The best invention on a control pad?

What are your thoughts?

For me, you can't go past the N64 bringing in the trigger button. That just changed the way shooters feel on a console.
Goldeneye.....ahhh the memories.
N64 can hold their heads high that they brought that little gem into action.

Also N64, analog joystick (although optically tracked).

It's hard to imagine we lived without it for so long.

SNES adding L and R buttons that your press with your index fingers, instead of your thumb.

Dual analog sticks with triggers. If the Xbox 360 controller had a Playstation controller type D-pad it'd be perfect.

Dreamcast's VMU! I loved that Snake game on it. Phone Post

Jons Forsberg - whatever system came up with a d-pad and retired the stick.
Intellivision had a round sort of a pad to control with. That's the first one I can think of.

Aside from the Odyssey/pong games that had paddles.

 

rookie29 - Dreamcast's VMU! I loved that Snake game on it. <img src="/images/phone/post_tag.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>



Dreamcast stole that from Sony's Pocketstation memory card with screen/games, but in the PS1 it didn't fit into the controller like the VMU.

Invisible Lats Syndrome - Dual analog sticks with triggers. If the Xbox 360 controller had a Playstation controller type D-pad it'd be perfect.

Dreamcast's VMU was not so much the handheld aspect of, but the idea that you can have personal information sent to you that is not available to other players.

This wasn't expanded on I believe because online gaming made it less likely to be sitting next to your opponent.

Analogue is good, but dual analog really helped things alot. Wasthe Nights into Dreams controller the first true analogue pad?

FastAndBulbous - 
rookie29 - Dreamcast's VMU! I loved that Snake game on it. <img src="/images/phone/post_tag.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>



Dreamcast stole that from Sony's Pocketstation memory card with screen/games, but in the PS1 it didn't fit into the controller like the VMU.


Wasn't VMU out first? november 1998 vs jan 1999

RamK - Wasthe Nights into Dreams controller the first true analogue pad?

Atari 5200 had a real analog stick, actually. (I just wikied it.)

A few N64 games used two controllers to get dual analog control, too.

Robotron64 with two controllers = Shooter bliss.

wiki says vectrex was first analogue stick

^ What a cool system.

RamK - 

Wasn't VMU out first? november 1998 vs jan 1999



Maybe you're right, I guess I assumed Pocketstation was first because the Playstation was first. I have a Pocketstation, but I never understood why people would actually use it or a VMU to play games. I have a homebrew Pac-Man game on VMU, but it's not that fun to play.

And the Pocketstation sold over 4 million units in Japan. One of its games sold 1.5 million copies. Just weird.

RamK - wiki says vectrex was first analogue stick




It's a pretty good analog stick, although the buttons aren't as convenient since they're all in a row. It was built to be like an arcade system.

The Atari 5200's analog stick doesn't self-center, which means you have to pull it back to the center after you go left. Not that great of an idea, especially since most of the games on the 5200 could have been played with 8 or even 4 directions.