Finally, A Great e3!!!

The last 2 or three e3’s have been more or less disappointing. But at long last, this year was different!

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The first conference I saw was Ubisoft, and they had lots of exciting announcements, most notable the Mario/Rabids crossover known as Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, which looks awesome, and the completely unique game Skull & Bones. Fans of the Assassin’s Creed series will be excited for the new Egypt based game. See it all here.

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Next up was Sony. There conference was great because there was hardly any talking and they just played trailer after trailer, which makes me wish they just made a video like Nintendo to keep the flow going better.

But anyway, they basically showed the same games they showed at last years e3, but with much longer trailers/gameplay. And this was fine with me, for they showcased a lot of great looking games, most notable for me was Days Gone and the PS4 exclusive Spider-Man. I can’t wait to play those two games! Check it all out here.

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But the most amazing part about e3 by far was Nintendo’s “Spotlight” video presentation. Anyone who said the Switch doesn’t have a lot of software has now been proven wrong. They announced a whole slew of new titles for both this year and next, guaranteeing two years of great games. Yoshi, Kirby, Metroid, Mario will all be making appearances, to name a few. You can check out everything in detail here.

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They are the only ones I saw in detail, but Microsoft revealed a few new games and the brand spanking new, powerful consoles Xbox One X. You can watch the conference here.

It was a great showcase, and I am very excited to be a gamer right now.

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The Console Wars: Prices

For the past few weeks, I have been creating the ultimate Console War, pitting all the big consoles from all the big names in multiple fights against one another in “out of the norm” ways. Check out the intense war so far here via the links.

This week I shall be ranking the mighty consoles by their original release price. After all, pricing is super important when considering buying a console. Things get a little murky due to inflation and all that, but I will focus on the price it was when it released at that time, and only will I factor in inflation when there is a tie.

I will be using American retail prices.

All Nintendo consoles are in red text, Atari in orange, Sony in black, Sega in blue, and Microsoft in green

Let us begin.

#22 PlayStation 3- $499-$599

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This console had a ludicrous price. $499 for a 20 GB system, or for another $100, you could get 60 GB. It’s high price led to very poor sales for the first few years of it’s life. It came with Motor Storm though, a sub par racing game.

I waited until many years later to get my PS3, a 200 GB slim version for just $300. Companies do like to rip us off initially, don’t they?

#21 Xbox One- $499

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This is another huge price tag. Though everyone was expecting it to be this price, and it came with the Kinect, so I guess it was an okay price. But still, it’s high cost deterred a lot of people from buying it.

#20 Sega Saturn-$399

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I don’t know what Sega was thinking. I don’t remember when this even came out, like the late 90’s I think. Never has anything cost this much before. This was a huge price for the time. I guess the company was overly desperate to make money. This console didn’t do so well, and the price probably had a lot to do with it. This was just another bad decision in a long string of them that unfortunately led to Sega’s downfall.

Now seeing as this is not the only console with a $399 cost, it is ranked the lowest due to its inflation, which would mean it would cost $630.58 today. Plus it was just such a ludicrous price.

#19 PlayStation 4-$399

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For a console of this generation in the modern market, its price isn’t too horrible, especially since everyone thought it would be higher. But it seems Sony learned from their mistakes with the PS3. Still a high priced item in my opinion.

With inflation, this system would now cost $412.52, making it less expensive than the Saturn. But for a nearly brand new system, that increase is rather depressing to see.

#18 Xbox 360- $299-$399

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This console had two versions. The more expensive one came with a 20 GB hard drive, while the cheaper didn’t have one at all. That’s a hefty difference for such a small amount of space. But it’s lower price helped put it way ahead of the PS3.

#17 Wii U-$299-$349

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Though this console was cheaper than it’s two competitors, it did not help with its sales. The cheaper version of the console was colored white and came with an 8 GB memory.

The more expensive  was black and came with 32 GB of memory and the game Nintendo Land, which was sold separately for $60. Compared to other consoles on this list, they give you a lot more, for a lot less when it comes to the less expensive vs. more expensive versions.

#16 PlayStation-$299

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This was a high price point for 1995, but compared to the Saturn, it looked reasonable. Still, I am shocked it sold as well as it did. With inflation, this console would cost $472.54.

#15 PlayStation 2-$299

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Wow what a great box…Anyway, the PS2 was released at the same price as it’s predecessor…not bad for a significantly better console. With inflation, it would cost $418.21 today.

#14 Xbox-$299

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The same price as PS1 and 2, but with inflation, it would cost $406.63. For a brand new company entering the market, I would say the price was a bit high, though it was on par with PS2.

#13 Nintendo Switch-$250-$300

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This is a shady one, as it has not come out yet. Though many rumors and a European site posting it for preorder suggest the price to be around here. The higher price is rumored to come bundled with a game. This certainly seems around the price for a Nintendo console, so it is not hard to believe.

#12 Atari 5200-$269

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This was really expensive for 1982…like really expensive. I guess Atari thought they could get away with it after the success of the 2600.

#11 Jaguar-$249

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This was a pretty high price for 1993, though for what the console could do, it was fair enough. Today, this sucker would cost $440.33.

#10 Wii-$249

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This price was ridiculously lower than it’s two competitors, and gave me hope that consoles have not all reached ridiculous prices. It’s significantly lower price most likely attributed to it’s high sales. With inflation, it would cost $297.48. It also came with Wii Sports.

#9 Sega Master System-$200

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About what you would expect for a price at the time of its release.

#8 Atari 2600-$199

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And so begins the long line of $199 consoles. Atari sort of set the bar with this price. Nowadays, it would cost $790.92. F$#k inflation.

#7 Nintendo Entertainment System-$199

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Next up is the NES, it’s price inflated to$445.44. For the price, the game also came with Super Mario Bros.

#6 Super Nintendo Entertainment System-$199

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This game came packaged with Super Mario World. Today it would cost $351.91.

#5 Nintendo 64-$199

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This was the cheapest of its generation. Today it would cost $305.48.

#4 Dreamcast-$199

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This was a great price in a market full of rising prices. It would cost us $287.69 now though.

#3 Gamecube-$199

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This is the last of the $199 consoles. It is the newest of these, thus inflation hasn’t had as much time to work it’s dark magic on it. It would be $270.64 right now.

#2 Sega Genesis-$189

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This console stayed under in price just a bit from the SNES, but it didn’t come with a game, so it was actually a lesser value overall. But not for this list!

#1 Atari 7800-$139

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And here it is, the cheapest console on this list, and the cheapest console ever made really…as far as cartridge loading, multi-game consoles are concerned. I guess the company realized they really flobbed up with the pricing of the 5200 and sought to remedy it with this extremely low price. Whatever the reason, it has earned it the number one spot in this war.

But let’s see who the true winner is, the company with the most in the top 10!

Microsoft and Sony have come up short with 0 for each of them…serves em right, those money grabbing jerk bubbles!

Atari comes in next with 2 in the top 10.

Sega is the runner up with 3.

Nintendo leads the pack again with 5. Not hard to do when you have double the consoles than all the other companies, but still. They are earning their wins nonetheless. Thank you Nintendo for always looking out for our wallets!

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The Console Wars: Appearances

I’ve already pitted the biggest companies in gaming against their names and controllers. Now it is time to do battle against the physical appearance of the consoles, in my on going “Console Wars” series to see what company did what best by looking at obscure things and not sales. So let’s find out who makes the prettiest consoles. Looks aren’t everything, but in this post, they are.

Note that I am only looking at the original models that were released for each console.

Fun fact- All Nintendo consoles are in red text, Atari in orange, Sony in black, Sega in blue, and Microsoft in green…Yeehaw!

#22 Atari 2600

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This is an ugly box with a bunch of switches. To be fair, it’s style sort of matched old TVs from back when this was made. But today, it is not at all visually appealing.

#21 Atari 5200

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While this is much better looking than it’s predecessor, it was still a giant hunk of ugly.

#20 PlayStation

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I’m guessing Nintendo designed this before dropping their partnership with Sony. It has the same ugly grey color as Nintendo’s first two consoles. I really hate how this console looks. It just appears so cheap and meager.

#19 Super Nintendo Entertainment System

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This is what I was talking about with PlayStation. It is another ugly grey console. Though this has purple switches to break the monotony, but they somehow make it even more ugly.

#18 Atari 7800

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This is quite a simple look, yet it looks much better than any console on the list so far. It just gets its point across, while not doing anything too fancy.

#17 Nintendo Entertainment System

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This is another ugly console, but it’s interesting box look and simple set up bring a strange charm to the whole thing.

 

#16 Sega Master System

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This is a nice, sleek black color, with a unique design. While I wouldn’t call this console exactly pretty, it still is neat looking.

#15 PlayStation 2

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This console is so large and ugly. The only thing that saves it is it’s black color and the cool “PS2” coloring on top. Otherwise, it’s shape was so terrible and it took up half your living room it was so big.

#14 Dreamcast

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Did Nintendo design this too? We are back with the ugly grey, but other than that, it’s got an okay design.

#13 Nintendo 64

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Finally Nintendo drops the grey color and makes this significantly better looking system. It’s shape color, button and controller layout make it simple yet pleasing.

 

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This has a nice black finish to it. It is great looking console.

 

#11 Jaguar

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This takes the good old grey color and darkens it to a cool and unique shade. The shape of the console is pretty sweet too.

#10 Sega Saturn

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This is just an awesome, solid black rectangular prism, and it is just amazing.

#9 Nintendo Switch

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I am always reminded of a boom box when I see this picture. It is no doubt a unique look, and a good one at that.

#8 PlayStation 4

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Sleek black looks always seem to look better when it comes to consoles. This one is no exception. I don’t love the shiny left side/old looking right side combo though.

#7 Xbox 360

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Here is another unique looking console, and much more futuristic than anything we’ve seen so far. I just don’t love the white.

#6 Xbox

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This console looks awesome. Everything about it just catches your eye and makes you say “I want to play that thing.” The Xbox is an appropriate name for it.

#5 Wii U

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They do it right with this console. A nice, shiny black finish coupled with a nice thin console makes this one beauty of a console. It just is a bit too long for my tastes.

#4 Gamecube

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The only thing better than a black console is an indigo one. The Gamecube is just awesome looking. It’s a simple design and puts everything you need right in front of you. It even has a handle for ease of carrying! Such a great console!

#3 Xbox 1

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Though I have never seen one of these in real life, they look awesome with the contrasting “X-ish” design and black and lighter black coloring. The complete lack of buttons polishes it up a lot too.

#2 Wii

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This is a gorgeous console. It’s shiny white finish paired with it’s tiny body make this a sweet looking console, especially when that blue light flashes on it.

#1 PlayStation 3

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And here we have the best looking console ever made! This picture does not do it justice however. The original PS3 was just a beautiful shiny black surface with a disk drive. Whether you stood it up or laid it down, it looked great. The only downside to this console was it’s rather large size.

And there they all are, ranked from worst to best. Sony takes its second first place finish, which is fabulous, but as before, the real winner is the company with the most in the top 10.

In last place we have Atari with 0 consoles in the top 10…better luck next time!

Sega comes in fourth with one console!

Sony takes third with two!

Microsoft takes second place with three consoles! That’s right, all three of Microsoft’s consoles made it into the top 7! That is an honorable feat!

But taking first, we have Nintendo scraping out a win with four consoles, making it their second victory in the console wars!

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The Console Wars: Controllers

Continuing on with what I guess is now a mini-series of the Console Wars, but focusing on different areas than normal. I am using only the biggest names in gaming history, and most of their consoles, creating a big all out war, instead of just one generation. Last week the consoles battled it out for best names. This time we will see which consoles had the best controllers. As always, they will be ranked from worst to best in my opinion, and I am only judging based on the controller that comes packaged with the original system. Here we go!!!

Fun fact- All Nintendo consoles are in red text, Atari in orange, Sony in black, Sega in blue, and Microsoft in green…Smashing!

#22 Atari Jaguar

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Take note, I have never played a Jaguar or held the controller.

Just look at this thing. It’s got three oddly placed red buttons that make it seem like you have to lay three fingers flat on the controller to play it effectively, the two middle buttons (pause and options) are just crammed in there, consistent with the whole flat palm playing. The D-pad is just like every other controller, so there’s a win. But what really blows my mind is this large hunk of junk attached to the bottom of the controller. Look at all those number buttons!! What am I supposed to do with those!? Is it so you can play the games from older systems that used numbers? Yikes! What a mess! The whole thing looks uncomfortable and awkward.

#21 Atari 5200

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Note that I have never used this controller before or held it, or even have seen it in real life.

It’s pretty sad when this thing isn’t at the lowest spot. I mean, how do you regress from this? It’s like the world’s first cell phone with a joystick attached to where you would hold it up to your ear. I mean damn…what would you play on this thing? I actually have seen it in action. There are cards you put over the number pad for specific games, thus the cards instruct you what each number does, but that sounds horrible and stupid. They should have just cut off the numbers and use the joystick with the two red side buttons.

#20 Atari 7800

Note that I wasn’t sure which was the original, but I’m going to guess the one on the left. I have never played a 7800 or used these controllers.

Either one, they are both pretty bad. Well, the left one is definitely a huge step up from the 5200, and looks like it would play Atari games quite well, it just looks like it would be awkward and uncomfortable to use.

The one on the right is like the beginning stage of the Jaguar. It even confirms my suspicions on having to play with your hand flat on the controller, as evidenced by the neato finger indentations. There’s a weird joystick/d-pad hybrid that looks like it would fail to justly perform as either.

#19 Atari 2600

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And here we are with yet another Atari controller. They are sort of at a disadvantage due to the time period that Atari was popular, where you didn’t need much to a controller, and they basically had the task of inventing controllers for home consoles that played multiple games. That being said, they still could have done a better job, though this is their best controller by far. A simple button and a joystick is all you need to play 2600 games and it worked fairly well, though it got fairly uncomfortable to play after a while.

#18 Sega Genesis

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This controller had a flawless D-pad and was comfortable to hold. The only problem I had with this controller was the three right buttons. Having them lined up made some games awkward and hard to play, because you really couldn’t hit more than one at a time. This is almost okay though, because most games only required the use of one button. In some games all three buttons did the same thing, while other games the B and C buttons did very minor things. When compared to it’s competition, this controller was terrible.

#17 Sega Master System

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This controller had a pretty unique D-pad for the time, though it always wasn’t very precise. I loved how you simply had buttons 1 and 2. It was easy to hold and easy to play with, much more so than it’s successor.

#16 Nintendo Entertainment System

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This controller is nearly identical to it’s SMS competition. What makes this one better though is the inclusion of start and select buttons and a more pronounced and accurate D-pad.

#15 PlayStation

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The best way to describe this controller is bony. I guess because it’s a grey-white color and thin. It is a comfortable controller and the first controller to introduce 2 buttons on each shoulder. The D-Pad was also made into four separate buttons instead of actually being a…well…pad. This had its advantages and disadvantages. This was the first console to introduce button names with shapes rather than numbers or letters, though I never really liked the D-pad style layout of said buttons, though it is still comfortable and easy to play.

#14 Nintendo 64

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This is a weird looking controller, filled with a ton of buttons. At the time of it’s release, it was easily the most comfortable controller ever made. But I never really liked the layout all that much. The C buttons always seemed out of reach with the exception of down-c, and if you held the controller by the center…prong?…the D-pad and L-button were useless. Though the Z button hiding in the back basically replaced L. What was cool about the controller is you could hold it from each edge and use the D-pad instead of the joystick, but I don’t recall ever playing a game that required you to play like that, so the whole controller seemed bigger than it needed to be.

#13 Sega Saturn

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I have only played a Saturn once, like 20 years ago or so, so I don’t recall how it feels to hold it, but it looks comfortable enough. It is basically just an updated version of the Genesis controller, featuring a slimmer look and more buttons.They are laid out slightly more angular this time around, so it looks like you could hit two buttons at once if you needed to. Though it still looks like you would never use the X, Y, Z buttons.

#12 Xbox

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Look at this thing…it looks like a land mine. I remember hating this controller because it was so big and fat and uncomfortable. The only reason it is on this list this high is because it had plenty of buttons and you used them all quite frequently. Though I don’t recall the weird black and white buttons ever doing anything. The four main buttons were laid out great, for ease of playing. Two analog sticks and a D-pad really complete this controller. Now if it could just slim down…

#11 PlayStation 2

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This is exactly like the first PlayStation controller, but black and has an analog button that never did anything and two more than welcome analog sticks. It still wasn’t the most comfortable controller, but it got the job done.

#10 PlayStation 3

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Sony being as creative as ever, this controller is basically the same as the PS2’s, except it has a “home” button that actually does something and the L2 and R2 buttons are more like triggers. I hated that change at first, but I grew to love it, so that I can’t stand playing with a PS2 controller now. Oh yeah, this one is wireless, and is charged by plugging it into the system. Awesome. I think the controller is slightly slimmer and reformed to make it a bit more comfortable as well. Oh and I almost forgot! This has motion controls added that were only really utilized in the very early PS3 games.

#9 Super Nintendo Entertainment System

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This controller took the world by storm with it’s many buttons. In addition to the A and B buttons from the NES, they are joined by X and Y. I always wondered why it wasn’t C and D. But one day I noticed…A, B, X, Y. They are all the same letters as all the fighter ships in the original Star Wars trilogy. A Wing, B Wing, etc…Was Nintendo giving a nod to this mighty franchise? Anyway, we were also given shoulder buttons for the first time, which was a nice addition.

The layout of the A-Y buttons allowed you to comfortably and easily press two at a time, and three if you threw in another finger, or bent your index the right way. Anyone who played the Mega Man X series and constantly held down the charge button (Y) and always used dash to move (A) all the while jumping (B) knows what I’m talking about.

It was a relatively comfortable controller, but it seemed a bit frail. It certainly blew away the Genesis controller in their rivalry.

#8 Xbox 360

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This is the original Xbox controller on a diet. Microsoft trimmed down all the hugely unnecessary fluff and came out with a great controller. All the buttons are close and easy to reach, it fits nicely in your hand, and it was the first wireless controller to come packaged with a console.

#7 Xbox One

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I have never played or even seen an Xbox One, but this controller just looks like it took everything that made the 360 controller great and improved slightly on it. The analogs look perfect, as does the D-pad. Everything is placed quite wonderfully, not to mention it is a gorgeous controller that looks very comfortable.

#6 Gamecube

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This is without a doubt the most famous controller in history, for it is still in production two console generations after its own. That’s how strong its popularity is. It is, in my opinion, the most comfortable controller ever made. Your hand just seems to fold around it. The L and R buttons are indented so that your fingers like melt into them. Everything is easy to reach, and it’s very easy to multi-task due to the layout of the buttons. But comfort isn’t everything, so that is why I have this wonderful controller at number 6.

#5  PlayStation 4

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This is a weird controller. It feels more comfortable than the rest in the PlayStation family, yet at the same time, more uncomfortable. The analog sticks give you more grip, but they feel so unnatural and different. The D-Pad and right shape buttons are easier to press and seem smaller for some reason. The shoulder buttons are different once again, sort of a hybrid between PS2 and PS3’s shoulders. Overall, it’s not my favorite controller at all, but the trackpad innovation sets it apart from most of the other controllers. I haven’t spent too much time on my PS4, but some games make somewhat clever use of it. In any case, it is strangely satisfying to swipe your finger across it, even if it’s only to flick a switch or something in a game. This too has motion controls, that have been used cleverly in games such as Infamous: Second Son.

#4 Dreamcast

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The Dreamcast was a very advanced console, and that includes it’s controller. It wasn’t the most comfortable controller, and it didn’t have too many buttons, though there are some shoulders hiding. But this controller was crazy, though honestly I haven’t played a Dreamcast in a very long time and never really fully understood what it did. It had a screen that did nothing in any game I played, but you could plug something into its back and it did all sorts of things that consoles would not start doing for another whole generation. It was a unique and interesting controller, but I couldn’t understand it, and neither could anyone else. That is why it failed.

#3 Nintendo Switch

This thing is crazy. Obviously this isn’t even out yet, so I can’t say much on how comfortable it is, though it doesn’t look all that pleasing to the hand (at least the left picture anyway). Though Nintendo always makes shockingly comfortable controllers so I am not worried. The amazing thing about this controller is you can remove the left and right lighter grey pieces from the picture on the left, and then use each segment as a controller on its own for multiplayer, or slide them onto the screen as pictured on the right to take your game on the go, or even set that nifty little screen on the stand built into the back and use the two controller segments without attaching them to anything. . It’s so clever I could poop.

#2 Wii

 

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This was another clever and extremely comfortable controller by Nintendo. Some games you just used the Wii Remote, (right device) for motion controller primary gaming. Other games had you using the remote held on its side, so it was sort of like playing an advanced NES controller. Finally, you could plug the nunchuk, (left device) into the bottom of the remote for more advanced play. The nunchuk adds a few more buttons and is also able to use motion controls. To makes thing even better, again your hand seemed to naturally mold into the controller, making it almost pleasing to hold. It was definitely a unique set up that allowed for truly unique gaming.

#1 Wii U

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And here we have it, the best controller ever made. Despite it’s large size, it is really quite comfortable, and features an abundance of buttons. It has a microphone that has various functions, even some in-game ones. That weird rectangle in the left is some scanner for amiibo, and best of all is the TV button, which basically turns your controller into a remote control for your TV, which is honestly one of the best things that’s ever happened to a controller.

The best thing about this controller is the big screen in the middle. It is a touchpad, which adds some fun to games, and also makes it very easy to use the system’s other various applications. But best of all, the screen meant that there were now two screens for the game to use instead of 1. The possibilities for games just lifted to a whole new level. For the first few games, it was truly awesome some of the things they were using the gamepad for, but popularity for the system never took off, and developers didn’t want to spend extra resources developing for a system that wouldn’t sell their games, so many games just used it to mirror what was on your TV screen. I was devastated. This controller has so much potential, and gamers and developers alike failed to realize that.

The other great thing about the screen is you could play your games off the TV. So when my wife wants to watch something stupid, I can just switch the game to the gamepad and play there. It was truly a great idea.

And with that, Nintendo takes the top spot! But as I did with the Console Wars: Names, I feel the company with the most consoles in the top 10 is the true winner.

The results are in and here are our places…

Atari is in last with 0 consoles in the top 10

Sega is in fourth with 1!

Microsoft and Sony tie for runner up with 2 each.

That leaves Nintendo with a whopping 5 controllers in the top 10. They even hold the top 3! Nintendo is clearly the best, and certainly most unique/creative controller makers!

 

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