Top Ten Video Game Controllers


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.

Held this in 2008 best controller ever - tbag

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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.

Better than Dualshock because of the D-Pad, analog sticks, buttons and it fits so well in the hands. Honorable mention goes to XBOX One.

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3 PlayStation 4 Controller PlayStation 4 Controller

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

I find it more comfortable than the others. Still getting used to buttons though - cdxtreme

Best PlayStation controller, hands down

I'm An Xbox 360 Player For Life But During the next gen switch I bought a PS4 Instead of an Xbox One Mainly for this reason! :)
Xbox 360 And PS4 Forever <3!

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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!

All you need!

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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

I like ps controllers. PS3 is the simplest - Harri666

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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

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

Okay fine it can be here but probably my least favorite controller out of all the Nintendo ones. - htoutlaws2012

This is a great controller. So much better than other motion controllers

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7 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.

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8 N64 Controller N64 Controller

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)

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

This sadly ditches the X and Y buttons

Xbox copied Nintendo on this controller I mean just look at them all together..😠 - tbag

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9 Xbox One Controller

Better than all the other Xbox controllers.

Aerogonomics is better than dualshock 4. And its bigger => better for an adult hands

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10 Genesis Controller Genesis Controller

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

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The Newcomers

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The Contenders

11 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

12 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

Yea kinda weird at times but yea good. - htoutlaws2012

13 Playstation 2 Controller Playstation 2 Controller

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

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14 NES Advantage Controller NES Advantage Controller

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

First popular turbo controller

15 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

16 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

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17 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

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18 Wii-U Pro Controller

Best controller for Wii u

Good Controller



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19 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"

Yea good hands. - htoutlaws2012

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20 Mega Drive Controller
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