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).

As great as the Gamecube controller is, it's not perfect. I have big hands, and the handles are a bit too small for me. - thunderstar1124

Most classic controller ever - codgtamk34

Best controller ever! I've beaten luigis mansion over 100 times with one!

MELEE

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2 PlayStation 4 Controller PlayStation 4 Controller

Pretty good controller. It's very easy when playing a hard game - codgtamk34

Yes, it is comfortable, and anyone who says that he/she didn't find it comfortable, probably never has even touched it. - TriggerTrashKid

good

Even my friends who are Xbox guys say the ps4 controller is comfortable. - Stalin

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3 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.

Comfortable and effective

Best Xbox controller, but the XB1 controller is like what? - TriggerTrashKid

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

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4 Super Nintendo Controller Super Nintendo Controller

Super cool for its time - codgtamk34

It looks like a dumb controller but is nice. - TriggerTrashKid

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

Began the side bumbers

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5 PlayStation 3 Controller PlayStation 3 Controller

I love it, and the PS4 controller improved it. - TriggerTrashKid

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!

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.

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6 Wii Remote Wii Remote

The motion controls...! - TriggerTrashKid

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

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7 Playstation 2 Controller Playstation 2 Controller

Better than the ps3 controller in my opinion - codgtamk34

The most classical joypad ever!

Same as PS3, just less comfortable - TriggerTrashKid

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

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8 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

THE ULTIMATE OF ALL CONTROLLERS EVER EXIST

Worth the $70 it cost. Hands down best controller currently. - Floxoll

Best Nintendo controller, and is not an XB1 controller ripoff. - TriggerTrashKid

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.

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9 Wii U GamePad Wii U GamePad

It's good, but terrible battery - TriggerTrashKid

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.

Yes, it’s really big. Yes, the battery life is garbage, but everything else feels right about it. Since it’s big, it has justbthe right proportions for everything, and I just love those triggers

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

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10 N64 Controller N64 Controller

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

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)

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

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The Newcomers

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The Contenders

11 Xbox One Controller

What to say...? - TriggerTrashKid

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

Fits well in your hands

Better than all the other Xbox controllers.

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12 Genesis Controller Genesis Controller

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

It's good. - TriggerTrashKid

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

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13 NES Controller NES Controller

The new one for the Switch is WIRELESS! - TriggerTrashKid

Awesome - codgtamk34

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

14 NES Advantage Controller NES Advantage Controller

Okay... - TriggerTrashKid

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

First popular turbo controller

15 Dreamcast Controller Dreamcast Controller

Not that good. - TriggerTrashKid

The Dreamcast controller is my favorite.

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

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16 PlayStation Controller PlayStation Controller

Good. - TriggerTrashKid

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?

17 Sega Saturn Model 2

Underrated

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 Wii Classic Controller Pro Wii Classic Controller Pro

Best for the Wii! - TriggerTrashKid

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

19 Atari 2600 Controller Atari 2600 Controller

It's weird...the joystick! - TriggerTrashKid

Really good at it's time! - LightningStrike

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

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20 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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21 Nintendo 3DS Nintendo 3DS

It's an entire console - TriggerTrashKid

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 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.

Now, what's this?! - TriggerTrashKid

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.

24 Super Famicom Controller

Love it so much, so iconic. COLORFUL BUTTONS

This was on the ' list already!

25 Xbox Small Controller Xbox Small Controller

Better than that 'fat boy' - TriggerTrashKid

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.

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26 Joy-Con

Mediocre at times - TriggerTrashKid

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

Too useful

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 DualShock 1

Better than the first one. - TriggerTrashKid

Eh... its not that good

29 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

30 Mega Drive Controller

It's the same as the genesis controller - LightningStrike

31 Logitech G27 Steering Wheel with H-Shifter and Clutch
32 Sega Genesis 6-button Controller

Best for fighters. - Dominicmgm

33 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

34 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?

35 Atari 5200 Controller

Doesn't even work

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

36 3DO Controller
37 Atari Jaguar Controller
38 Xbox One Elite Controller

Best great epic epic

This will destroy you.

World revolutionary controller

39 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

40 Xbox "Duke" Controller

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

41 NES Power Glove

Whoever put this it's an idiot

42 Oculus Touch

They're fun! - TriggerTrashKid

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.

45 Philips CDI Controller

Underrated gem

46 NES "Dogbone" Controller
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