#1 Posted by tyxja (296 posts) -

It's a bit soon to say, but.. I think I have to give my vote to the one on the Vita.

Love that dang D-Pad, it just feels.. right.

How about everyone else? Which console controller or handheld has your favorite directional pad?

#2 Posted by NickyDubz (322 posts) -

Snes

#3 Posted by NecroMongo (72 posts) -

@NickyDubz said:

Snes
#4 Posted by Ben_H (3595 posts) -

SNES

#5 Posted by joshthebear (2704 posts) -

SNES is the only correct answer.

#6 Posted by MikkaQ (10296 posts) -

The classic Nintendo d-pad that they've patented is the greatest.

#7 Posted by MrKlorox (11142 posts) -
@MikkaQ said:

The classic Nintendo d-pad that they've patented is the greatest.

Basically this. I still think it's possible to improve upon, but it's so much better than anything else out there that there's not much reason to.
#8 Posted by Canteu (2855 posts) -

Dat SNES. It's too bad nintendo have a patent or some shit on the D-pad, so that nobody will ever be allowed to have a good D-pad ever again.

#9 Posted by nintendoeats (6138 posts) -

Listen...I just played 2 SNES games in a row, one quite long. I don't recall what it was like when those were relatively new controllers, but both the ones that I have require quite a lot of force to push down the d-pads. I found that my thumb hurt quite badly after some longer sessions, so I started experimenting with taking the rubber out of an N64. Unfortunately that didn't improve the situation much.

The original NES controller seems to have held up better in my experience, I'd lean towards that.

#10 Posted by 71Ranchero (3139 posts) -

You people are nuts. Its the Saturn Model 2 D-pad.

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#11 Posted by devilzrule27 (1241 posts) -

That Vita Dpad is quite nice. Though it is a bit on the small side. I never played the SNES so I can't say if that had a good dpad or not but I was fond of the NES controller. I've also always liked Sony's 4 button dpad.

#12 Posted by envane (1188 posts) -

the playstation dpad was always pretty good

#13 Posted by csl316 (10669 posts) -

The 16 bit dpads were great, but I'll go with the Dual Shock since it let me hit Tekken moves 100% of the time.

#14 Posted by Nottle (1931 posts) -

When I'm playing RPGS on my Ps2/ ps3 I usually use that Dpad for the menus. It's pretty solid. I believe that is also how I played Viewtiful Joe 1 and 2. It also works well for PC gaming. It's how I'm playing Cave Story.

The Snes is also really good.

#15 Posted by Aleryn (718 posts) -

Famicom/NES.

#16 Posted by ClairvoyantVibrations (925 posts) -

@Ben_H said:

SNES
#17 Posted by RandyF (186 posts) -

I also vote for SNES.

#18 Posted by Bribo (649 posts) -

@Atramentous said:

You people are nuts. Its the Saturn Model 2 D-pad.

Agreed.

#19 Posted by Maajin (1139 posts) -

Xbox 360! Nah, just kidding.

#20 Posted by RecSpec (4563 posts) -
@Bribo said:

@Atramentous said:

You people are nuts. Its the Saturn Model 2 D-pad.

Agreed.

These people know what's up.
#21 Posted by tyxja (296 posts) -

@RecSpec said:

@Bribo said:

@Atramentous said:

You people are nuts. Its the Saturn Model 2 D-pad.

Agreed.

These people know what's up.

I'm now legitimately interested in tracking down a Saturn!

#22 Posted by JasonR86 (10003 posts) -

The SNES is the safe answer. But the PS3 pad is the only one that I've been to use successfully with 2D fighting games. For that alone I'm saying the PS3 d-pad.

#23 Posted by RecSpec (4563 posts) -
@tyxja: You can find USB versions online for somewhat cheap. I bought one when I was hooked on Super Street Fighter 4. 
#24 Posted by Vextroid (1451 posts) -

The Wii/DS/3DS D-Pad and the Dualshock.

#25 Posted by Laksa (254 posts) -

Sega Saturn HSS-0101

This is the best Dpad. The knockoff usb pads on ebay do not feel the same,do not buy those.

#26 Posted by wafflez (543 posts) -

Don't be stupid, the answer is the SNES d-pad.

#27 Posted by TobbRobb (5031 posts) -

I grew up getting used to the playstation pad "well technically the megadrive one, but it's not as good". SO PLAYSTATION IS BEST.

#28 Posted by TheRealMoot (515 posts) -

Playstation brand D-Pad for me. It's never failed me in a fighter.

#29 Posted by DarthOrange (4094 posts) -
@TheRealMoot said:

Playstation brand D-Pad for me. It's never failed me in a fighter.

Pretty much this. It is remarkable how well the Vita one is as well. Executing combos in Mortal Kombat is as easy as it is with a DualShock.
#30 Posted by GalacticGravy (662 posts) -

PS2

#31 Posted by egg (1615 posts) -

I choose PSP-2000/3000

but the Saturn one is good too

I don't see whats so great about Vita's, it feels mushy

Wii/DS/3DS have different dpads. Only Wiimote and DS Lite is the same. DSi, DS fat, and Wii classic controller are each different.

#32 Posted by CannonGoose (385 posts) -

I really like the Playstation d-pad.

#33 Posted by myketuna (1782 posts) -

@NickyDubz said:

Snes