it rattles, which is very irritating.

2. if you break it, you have to pay a minimum of $130 for a new one.

It may be bulky, but the buttons are all very responsive and feel good. It’s also very comfortable in the hands.

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9 Playstation 2 Controller Playstation 2 Controller

You people are idiots. WHY IS THIS 27! Deserves top 10 - ckets4769

2nd best ps controller

10 Genesis Controller Genesis Controller

Needs more than 3 buttons, and start should not be above the abc buttons

This thing is very uncomfortable to hold and doesn't have enough buttons

Yea that's about right. - htoutlaws2012

This controoler is very comfortable for my hands and the layout and amount of buttons is really good for it's time! - LightningStrike

The Newcomers

? Philips CDI Controller

Underrated gem

The Contenders

11 Xbox One Controller

*Insert facepalm here shouldn't be top 10 - htoutlaws2012

Fits well in your hands

Better than all the other Xbox controllers.

The Xbox One controller to me is the definitive video game controller. Improving on the already great Xbox 360 controller the Xbox One controller does everything you would want a controller to do 0 gimmicks just flawless functionality.

The Xbox One controller has the best layout of any controller and everything is an ideal size for gamers of all ages, the triggers are some of the best I have ever came across and are perfect for both racing and fps titles as they just feel so natural to push.

The only downside I can find is the fact it takes AA batteries as standard instead of an internal rechargeable battery, however packs are easy and cheap enough to buy.

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12 NES Controller NES Controller

Very good, could be a little less rough around the edges, though

I would place this in the top 10 easily over the Wii or XB1 controller. - htoutlaws2012

13 Dreamcast Controller Dreamcast Controller

Small buttons, slippery control stick, awkward triggers, but its still usable

I grew up with a rubber stick, so it was better for me - cdxtreme

The Dreamcast controller is my favorite.

Yea kinda weird at times but yea good. - htoutlaws2012

14 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller took everything that was ever good about the Nintendo Gamecube Controller, and perfected it, increased its build quality and made ergonomics the number 1attribute. It feels so nice in the hand, the gyroscope motion controls are absolutely perfect for games like Splatoon, and the buttons are sized perfectly right. This is the best controller ever made.

Easily the best Nintendo Controller since the Gamecube controller - thunderstar1124

Pricey but good. - MaxPap

Better than dreamcast

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15 NES Advantage Controller NES Advantage Controller

Built with a lot of quality, is very hard to break

First popular turbo controller

16 Wii Classic Controller Pro Wii Classic Controller Pro

2nd best controller for wii

I have one its good but the rounded corners make it bad for your hands and after long gaming sessions your hand gets really sore. But the wii is last gen so its we can't really complain. Overall its not a bad controller. It's better than using the nunchuck and wiimote at least

So much better than the old classic controller. that one was like holding a bar of soap

17 Sega Saturn Model 2

Be sure to pick up the Japanese version of the controller because I've heard it's amazing. - PerfectImpulseX

This controller has everything you need basically.

This has the best 2D game pad in existance

18 PlayStation Controller PlayStation Controller

The one that started it all with the white color controller it was not too bad the moving in a few games are quite weird but fine controller. - htoutlaws2012

No joysticks?

19 Wii-U Pro Controller

This controller SUCKS. We got it and tried to play Mario Kart 8 with it, and every time we used it, our karts would slow down at random times. It is a piece of junk that lasted five minutes. Do NOT spend your money on it.

One of the most comfortable controllers I've ever used and I love the button placement, 2 sticks on top is outstanding, just like the gamepad, and the battery beats every controller on this list, 80 hours!

Best controller for Wii u

Good Controller

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20 Atari 2600 Controller Atari 2600 Controller

About as simple as a classic video game controller can be

This thing is really good! the only downside I can think of is sometimes if I need to use the trigger button and the joystick my hands can get uncomfortable after a while

" a way to move, and a way to do a thing"

Really good at it's time! - LightningStrike

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21 Nintendo 3DS Nintendo 3DS

Guys, think new nintendo 2ds xl. definitely the best handheld controller of all time. Gamecube deserves number one and I'm glad its up there

22 PC Engine Controller
23 Xbox Small Controller Xbox Small Controller

A big improvement over the Big duke controller that was originally launched in 2001, a few years later this controller was a much better at handling to it's previous one. - htoutlaws2012

Please tell me this controller doesn't exist - Harri666

It's actually called Xbox ST.

Hey... its not the duke controller. thank god

24 Mega Drive Controller

It's the same as the genesis controller - LightningStrike

25 Super Famicom Controller

Love it so much, so iconic. COLORFUL BUTTONS

This was on the ' list already!

26 Steam Controller Steam Controller The Steam Controller is a game controller developed by Valve Corporation. The controller is designed not only for games developed for controller users, but also for games traditionally played with keyboard and mouse controls so that they can be played through the controller.

Good controller but really expensive. Its good for a pc. But other than than this controller isn't that good. It doesn't even have any analog sticks, I mean come on. And why is there a touch pad anyway. Who uses a touch pad. No offense to the ps4 controller.

27 Nintendo Switch Joycon Grip

Too small. If Mario Kart 8 deluxe did not have auto accelerate, I would not play the game because of how uncomfortable it is, but using two of them is pretty good.

totes

28 Joy-Con

This is cooler than a Wii remote deserves to be No. 1

Too useful

29 DualShock 1

Eh... its not that good

30 Xbox One Elite Controller

This will destroy you.

World revolutionary controller

31 Wii Bowling Ball

I have accidentally thrown this ball at the T.V. many times, and on none of those occasions have I broken the ball or the T.V.. I play almost all of my games on it and I couldn't be happier.10/10 would play again

32 Logitech G27 Steering Wheel with H-Shifter and Clutch
33 Atari 5200 Controller

Doesn't even work

WHO PUT THIS?! This is 2nd worst controller ever made, only beaten with pover glove by Nintendo!

34 NES Power Glove

Whoever put this it's an idiot

35 Sega Genesis 6-button Controller

Best for fighters. - Dominicmgm

36 Xbox 360 Steering Wheel

Sounds like a rip off of the wii wheel - Harri666

Harri666: I have an Xbox steering wheel and it is very good. And it also responds very well. Plus it looks nothing like the Wii wheel

37 Virtual Boy Controller

We can all agree the virtual boy sucked. But the controller was pretty good! I honestly wouldn't be mad if they came back to this design

If you've ever used one you'd know how awesome and comfortable it is. IT HAS DUAL DPADS! HOW COOL IS THAT?

38 3DO Controller
39 Atari Jaguar Controller
40 Wii Classic Controller

A pretty neat design which sadly has no additions made for the back, yet is pretty much the last wired controller from Nintendo

41 Xbox "Duke" Controller

Whoever put this controller on this list needs to get a life

42 Oculus Touch

The Oculus Touch controllers are some of the most comfortable game controllers I’ve used - Supergameplayer

43 U-Force

It good.

44 DK Bongos

An innovative yet simple piece of technology. It took everything about the GameCube controller and pushed too even grander heights by putting it on a plastic bongo so even your three-year-old brother would understand. The 2 drums feel good to slap and the clap sensors are extremely responsive. 10/10 best controller.

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