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).

This is the best controller I have ever felt in my life! Amazing! My only problems are that the d-pad is absolutely useless and barely works, and playing SNES on virtual console is damn near IMPOSSIBLE because of the distance between B and Y. However, the control stick and c-stick are amazing, and the buttons and shoulder buttons feel incredibly satisfying and well worth it. I also understand the emphasis on the A button, since that's the button that most used in games (except SNES games, as I mentioned).

Sleek, ergonomic, and easy to master. The different-sized buttons made it even more intuitive than Microsoft's similar-looking controllers.

Best controller ever

Melee Melee Melee

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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.

Sleek slick cold amazing beautiful

Using the PS3/PS4 controller as a direct comparison, the left analog stick placement feels way more natural to me than the Playstation's arrangement, and I feel like the slightly meatier build is more comfortable for an adult user.

This the best!

Comfortable and effective

12 Comments
3 PlayStation 4 Controller PlayStation 4 Controller

This thing has like 4-5 hours of battery life. How pathetic. - HaloFanboy

Pretty good controller I even have one at home. I'm just 10

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

good

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4 Super Nintendo Controller Super Nintendo Controller

This Controller literally invented how modern controllers are built, with that 4 button layout and the shoulder buttons

Such a good controller

Ah, the good ol dog boner controller - ZSC1323

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

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5 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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6 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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7 PlayStation 3 Controller PlayStation 3 Controller

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

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

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8 Xbox One Controller

30 hours of battery life. Nice. - HaloFanboy

Perfection!

What to say...? - TriggerTrashKid

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

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9 Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

Like an improved X-Box One controller with better battery life. - ZSC1323

40 hours of battery life. Nice. - HaloFanboy

Better to use than those tiny Joycons

THE ULTIMATE OF ALL CONTROLLERS EVER EXIST

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10 Playstation 2 Controller Playstation 2 Controller

It's alright I guess not very original

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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The Newcomers

? Keyboard and Mouse
? DualShock 2

The Contenders

11 N64 Controller N64 Controller

I love it. So weird it totally works out. - ZSC1323

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)

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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

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 Dreamcast Controller Dreamcast Controller

Simply the best of all.

Not that good. - TriggerTrashKid

The Dreamcast controller is my favorite.

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

2 Comments
15 NES Advantage Controller NES Advantage Controller

Okay... - TriggerTrashKid

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

First popular turbo controller

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 Wii Classic Controller Pro Wii Classic Controller Pro

It's probably the best controller for 2d gaming period.

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

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18 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

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 Sega Saturn Model 1 Controller Sega Saturn Model 1 Controller
24 Super Famicom Controller

Love it so much, so iconic. COLORFUL BUTTONS

This was on the ' list already!

25 Xbox "Duke" Controller Xbox

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

26 Xbox Small Controller Xbox Small Controller

Better than that 'fat boy' - TriggerTrashKid

What's wrong with the Duke Controller? What did it ever do to you? - GehennaTheSecond

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

So your one of the few that likes this? Fair enough I respect your take. - htoutlaws2012

Please tell me this controller doesn't exist - Harri666

It's actually called Xbox ST.

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27 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.

28 Joy-Con

Mediocre at times - TriggerTrashKid

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

Too useful

29 Sega Genesis 6-button Controller

Best for fighters. - Dominicmgm

30 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

31 Xbox One Elite Controller

Best great epic epic

This will destroy you.

World revolutionary controller

32 DualShock 1

Better than the first one. - TriggerTrashKid

Eh... its not that good

33 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

34 Mega Drive Controller

It's the same as the genesis controller - LightningStrike

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

Doesn't even work

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

39 3DO Controller
40 Atari Jaguar Controller
41 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

42 NES Power Glove

Whoever put this it's an idiot

43 Oculus Touch

They're fun! - TriggerTrashKid

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

44 U-Force

It good.

45 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.

46 Philips CDI Controller

Underrated gem

47 NES "Dogbone" Controller
48 NJS-3D1
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