Awesome Joysticks

Backbone Mobile Game Controller

Backbone Mobile Game Controller
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The Backbone adds console-quality thumbsticks, buttons, triggers, and a D-pad to your iPhone. The controller cradles your phone and connects via the Lightning port for lag-free input, and it’s perfect for game streaming services. For a limited time, new members can grab a free 3 mo. subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

Enth Wooden Arcade Controllers

Enth Wooden Arcade Controllers
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Italy’s Enth Creations builds these unique handmade game controllers from Iroko wood, a dense African timber. They feature authentic Sanwa arcade joysticks and buttons set into custom-cut plexiglass and 3D-printed PLA bezels. They also make all-button hitboxes for fighting games.

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Game Controller Wall Light

Game Controller Wall Light
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LEDclaw makes all kinds of geeky lights, including this wall light inspired by game controllers. The 20″ wide light is made from wood and cast acrylic and backlit with colorful LEDs. The design is based on the Xbox controller, though the buttons and thumbstick have been reversed. And that’s an upside-down Dreamcast logo on top.

Thumb Mouse Game Controller

Thumb Mouse Game Controller

Joystick-based controllers are great for casual gamers, but hardcore players prefer a mouse and keyboard for precise control. Tech Yesterday shows off a custom-made gamepad with a thumb-driven optical sensor to bring mouse-like precision to a handheld controller thanks to a miniature optical circuit. (Thanks, Lambert!)

Ultimate Atari Arcade Fight Stick

Ultimate Atari Arcade Fight Stick

Powered by an internal Raspberry Pi 3B+, this 2-player gaming system comes with arcade joysticks, buttons, and a trackball, as well as over 100 licensed games from Atari. It includes arcade classics like Asteroids, Centipede, and Missile Command, along with games from the Atari 2600, 5200, and 7800 home consoles.

Xbox One Phantom White Controller

Xbox One Phantom White Controller
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Like the Phantom Black controller, Microsoft’s latest controller features a semi-translucent shell, which allows you to see the components inside. It has a textured grip, remappable buttons, and wireless connectivity. Compatible with all Xbox One consoles and Windows 10.

Bottomless Joystick 2

Bottomless Joystick 2

Joysticks are one of the most popular and useful computer input devices. But they don’t work without something to hold their base in place. Yuichiro Katsumoto’s innovative joystick design uses servos to provide the same kinetic feedback but in mid-air.

Deal: NES & SNES Bluetooth Gamepads

Deal: NES & SNES Bluetooth Gamepads
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Play today’s latest games in retro style with these awesome Nintendo-inspired game controllers. They work via Bluetooth with Windows, Mac or PS3, and the included Retro Receiver lets you play the original Nintendo and Super Nintendo consoles wirelessly.

Xtension Retro Arcade Controller

Xtension Retro Arcade Controller
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Turn any PC or Mac into a retro arcade system with Rec Room Masters‘ Xtension control board. It packs arcade-grade buttons and joysticks for 2 players, a trackball, and 10 LED menu buttons. Preconfigured for MAME. Also available in classic game color schemes.

A Brief History of Game Controllers

A Brief History of Game Controllers

For those of you who don’t have that awesome poster from Pop Chart Labs, here’s another way to recall some of the greatest – and oddest – video game controllers which have kept us playing our video games since their earliest days, courtesy of Super Deluxe.

The Xbox One Controller

The Xbox One Controller

An in-depth look at how the new controller keeps the best of the Xbox 360’s along with numerous refinements, such as improved grip, rumble triggers, internal batteries, Kinect integration, and the ability to go wired for precision FPSing.

Razer Sabertooth for Xbox 360/PC

Razer Sabertooth for Xbox 360/PC
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It has 6 extra buttons, 2 at the shoulders and 2 switches at the back. Map commands from the face buttons to the extra ones and you never have to take your hands off the analog sticks.

Evolution Drone Controller

Evolution Drone Controller

A Bluetooth gaming controller that works with Android, iOS or WinMo to return tactile control to touchscreen devices. No word yet on game compatibility, but it will look good playing them.

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ION iCade Mobile

ION iCade Mobile

Uses Bluetooth to add a D-Pad and physical buttons to your iPhone or iPod Touch – this handy gadget works in both landscape and portrait modes, and works with more than 100 games. Coming soon.

X-Arcade Solo Joystick

X-Arcade Solo Joystick
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The masters of arcade controls are back with a stick for 1-player. The heavy-duty joystick weighs a whopping 12 pounds, works with PC, Mac, Linux or just about any game console with an adapter.

Clear Classic USB Joystick

Clear Classic USB Joystick
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Retro Thing’s Clear Classic USB Joystick is a true retro blast with Atari 2600 emulator w/80 games and MAME support; also: connect it to an arcade joystick plus 8 additional controls.

Tekken 6 Flight Stick

Tekken 6 Flight Stick
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Tekken 6’s Limited Edition is a smorgasbord of goodies: you’ll get a wireless filght stick and artbook; Gamestop buyers will also get a Cardboard Tube Samurai courtesy Penny Arcade.

PS3 Rumble Joystick

PS3 Rumble Joystick

XCM’s Rumble Joystick is the first to be compatible with the PS3; beyond the rockin’ and rollin’, it includes 4 memory buttons with up to 20 moves each, rapid fire and turbo modes.

Real Arcade Pro EX SE

Real Arcade Pro EX SE
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Hori’s Real Arcade Pro EX SE is as close as you’ll get to the real arcade experience; the Xbox 360 controller is made with parts from Seimetsu, who builds real arcade cabinets.

Mad Catz Cyborg X

Mad Catz Cyborg X
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For flight sim players who can’t have too many buttons, Mad Catz’ Cyborg X joystick delivers; it features 11 programmable buttons (double that if you press the shift button).

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