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Early in the gen, the gaming media tried to convince people that it was a downgrade but eventually, people saw the light.

Switch Pro would be up there but no analog triggers (thought it does have other features like motion controls).

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I mentioned some of my thoughts on this during a thread about PlayStation controllers.
It's hard for me to say what is the absolute best. If nostalgia is a factor, I love the GameCube controller dearly. I never minded the flaws with it. It worked fine for virtually every GameCube and Wii game that supported it. It is still the best for Smash (but the Switch Pro Controller works really well).
My favorites (in no particular order): GameCube, Xbox 360, DualShock 4, Switch.
GameCube has a fantastic shape, and the unique face button design worked for the time. The triggers are super satisfying for most games.
Xbox 360 has a fantastic shape. Virtually the only flaw I can think of is the D-Pad.
DualShock 4 has the best triggers I've ever used to date, and I enjoy features like the speaker.
Switch Pro Controller is likely the best controller Nintendo's ever made. I wish there were analog triggers, though.

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DualShock 4 is hands down the best controller for TV and Gamepad gaming so far from my experiences.

The Logitech G29 is the best O have used for racing games, but I do want to try out a top end Thrustmaster set up next gen.

The Aim controller is the best for 1st person Shooters.

Can’t speak to which are the best VR controllers as I have only used the Move and Windows Vr controllers at any length. I feel pretty confident in saying that almost anything is probably better than PS Move and Windows VR Controllers.

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While we're here, check out my Nintendo controller history pic. I'm missing a few and there's a lot I don't want to put on the wall because I still use them (Wii U, Switch, 3DS, purple GameCube, etc). Need to track down my GBA and dig out one of my DS systems...

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