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."

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ArmGunar2111d ago

In my opinion, the best is the 360 controller.

animegamingnerd2111d ago

the 360 controller is good but the d pad kills it

guitarded772111d 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.

UnholyLight2111d 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

hduce2111d ago (Edited 2111d 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.

crusadernm2111d 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.

Jobesy2111d 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.

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dubberman2111d 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 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.

metroid322111d 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.

hellvaguy2110d ago (Edited 2110d 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.

MegaLagann2111d ago

Love the 360 controller...minus the God awful d-pad.

UnholyLight2111d 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.

hduce2111d 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.

BullyMangler2111d 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

BullyMangler2111d ago

this aint no opinion, but a fact that the wiiU game-pad is better for gaming than a Vita .hoh hohh

madjedi2110d 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.

user39158002111d ago (Edited 2111d 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

BullyMangler2111d 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

kirbyu2111d ago

I think you may mean GAMECUBE!!!!!

Benjaminkno2111d ago

Yeah that's what I said.

Xbox has the GAMECUBE controller!

kirbyu2111d ago

Dude, I was just joking.

metroid322111d 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.

kirbyu2110d ago

You mean the D-pad? Cause the 360's d-pad sucks.

3-4-52111d ago

yea 360 is the most comfortable and naturally fitting.

Second best is Gamecube controller.

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WeAreLegion2111d 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.

guitarded772111d 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.

profgerbik2111d ago (Edited 2111d 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.

MasterCratosKong662111d 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

Zhipp2111d 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.

PopRocks3592111d 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.

Blastoise2111d ago (Edited 2111d 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.

deep_fried_bum_cake2111d ago

How could you like the original Xbox controller? It was a poorly layed out brick with a wire.

ZoidsRaven2111d ago

Gamecube is my favorite one too.
I hope the Wii U pro controller works well with Smash bros. U. 7_7

FinalomegaS2110d ago

Great Dpad and 4 face buttons with the 4 other top. I can see options for SB control... Grab button ( cheapness )

Knushwood Butt2110d 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.

YoungPlex2111d 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...

profgerbik2111d 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--2111d 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 2110d ago

prevail to who? the casuals?? No1 wants to use gimmick control features but having em i guess is all nintendo can rely on..

MegaLagann2111d ago

Gamecube and Saturn are still my favorite controllers, but the Wii U is up there.