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MKX controller photo
MKX controller

PDP's Mortal Kombat X pad looks like a SEGA Genesis controller

Decent looking fight stick alternative
Jan 09
// Steven Hansen
I've always wanted a fight stick more for arcade nostalgia than any legitimate fighting game purposes. This gamepad from PDP, specifically designed for Mortal Kombat X, elicits some nostalgia as well, as it's basically an as...
PSTV + Xbox One contest photo
Enjoy the latest Titan One firmware, free of charge
[Update: Contest over! Winner is theraden!] To celebrate the news that their Titan One cross-compatibility device now offers full support for Sony's PlayStation TV, our friends at ConsoleTuner are offering up a PlayStation TV...

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The Smash Bros. GameCube controller has a big ol' long cord

Fill in the blank: "Controller? ______"
Nov 07
// Brett Makedonski
Look, we know the reason that you keep coming back to Destructoid is for the hot updates on controller cord length. We're reasonable people here (except Jordan, he insists that Hamza refer to him as "King Xerxes"), so we'll g...
Titan One photo
Titan One

ConsoleTuner's Titan One adapter lets you plug your 360 controller into a PS3

Or vice versa, if you're crazy
Nov 03
// mrandydixon
Incoming bias! Prior to the DualShock 4, I've never been a fan of Sony's controllers. My thumbs always bumped against each other when I circle-strafed, my fingers slipped off the convex triggers and thumbsticks, etc. We just ...

Some of us are controller throwers around here

Oct 14 // Brett Makedonski
I've gotten a lot better at this. When I was younger and playing Bloody Roar 2, I got quite angry at the AI and literally smashed the glass on a table. My current wired "hardcore platformer" controller I use for games like Super Meat Boy, Spelunky, and 1001 Spikes currently rattles with broken bits in it because of Super Meat Boy. I got 100%, though! I never throw controllers anymore, but in college during particularly heated Mario Party sessions, you better believe I did. You know that feeling -- when you're up three stars due to pure skill and one player steals a star by way of a Boo, then another teleports to one from a random lamp they found in a "secret spot." Finally, someone gets the "wacky space" star at the end and suddenly you're in last place. At one point this all happened almost simultaneously and I threw the controller into the air. The problem was N64 controllers were wired, so it bungied back into the console, hit the cartridge, and froze the game. We all went out for beers and never played Mario Party again. I don't intentionally break controllers, but my Atari 5200 controller broke on me due to natural causes. After owning it for a few months, it wouldn't go up or left anymore. The same thing happened with all the replacement controllers we got. It was apparently a common problem -- sort of the Red Ring of Death for its time -- except that Atari 5200 controllers were much more rare than Xbox 360s are now, and you couldn't have them replaced for free.  I wouldn't give up on it, though. I'd get as far as I could in every game I owned, only going down and right. I was a desperate child. Throwing a controller is like the physical manifestation of all the rage I feel inside when I just can't conquer a game. And growing up, I was a sore loser. I've since mellowed out much more, but in those days, it was like my only worth as a gamer was how good I was at a certain title or how many times I could best my dad in a game of Mario Tennis. And, when that stupid tennis ball sailed past my head during a rousing session on the Nintendo 64 and I found myself down 30-love, I'd press my nails into the hard plastic and get poised to send the controller sailing -- especially if my father saw fit to taunt me. That really sent me over the edge. I'm not a controller thrower. I make a point to abstain, actually. Anytime I feel myself getting worked up, I inhale sharply and lift the controller almost to my face, then calmly set it down on my lap while exhaling slowly. It's very zen-like, and it centers me. I broke that routine once that I can remember. Playing Spelunky, I had been trying for the longest time to carry the key all the way from the mines through the ice caves, because that opens the shortcut to the temple that I would need to beat the game. I had a great run going, and was on the last level. Right at the exit, I foolishly and inexplicably went out of my way to kill an enemy, and was sent careening off the ledge to my death. I spiked the controller on the floor. I spiked it so hard. Then, I just walked away. Now, I'm left with a controller that doesn't detect it has batteries in it if it's jostled even the slightest bit while being used. My fault, really. I've never thrown a controller, but I was a very manipulative child. I would often bet my hot-tempered friends money that they wouldn't throw theirs during a heated match of Mortal Kombat or after dying in TMNT III: The Manhattan Project. Let's just say I had to chase down a few parents for bet money. I've never been a controller thrower, but I punched my original DS because of Elite Beat Agents and it was enough to crack the top screen. During the NES era, I managed to break several controllers. I also attempted to break my NES by throwing it across my room against the wall. Luckily for me, Nintendo made solid products, so the NES remained functional.  The only controller I've been angry enough to break recently happened a few years ago. I was playing Shadows of the Damned. Now, the game itself was reasonable enough, but there was one section that had me completely frustrated -- the boss fight in the library with Giltine Grim. I honestly cannot tell you how many times I tried to beat that damn boss. It got to the point where I couldn't take it any more and lost it, breaking my Xbox 360 controller. First, I tried to break my controller by hand. Since I wasn't able to actually rip the controller in two, I stood up and threw it as hard as I could at the floor. That did the trick. I haven't been that angry at a game since. Now, when I find myself getting heated at a game, I just walk away. I don't break or throw controllers. You guys are hella cray.
Controller throwin' photo
Rage against the machine
We've all been there before -- a maddeningly difficult part of a videogame; you've been trying for hours to best it. You just can't. Maybe you never will. This might be impossible, actually. The developers must've been comple...

Taiko no Tatsujin photo
Taiko no Tatsujin

New pics surface of the Taiko no Tatsujin drum controller

And it was never ever localized, the end!
Aug 21
// Brittany Vincent
More pics have surfaced of the sweet Taiko no Tatsujin controller compatible with the Wii and Wii U. Unfortunately there hasn't been a Taiko no Tatsujin game available in the West since the PlayStation 2's heyday, but rhythm ...
Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN photo
Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN

Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN is getting a six button pad for PS4

It works on PS3 too
Aug 19
// Chris Carter
If you're a fan of six-button fight pads and find yourself wanting a new one for your PS4, you're in luck -- Arc System Works is releasing a pad for Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN. It features a full layout with the R1 and R2 keys as f...
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Anthony Carboni explains it all
Number 56 on the master list of 235 "Things that I say that sometimes annoy people who play videogames" is that it's very rare for a game to have "bad" controls. Most of the time when people say that, they are focusing too m...


Okay, this Advanced Warfare Xbox One controller looks rad

Aug 12
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Catch that Call of Duty: Advance Warfare Xbox One bundle earlier today? It's a custom system that includes the game and a 1TB HDD for $499.99. The controller is also custom designed, and if you were like me wishing it was available separately well good news! It is. Amazon has it for $64.99.
Wii U photo
Wii U

Take a closer look at PDP's GameCube-style controllers for Wii U

Yoshi's my favorite
Aug 12
// Jordan Devore
I think I'll be perfectly set with the GameCube controller adapter for Wii U, but PDP's line of GameCube-inspired controllers (known officially as "Wired Fight Pads") are another valid option. Courtesy of Amazon, we now have ...
3DS controller mod photo
3DS controller mod

Someone made a custom GameCube controller adapter for 3DS

Well, 2DS, if you want to be exact
Aug 06
// Jordan Devore
A guy by the name of Loopy previously came out with video capture boards for 3DS, and now he's back with another cool project: a GameCube controller adapter. Why? Because he can. Here's a demonstration of Super Street Fighte...
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The Steam Controller looks different, again

D-pad out, thumbstick in
Jul 23
// Jordan Devore
It seems every time we check in with Valve's Steam Controller, it's undergone another significant change. The last design, which added a D-pad of sorts and A/B/X/Y buttons, was more in line with traditional gamepads. Now, if ...
Titan One contest photo
Plug one console's controller into another like MAGIC
[Update: Contest over! Winners are SCndZ, Turbokill, and three Huge members.] Our friends at ConsoleTuner have given us five of their new Titan One cross-compatibility devices to hand out to the Destructoid community! These t...

Xbox One photo
Xbox One

Buy this camo Xbox One controller and risk never finding it again

Same goes for the headset
Jul 16
// Brett Makedonski
As the Xbox One is relatively new in the grand scheme of its estimated lifespan, we haven't gotten a chance to see many special edition controllers come out yet. This Titanfall one was significant as it marked an importa...

Check out this rad Persona 4 Arena Ultimax arcade stick

Atlus and Mad Catz want all your money
Jul 01
// Kyle MacGregor
Atlus and Mad Catz are joining forces to create an fightstick for Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, and she's a real looker. Designed in collaboration with members of the Persona development team, the controller is said to be easily c...
Wave BlazBlue photo
Wave BlazBlue

Wave Blue PS4 controller finally coming this fall

Wave BlazBlue
Jun 24
// Steven Hansen
Remember when Sony announced those Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire Wave Blue and Magma Red controllers a year ago? They were supposed to be available with the PS4 launch and then were not. Well, now one will be. The blue one, ...
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The GameCube controller adapter for Wii U will cost $19.99

'Retro' GameCube controllers to be sold for $29.99
Jun 10
// Jordan Devore
As you know, Nintendo is releasing an adapter for Wii U that'll let you play Super Smash Bros. with four original Nintendo GameCube or WaveBird controllers. Now we have the price: $19.99. The company will also sell "retro" Ga...
Xbox One controller photo
Xbox One controller

PC drivers now available to support Xbox One controllers

Just need a micro USB cable
Jun 05
// Brett Makedonski
The Xbox 360 controller is a favorite among many in the PC community that prefer a gamepad. Now, Microsoft has provided support for its newest console's controller to assume the throne. As announced on Major Nelson's site, dr...
GameCube controller photo
Oh, happy day!
[Update: Nintendo isn't sharing any other details about the adapter other than what we know below. Hopefully more details are shared at E3.] When Super Smash Bros. on Wii U releases later this year, it'll include optiona...

Steam Machine delay photo
Delayed to make the "best gaming experience possible."
Valve's Eric Hope took to the Steam forums today and announced that they're delaying the release of the Steam Machine program and the Steam controller into 2015. "We’re now using wireless prototype controllers to conduc...


Wii U getting a GameCube-inspired fighting controller

Just in time for Super Smash Bros!
May 21
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
[Update: Note original image was for PDP's Wii aftermarket controller, not their upcoming design.] The Wii U doesn't really have a good controller for fighting games, so enter PDP with their Wired Fight Pad as they're calling...
360 controller photo
360 controller

Stay hidden from absolutely nobody with this arctic camouflage Xbox 360 controller

The face buttons will give you away
May 19
// Brett Makedonski
Have you ever wondered what controller Marky Mark would've used if 2007's Shooter were about him playing videogames instead of about him blowing fools' heads off in the snow? Wonder no longer, because it's definitely thi...
Alt.Ctrl.GDC photo
These make the Wii balance board look downright boring. Er, more boring.
There was a wonderful spread of strange and interesting indie games at GDC, including a special exhibit called Alt.Ctrl, focusing on projects that made use of unusual controllers. Bill Zoeker screwed around with these for a ...

Indie controller exhibit photo
Indie controller exhibit

The amazing alternative controllers of the ALT.CTRL.GDC exhibit

Mar 20
// Dale North
A new alternative controller exhibit made its debut at GDC this year. Amazing selections from 14 independent teams were shown at ALT.CTRL.GDC on the GDC show floor yesterday, and every one of them had my imagination running. ...
Steam Controller photo
Steam Controller

Valve shows off its redesigned Steam Controller

It would look right at home in The Brave Little Toaster
Mar 14
// Jordan Devore
Yes, it's still weird-looking but the Steam Controller is coming along. Particularly when compared with its original, intimidating version which you can see side-by-side below. We knew a redesign was in the works, but this it...
Amazon photo

Amazon's controller isn't much of a looker

I'm sure it's lovely on the inside
Mar 14
// Jordan Devore
Blogger Dave Zatz has seemingly come across photos of the game controller for Amazon's long-rumored media streaming device by way of a Brazilian regulatory agency. The controller will reportedly ship separately, which has me ...

Google buys Android controller company Green Throttle Games

The mobile gaming arms race continues
Mar 12
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Green Throttle Games was part of the whole Android-based gaming arms race alongside Ouya, GameStick, and others. What made GTG unique was their Atlas controller, which paired with the company's Arena software, allowed for mul...
Controllers photo

Xbox 360 is getting two new limited-edition controllers

That's Xbox 360, not Xbox One
Feb 10
// Jordan Devore
With the exception of the Nintendo 64 era, I have never gone too wild with owning differently-colored controllers. Generally speaking, the default one (or two) styles are good enough for me. That's looking to be the case with...
Steam Controller photo
Steam Controller

Steam Controllers are getting a redesign

Here's the new prototype
Jan 15
// Jordan Devore
Developers attending Valve's Steam Dev Days event have been tweeting like crazy. One of the more notable reports to come out of this developer-only conference is that the divisive Steam Controller will undergo serious changes...
Titanfall photo

Titanfall Xbox One controller is kind of cool, I guess

These posts are the worst
Jan 15
// Brett Makedonski
Yep, it's a "look at this new controller" post. It sure is white, black, and orange, huh? I guess it probably looks like something that someone that controls mechs would use. Maybe. I don't know; I've never seen a mech, let a...

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