The bat top on that stick is pretty cool.
I have been thinking about controllers a lot.
For NES games I love the dogbone controller. The buttons are spaced really close together which makes pressing both at the same time feel good. Games like Double Dragon II and Super Mario Bros 1 and 3 are better with these.
For almost everything else my favorite controller is the Super Famicom controller.
The buttons are beautiful, round, and painted bright happy colors. The d-pad is good. The shoulder buttons feel really good too. They are clicky buttons, with just enough give to make them feel a little more comfortable then a simple click.
For fighting games I really like Hori 6 button controllers.
I’ve got two ps1 6 button controllers, one black and one grey. The black one looks good, but the grey one is gorgeous. They are very comfortable to hold, but when I use them I find the shoulder buttons a little distracting. They are a little bigger then my other Hori 6 button controllers.
The Sega Saturn Hori pad isn’t as pretty, but it might be the most comfortable 6 button controller I’ve ever held. The spacing between the d-pad and buttons seems perfect. I wish they had released a version without the shoulder buttons. When playing fighting games they just make the controller slightly less comfortable. When playing anything else though they need to be there. They make it fully compatible with all the games the regular Sega Saturn controller could be used for. I understand why they’re there, but I wish they weren’t there.
The Super Famicom Hori Fighting Commander doesn’t have shoulder buttons!
I love it. I bought two and they are leaving Japan with me, even if the other controllers don’t. The start and select buttons are in an unusual place. They are on the left, rather then in the center of the controller. At first it felt really strange, because I’ve always hit the start button with my right hand. The more I use it, the less strange it seems. Though the spacing between d-pad and buttons is about the same as a regular Super Famicom controller, the perfect spacing for a four button controller is a little too wide for a 6 button controller. They’re comfortable, and I love that they don’t have shoulder buttons, but they’re not as comfortable as the Saturn pads would be if there was a version without shoulder buttons.
For Analog controllers I have some Wii Classic (not Classic Pro) controllers, because they are some of the smallest analog controllers around, and their adapters are small. Their shoulder buttons are terrible, but they are otherwise acceptable controllers.
Prior to settling on the Wii Classic
I had been trying various iterations of Dual Shock controllers. I find the buttons more satisfying on the original Dual Shock, but the analog sticks seem kind of odd. If you just spin one of the made in Japan ps1 Dual Shock sticks you’ll find they move very smoothly. In actual use the slightly more resistant almost gated feel of the later Korean and Chinese made PS2 Dual Shock sticks seems to be better. My prettiest Dual Shock is a matte black made in Korea PS1 Dual Shock.
Among the more modern controllers, I find the Xbox 360 is the most comfortable. It also has better plug and play compatibility on pc then any other controller. Many games work without any configuration. The stick favors upward movements and feels really good for FPS and TPS, but feels slightly off if you try playing a 2D scrolling shooter with one. The shoulder buttons are nice. I find the shoulder buttons nicer then the Xbox One shoulder buttons. It’s not ideal for me, but I can see why people like them.