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We tested some of the most popular options, from simple Xbox controllers to retro replicas and expensive Bluetooth-enabled gamepads, to figure out which are worth your money. After searching through forums, blog posts, and Amazon reviews, I narrowed down my search to a mixture of controller types, from new and modern to old school replicas.
Hundreds of other generic options are available, most serving as replicas for SNES, NES, or Genesis, but the reviews are so poor for the bulk of them that I decided to skip them. I also decided to skip NES-replicas since the two button layout limits what you can play.
For testing, I played a bunch of different games for several hours using each controller. I chose Ninja Gaiden because it requires fast response time from the buttons and the directional pad, while Super Street Fighter II is one of the rare games that uses all six buttons on a controller and requires dexterity with the d-pad.
Every controller I tested worked with every operating system I tested it on, though I had some setup quirks with some of the Bluetooth controllers. Through all my tests, there was one controller that not only felt the best for me, but also comes recommended from a variety of sources: the Buffalo Classic USB Gamepad.
The buttons have been resilient and continue to work just as they did when I first opened the box.
The Tomee controller feels poorly made and after a couple hours of use the buttons started to squeak and feel mushy. I also tested the Hyperkin Genesis controller.
This was the only Genesis-inspired controller I could find with decent reviews. The six face buttons feel good, but the d-pad is stiffer than the original Genesis controller. If you want or need to go wireless, then the 8BitDo line of Bluetooth gamepads are well constructed, albeit luxury options.
The buttons and d-pad are much more clicky than the originals and they all feel more like a modern controller. From my experience the quality of controller extends to all their options.
If you have large hands, these are uncomfortable to hold. That includes the awkwardly placed and weirdly sized analog joystick, which bounces back into place with a satisfying, but odd, rubber band effect, just like on the original controller.
The slow response time on the d-pad makes it hard to get through a single level in a game like Ninja Gaiden. The directional pad is well suited for 2D games, while the analog sticks are perfect to 3D games as well.
The DualShock 4 wins for me for a variety of reasons, but the main one is the d-pad. The buttons are responsive and the spongy click of each individual pad feels more like a classic controller than the other options I tested.
The aforementioned SNES30 Pro also fits into this section just as much as the previous, but falls short with 3D games. If you only plan on playing Nintendo 64 games, the RetroLink controller does an admirable job of replicating the feel of the weird Nintendo 64 controller, though the single analog stick makes it completely useless for games on any other console.
The analog thumbsticks feel tight, the face buttons are a little too big, and the input drop is too deep. This means it requires a little too much force to press a button in, which causes problems with any game that requires precise timing. The controller itself is also oddly shaped, feeling something like a mashup of both the Xbox controller and the DualShock.
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