Poll: Pick the Best Console Controllers of All Time

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By: Chris Hodges, editor-in-chief

I thought it was about time we try to get a handle on what were the best console controllers ever made. We’re sticking with first-party, “default” controllers for this list, meaning that they were bundled with the hardware at some point as that console’s main, official controller. I only included controllers from multiple regions if there was a major difference beyond just cosmetic or very minor physical changes. As usual, feel free to write in your favorite if it isn’t on this list, and I won’t forbid the inclusion of non-default controllers like the Wavebird or the Wii U Pro Controller and will consider them if they get enough votes–let’s just stick with first-party stuff (and controllers that were made for more than just a couple games) in order to keep things manageable, eh? If you do write something in, try and describe it as best you can (or better yet, link a picture of it or website about it) so I know exactly which one you’re talking about.

Choose up to three controllers from the list below (or two and a write-in).


3 thoughts on “Poll: Pick the Best Console Controllers of All Time

  1. For me, the N64 pad was perfect when it was released. It was hailed at the time as brilliant, although I’ve seen modern gamers are massively conflicted by it. At the time, a lot of folks failed to realise you were allowed to hold the middle prong as well, rather than stretching your thump out from the left prong to move the analogue stick.

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