With such an upsurge in new fighting games floating around, pro fighting game players will need to equip the finest gear possible. While there are a great array of arcade/fight sticks, you should also key in on some great fightpads. We’ve found five great choices that offer the best comfortable factor and nice input responsive time needed to play at your best. Do yourself a favor before you head out into the online/real-life world of the FGC – cop one or all of these top fightpads.
1. HORI Fighting Commander 4 Controller for PlayStation 4/3
This officially licensed Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) fightpad is a top-notch wired controller. It’s more geared towards PS3/PS4 fighting game players, so diehard fanboys should grow quite fond of this peripheral. It’s feature set includes a D-Pad that’s capable of rotating in your chosen direction, a retro 6-button layout, Turbo functionality and shoulder button toggle switching. Hori’s Fighting Commander 4 is a much wider fightpad that should fit well into anyone’s hands.
2. HORI Battle Pad for Wii U (Mario Version) with Turbo – Nintendo Wii U
Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U is still going strong and it looks like it’s planned DLC will make it even bigger. For those who didn’t keep their original GameCube controllers, Hori has done you gamers a favor. They’ve produced several official fight pads for the Wii U that replicates the exact design of the original bulky GameCube controller. These controllers adjust the L and R buttons by making them shorter for quicker presses. It’s D-Pad is a bit larger, plus it comes with three Turbo settings. If you’re not a Mario guy, you can totally get the Luigi edition or Pikachu version if you’d like.
3. PDP Wired Fight Pad for Wii U – Mario
PDP has crafted their own line of Wii U fightpads for the Wii U, too. These less bulkier controllers come in a wide array of character-themed choices – Mario, Luigi, Peach, Donkey Kong, Link, Samus, Wario and Yoshi. Whatever your chosen Nintendo beloved character turns out to be, you’ll come to love this efficient fightpad. They look awesome and its performance is as great as you expect it to be. The analog sticks, comfortable face buttons and shortened shoulder buttons feel just as great as our aforementioned fightpad selection.
4. Xbox 360 WWE All STARS BrawlPad Hulk Hogan and John Cena
Not only is this fightpad the best way to play WWE All Stars, it’s also one of the best options to select when trying out other fighters. For Xbox 360/PS3 gamers, you can cop this bad boy in a wired or wireless variation. The 8-way floating D-Pad and rubber grips allows you to handle this controller with great ease. The artwork we’re displaying here features a set of WWE Legends and current Superstars – Hulk Hogan & John Cena. You can also purchase one with The Rock and Triple H plastered on it. Wrestling fans will certainly love to have this in their collection.
5. Xbox 360 Street Fighter IV FightPad – Akuma
For Street Fighter fans, these official Mad Catz fightpads are great pickups. Besides the Akuma selection we have here, there are variations that come with Blanka, Chun-Li, Ryu and Ken designs. Each controller comes with an 8-way floating D-Pad, plus a 3-way switch that allows it to function as a left or right analog stick. These fightpads are also available for the PS3, so there’s no need to worry Sony fans. These wired fightpads perform just as well as the Street Fighter icons painted onto them.
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