The Great Controllers Of Our Time: A Debate
Part 2 - And this time, we've dragged along a friend
Mad Paddy O'Semtex: Nintendo 64 pad
I'm sorry to interrupt guys but you're both way off track...
I never got on with the original Megadrive controller, although I had a 3rd party one, (gamestar or something like that, I forget), that was truly excellent. It moulded to your hand far, far better, the D-pad was incredibly responsive and the buttons felt *just* right. Also the 6 button design added much versatility, and a slo-mo button just below start was quite a handy feature (most 3rd party devices throw on as a gimmick nowadays). The buttons were perfectly placed for any person. This is the only 3rd party controller I have ever preferred to the mainstream one.
The SNES controller was good, but it wasn't the first to feature shoulder buttons, infact a third party NES controller pipped it to the post, but the controller was shite and no NES games had any use for the extra buttons. If anyone wants to check I'll lend you it.
But enough pointing out foibles, the title of greatest controller surely must go to the eccentric but glorious N64 pad. The revolutionary trident design looked dumb, and it took me a few minutes to work out how you hold it for most games. The button layout was clear and concise, the only controller layout that can get away with 6 buttons, 2 shoulders, a trigger, a D-pad and an analogue stick. Ok, perhaps the left fork of the controller was superfluous in most games, but when it did come into play it was truly excellent in all respects. The analogue stick had exactly the right resistance, far better than Sony's feeble attempt; it was accurate and responsive allowing for precise control of speed and direction. Used in any configuration, the controller sat comfortably in one's hand, beaten only by Microsoft's original sidewinder pad.
Not Jo-Jo Fine: Sony Playstation Dual Shock
my answer to that is its superior evolved form of the SNES controller:
The Original Playstation Dual Analogue Controller.
what makes it so great (as if you had to ask)?