Submitted by dekeliko 753d ago | opinion piece

Why the Wii U Gamepad is the Best Controller Ever

Oprainfall writes:

"Move over waggling and flailing in front of the TV. Forget oversensitive tablets that absolutely suck for gaming. The Wii U Gamepad is just about everything you want in a controller, and is the best video game controller of all time." (Wii U)

ArmGunar  +   753d ago
In my opinion, the best is the 360 controller.
animegamingnerd  +   753d ago
the 360 controller is good but the d pad kills it
guitarded77  +   753d ago
Yeah, people can rip on the Wii U all they want, but once you spend some time with the Wii U Gamepad, it's almost a letdown to go back to a regular controller. There could definitely be some improvements made like putting in headphone output jack to the bottom of it, and having pressure sensitive triggers would be nice, but I love the Wii U Gamepad... it's freaking awesome.
UnholyLight  +   753d ago
I have no issue with d pad. I also don't understand why anyone does. The d pad is something you almost never use. The strengths of the controller outweigh that one little thing so much I would say it EASILY beats the DS3 at it's own game. A d pad is hardly a reason for a controller to be no good
hduce  +   753d ago
The gamepad is more comfortable than I thought it was going to be. I thought that I would play Black Ops 2 with the pro controller but the gamepad is a better fit for me. When I go back to playing Black Ops 2 on the 360, the pad feels small and awkward. At one point I thought the xbox360 controller was the best ever made but the gamepad is king to me. Its one of those things that you need to spend time with it to really understand. The only thing missing from the gamepad is analog triggers.
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crusadernm  +   753d ago
Noo. The 360 controller is the best. It is so ergonomic. You can play for hours and your hand won't get cramped up like whenyou use the PS3 controller. Plus the Wiiu pad is so expensive. Not practical.
Jobesy  +   753d ago
@UnholyLight, you don't understand why the 360's dpad is less than desirable because I'm guessing you're not into fighting games like MK, MVC, SF, etc. In fighters the use of the dpad is essential and performing delicate combos with a dpad where all sides are connected is not accurate and thus not preferable.
dubberman  +   753d ago
I adore the 360 controller but there is something about it don't like and im not really sure what it is. Maybe it's the size because it does feel small in my hands but im one of the few that preferred The Duke controller on the original XBOX, compared to the S-Type . Probably a reason why i agree with the article with the WiiU gamepad being the best ever.

It has a great size that fits snugly in the hands. It has damn near perfect weight to it, for me at least and something that i never thought i would like but i prefer the symmetrical analog sticks. Its just so much easier to press buttons without actually moving your thumb from off the stick. With the staggered of the 360 controller you do have to move your thumb away from it. Though it may not seem like much, that split second could mean the difference between life and death...in a game of course.

The WiiU Pro controller, basically a copy of the 360 but it has the Nintendo experience behind it. Been doing it for nearly 30 years now (and yes i feel old saying that) and that definitely shows in both controllers. I just wish though, that with the Pro Controller they moved the face buttons to the right about 1cm so they are aligned like they are on the standard Gamepad.

As i said, i adore the 360 controller but whatever it's missing, the WiiU Gamepad has it. Except for analog triggers which to be honest, doesn't really bother me at all though i know it has it's critics. For me, it has no faults. Yeah it's take time getting use to the fact there is a screen there as well the standard affair of inputs, as well as the symmetrical analog sticks. Give it 30 minutes, 3 games in CoD to get use to it all and you'll never look back.
metroid32  +   753d ago
YOUR RIGHT All these so called hardcore gamers don't even like trying new things,some hardcore gamers ???

GAMEPAD is by a country mile the best controller EVER.
hellvaguy  +   753d ago
I have medium hands and the duke was the most comfortable, ever. Now all the controllers are sized for adolescent teens and small asian dudes.

I never had any use for an improved d-pad because I stopped playing 2d fighters like 10-15 years ago. I would like to see bigger controllers next gen.
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MegaLagann  +   753d ago
Love the 360 controller...minus the God awful d-pad.
UnholyLight  +   753d ago
It baffles my mind that anyone can downvote you ArmGunar. It just feels so much better than any other controller I have ever used. I stand beside your statement and countless others in the industry. The Xbox 360 controller is a vaunted piece of gaming awesomeness.
hduce  +   753d ago
The down votes are due to the rampant fanboyism that plagues this site. I can guarantee that most of the disagrees are from people who don't own the Wii U or spent significant time with it. They seem to go in defense mode when something positive is said about a console that they don't support.
bullymangLer  +   753d ago
dude if something as simple as how the game-pad is the ultimate handheld controller over a 360 controller baffles you, then you must not own a wiiU gaming-pad ... . making the wavebird the second in command, THEN the xbox 360 controller . . then . facts of comfort my good man, facts of comfort
bullymangLer  +   753d ago
this aint no opinion, but a fact that the wiiU game-pad is better for gaming than a Vita .hoh hohh
madjedi  +   753d ago
"this aint no opinion, but a fact that the wiiU game-pad is better for gaming than a Vita "

Jesus talk about fucking stupid, a double negative and claiming your opinion is a fact.

About the response i would expect from the mindless facebook user. Stop expecting the machine to do all the work for you.

Used move, ds3, wii and a 360 controller and i like the ds3 the best, but that is just my opinion.

Anytime someone proclaims something the best anything ever, it automatically lowers any further claims they make to borderline i just pulled this out of my ass level credibility.
user3915800  +   753d ago
Spend sometime n it? what time? This thing its huge, baterie last 2 to 3 hours depend on game and you constantly has to look at it when playing n console its like having a gigantic DS. Let me be simple the pad suck, the visuals are poor due to low resolution, its too big for kids 9 below and it does not bring any enhancement to the console at all. I know I hated, I cant stand it, besides multy players always wind about the thing, so take it back Nintendo your so call advanced pad its garbage.

Top 3 controllers
xbox 360
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deadfrag  +   753d ago
bullymangLer  +   753d ago
ha ha haaa .. . . . Nintendos gamepad lasts only 2-3 hours? . .awww . now who in the bloody earth would want to be plastered for more than 2 hours? ..hoh hoh hoh

the visuals are poor due to low esolution? ha ha haa . so you are saying that games looka BAD, because it has low resolution? . .ha haa. now that makes sense? .. hee heee .

the pad is too big for kids 9 and bellow? . oh the horrorr!! . haa haaa you jelous uh somthin? hee hee

p.s. haa haaa haaaaaaa i just proved you WRONG .hoh hoh hoh
kirbyu  +   753d ago
I think you may mean GAMECUBE!!!!!
Benjaminkno  +   753d ago
Yeah that's what I said.

Xbox has the GAMECUBE controller!
kirbyu  +   753d ago
Dude, I was just joking.
metroid32  +   753d ago
Your opinion means nothing the 360 pad is equal to a classic pro wiiu pad,the gamepad is king of the controllers by a long long way.
kirbyu  +   752d ago
You mean the D-pad? Cause the 360's d-pad sucks.
LOL_WUT  +   753d ago
Why the Wii U Gamepad is the Best Controller Ever...PSYCH!
3-4-5  +   753d ago
yea 360 is the most comfortable and naturally fitting.

Second best is Gamecube controller.
WeAreLegion  +   753d ago
It's a great controller, but I wouldn't call it the best.

The DualShock 2/3, Xbox 360 Pad, N64, and Move controllers are my favorites, so far.
guitarded77  +   753d ago
Which is best is subjective, and can/will be different for everyone, but looking at it from a function/form perspective, DualShock has lasted for 3 console generations with improvements being made each gen. I know some don't care for the triggers, but the DS is the most comfortable controller for me.

I like the 360 controller too, but I have to keep the chatpad on it all the time for it to be comfortable for me.

As I said in another post above, I love the Wii U Gamepad is brilliant, but there could be some improvements made.
profgerbik  +   753d ago
Exactly for me the gamepad is not comfortable I cannot speak for others but I personally don't think it is that comfortable especially when I have been playing it for hours and I don't like the design layout.

Like I said maybe it's my big monkey like hands but regardless I just prefer other controllers over the Wii U's gamepad. I would take the pro controller over that thing any day.

This last comment is not directed at you but these die hard fans in general, no need to get all mad. Sorry my hands aren't built like yours and my idea of comfortable may differ from yours as well.
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MasterCratosKong66  +   753d ago
i have big hands and consider the gamepad to be the best fit for my hands. i played w a 360 controller yesterday and it scared me how weird it felt to have my fingers completely envelop the controller. though to each his/her own
Zhipp  +   753d ago
I agree with guitardad, it all comes down to personal preference. I was a late adopter of the PS2, and I could not stand the DualShock controller. The sticks, the triggers, and the buttons all felt extremely uncomfortable to me(and still does). The Classic Controller Pro on the Wii feels a little better to me, but I don't like that either. I do like the Gamecube, Xbox360, and Wii U controllers, though.
PopRocks359  +   753d ago
GameCube controller is still my personal number 1. Loved playing Melee on that thing. Dual shock is a close second and the Wii U gamepad in third.
Blastoise  +   753d ago
Gamecube controller was awesome. A little ugly but it was super comfortable. My faves are probably the dualshock 3, Gamecube & maybe the original Xbox controller.
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deep_fried_bum_cake  +   753d ago
How could you like the original Xbox controller? It was a poorly layed out brick with a wire.
ZoidsRaven  +   753d ago
Gamecube is my favorite one too.
I hope the Wii U pro controller works well with Smash bros. U. 7_7
FinalomegaS  +   753d ago
Great Dpad and 4 face buttons with the 4 other top. I can see options for SB control... Grab button ( cheapness )
Knushwood Butt  +   753d ago
GC controller was good but I don't like those triggers that you have to push all the way in until they click, and some of the button placement; was it the Y and Z buttons? Can't remember.
YoungPlex  +   753d ago
The Gamepad is an excellent controller that has yet to show its true potential. I don't know if it will become the best controller but it certainly will cause waves once its true potential is exposed. ZombiU did a great job in showcasing what is possible on the Gamepad, I want more developers to take it to the next level. I can't wait to see what Platinum games does with Bayonetta 2 and The Wonderful 101; I also can't wait to see what Monolith Soft does with X. I've played Rayman Legends and am pleased with what they've done so far, and am dying to see what the next new Zelda title will bring to the table. It's going to be interesting to see if innovation will prevail a second time around...
profgerbik  +   753d ago
True potential? It just streams via the Wii U, the gamepad itself is not doing much.

Not much potential to push other than developers just making sure they make good integration between upcoming games on the Wii U to the gamepad. That is about as far as it's potential will ever go and sadly the gamepad is not even multi-touch so that leaves even more room for limitations.
--Onilink--  +   753d ago
I dont understand why people make such a big deal about multitouch, the only reason it matters on a phone game is because it doesnt have buttons... I cant really think of anything important regarding the wiiu gamepad touch screen that cant be done properly
DivineAssault  +   752d ago
prevail to who? the casuals?? No1 wants to use gimmick control features but having em i guess is all nintendo can rely on..
MegaLagann  +   753d ago
Gamecube and Saturn are still my favorite controllers, but the Wii U is up there.
kostchtchie_  +   753d ago
hard to pick my favorites are

super Nintendo pad
Ps2 controller
and the Dreamcast
profgerbik  +   753d ago
I prefer the Dreamcast's controller, maybe it's because I have big hands but I never remember having a single complaint to come up with when using it.

I just don't find the Wii U controller comfortable after long usage, especially when you might have to hold it with one hand after a while that gets daunting because it's so big and lop sided in terms of weight, sure it's light but like I said over time you begin to notice it.

I really don't like how the analog sticks are above the buttons and d-pad also it just feels awkward after so many years of every controller not being that way.

Just being honest, I personally think they could have designed the controller a little better.
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Brasi1989  +   753d ago
My personal Top 3:

#3 X-Box 360 Controller
#2 WiiU Gamepad
#1 GameCube Controller

I prefer the larger controllers as they don't make my hands cramp.
Kane22  +   753d ago
wait, isn't the GameCube controller small.
Brasi1989  +   753d ago
Yes it is smaller, not sure why it's my favorite though. Just feels good and I like the button layout. I was a big fan of the XBOX fatty too.
wishingW3L  +   753d ago
how can you like the button layout when it didn't even work well with most games except for Nintendo's? 1 huge button on the center and other small ones around it is the very definition of bad design.

I remember when I tried to play Megaman collection on it, it was the worst of the worst. Playing Capcom vs SNK was literally impossible and the triggers were so hard that after awhile your fingers would hurt!

And not to mention the C-button, it was sooooooo awful! The small D-pad would cut your thumb too. It was so small and the edges so sharp it's crazy.

The only good thing about the controller was its ergonomic design but other than that it was one of the worst designed controllers I have ever seen. 0_____0

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Brasi1989  +   752d ago
I don't know. Like I said it just feels good and I like the button layout. I guess I like that (having larger hands) my right thumb could easily reach all of the buttons without my thumb cramping up. For example: in PS3 games that use O a lot my thumb starts to cramp up.
Qrphe  +   753d ago
PS2 controller, it's the improvement of the controller that became a current standard.
Gamer39  +   753d ago
It's a great and nice controller, very cool technology.
My favorite controller GC/360, best ergonomic.

The new Wii U Pro controller, cool.
Fel08  +   753d ago
I wouldn't call it the best, but it is better than I expected. When I first saw it, I thought it was going to be a clunky mess. And than I tried it, and I completely changed my mind. It's surprisingly comfortable and nice to hold.
TongkatAli  +   753d ago
Gr81  +   753d ago
Controller was the best one to me. Hell every controller since has pretty much used the SNES as the foundation.
Sp1d3ynut  +   753d ago
Dude, c'mon...that's like saying every TV today has used the RCA 630-TS as the "foundation". They share NOTHING in form, function, or technology that's worth noting.
Gr81  +   753d ago
The dumbest attempt at an analogy I've ever heard boy.
Sp1d3ynut  +   753d ago
LOL..."boy". $100 says I've got at least 20 yrs on you. And the analogy is fine, if you have the intellect to understand/appreciate it. ;)
Gr81  +   753d ago
Touche'..Still a weak analogy..In any case, take 'boy' as a compliment then

; )
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Kos-Mos  +   753d ago
And let`s finish this discussion with your comment, no I`m not talking about you personal discussion, I`m talking about people who like the btox controller.
The Snes controller is the best ever made.
arbitor365  +   753d ago
if you have never held another controller in the past 20 years, then yes, I can see why you would call the wii u gamepad "the best controller ever."

The wii u gamepad sucks for racing games (lacking any sort analog triggers). It is awkward in fighting games. the analog sticks are not well placed for FPS and TPS games.

anyone who says its the "best controller ever" should be embarrassed. and if you're not, allow me to feel embarrassed for you.
MegaLagann  +   753d ago
I forgot opinions weren't allowed on N4G.
lilbroRx  +   753d ago
They are allowed, but what you and everyone else who tries to dismiss people response to a person's opinion fail to understand is that people are just as free to have an opinion of your opinion as well as disagree with it.
BoNeSaW23  +   752d ago
Your comment is a opinion about a opinion of some else's opinion!

Why did you waste our time and your opinion expressing your dislike about someone else's opinion of someone else's opinion!?! Ohhh because it's the INTERNET and that's what people do on it. Thanks for pointing that out!
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Kevlar009  +   753d ago
The Gamecube Wavebird imo was the best, certainly the most comfortable. The battery pack made the controller nestle perfectly in you hand, and all the buttons were close enough that you never felt like you had to reach (though the Z-button was always weird to press)

I never like PS controllers, the set-up was always awkward, never felt good for shooters, just a weird controller in general for my tastes

Haven't tried the Wiipad (Target and Gamestop don't have WiiU demoes up), though I've heard it's actually fairly comfortable, and the screen isn't too shabby
WeAreLegion  +   753d ago

What do you guys think about the Wii U controller's d-pad? I absolutely hate it! It is accurate, but it hurts my thumb after about fifteen minutes. I consider the GameBoy Advance SP and the PS Vita to have the perfect d-pads. What about you?
NeoTribe  +   753d ago
Duel shock 3 hands down.
IWentBrokeForGaming  +   753d ago
I like the controller but a lot of the time I find it troublesum and unbalanced when needing it for touch in games like ZombiU
mamotte  +   753d ago
Call me crazy, but my favorite controller is the N64 "spaceship". I dont know, it had something... funny about it, maybe it was the bizarre shape it had, maybe the C Buttons (Love those buttons), maybe the Z button, wich is still one of the strangest buttons ever (But made Goldeneye a pleasure). I dont know, maybe I just love weird, bizarre things. Bad point, the bad quality of the stick, wich get loose after a short usage (But never stopped working.)

Does anyone remember the pain in the palm of your hands after a good session of Mario Party 1? I do, man. those were good times...

Just my very personal opinion, anyway.
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ZeekQuattro  +   753d ago
Hell yeah I remember that pain all too well but games like that made it worth it. lol
TruthbeTold  +   753d ago
Speaking of N64 pain, on my first controller for it, the thumb portion of the analog stick broke off. I still played hours of Star Wars Pod Racer on it by digging my thumb into the metal. lol
lilbroRx  +   753d ago
I vote N64 controller and Sega Saturn Controller second. Then the GC controller
Benjaminkno  +   753d ago
360 has the Gamecube controller... duh...
BitbyDeath  +   753d ago
For me it's the PS3 controller closely followed by the 360.
PS3 has the edge cause cause of the rechargable battery inside, don't like the triggers on it though.

360 is awesome too, just needs to fix up the battery issue and it'll be golden.
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strigoi814  +   753d ago
Coz its a tv remote also! /sarcasm
stragomccloud  +   753d ago
As far as the traditional setup is concerned, The Genesis was amazing, then after that the N64. The Gamecube was my favorite until the 360 rolled around. However, now that I am a Wii U owner, the gamepad easily takes the cake. People who own the console or have actually played long enough to understand it I think would be hard pressed to disagree(with the Wii U statement anyway).
isntchrisl  +   753d ago
I really like the Gamepad and the Pro Controller. They are both very comfortable and just feel right.
Schawk  +   753d ago
Having used it i can say yes its the best i have used even better than the 360 controller,
having the hands spread that little bit feels much better
SIANSLOW  +   752d ago
i must say that the gamepad is awesome but i'll always have a place in my heart for the snes controller

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