Power A Enhanced Wireless controller
Don’t buy this. I got one when my roommate and I were both playing Skyrim. The right trigger died after a week. That game requires iterally every single modern controller button, so it was pretty much a non starter. The only thing I liked was the ease of programing the back buttons, which is much easier than the 8bitdo. Still doesn’t offset how bad it feels and works.
Nintendo Pro Controller
I got one of these used for $60 US, which is still pretty steep. It works fine, the only issue I’ve had is some noisiness with the rumble, as if something was unintentionally rattling in there. That’s stopped, and the hd rumble is cool , although there are so few games that use it as a feature (the only thing I can think of is lockpicking in Skyrim). I also don’t understand how it’s this proprietary technology that no other maker can replicate. I mostly use this controllo for 3D games that don’t need both sticks very often.
I bought a knock off from Facebook for fifteen bucks. It seems about the same, doesn’t wake up the system though. The great thing is that the vibration only works at 11/10
8bitdo SN30 Pro +/Pro 2
I bought the first one, and I was a big fan of the d pad and the sticks. I prefer playing first person games with playstation style parallel sticks, and I like the relatively small directional range of these sticks, especially compared to the official controllo. On the first one, the left shoulder button lost some spring but seems to have improved. The original does feel a bit lighter than the Pro2.
The pro 2 adds some really good improvements, notably the back buttons. I would like to have an option to just add a button to them in the moment, but there is a swap function. Essentially, this works to switch any two buttons on the controller level. You assign a button as the dedicated swap button in the software. Then you hold down two buttons you want to swap and press the swap button. The led blinks when you press a swapped button. This function unfortunately doesn’t work for d pad presses. I played through Deadly Premonition with A assigned to a back button and X (examine button) swapped to a stick click so I didn’t have to make a new profile.
The software is definitely an improvement with the Pro 2. In addition to the Swap and Turbo functions assignable to buttons, your can add macros (which are pretty well customizable with millisecond timings) and a hold button. I use this for PokéMMO, which I play on mobile. I can set the A button to hold, and I have a macro to run back and forth. It lets me grind levels by pressing a button every thirty seconds or so.
The face buttons are springer than the original, which I love. The D-pad feels really stable and doesn’t have any side like the original did. I don’t really like the triggers, and one of mine has started to squeak. The Pro 2 was sporadically disconnecting from my switch but I just saw a firmware update while opening the app that supposedly fixes this. Edit- the textured plastic on the back/bottom feels pretty good on the Pro 2
Being able to edit the controller in the mobile app is also a substantial upgrade for me than having to use the desktop program (which was the case for the Pro+).
Other 8bitdo controllos
I also have the six button genesis style pad they make and the unholy NES dog bone style they made, the m30 and n30 pro 2 (I know, very confusing) respectively. I like the Genesis style for certain 2d games, and it’s fun to bust up the Genesis collection with this (even though mapping the original buttons to the pad is kind of nonsensical
I do love the d-pad on that guy.
Also a big fan of the n30 pro2.i think it’s my favorite Dead Cells pad. The face buttons feel nice, and the pad is nice and small for frantic games. It has goofy little sticks on it too.
Look at those GameCube colors!
Honorable mention is their wireless PC Engine Mini controller that you can use on switch if you only need two buttons.
Unfortunately all of these are pretty difficult to find outside of Amazon. PlayAsia has a lot of their out of print stuff though.
Dishonorable mention: Answer Customize controller
Also a PlayAsia find. I bought this primarily with the hope of having four assignable back buttons on a switch controller. The manual was in Japanese, which I can’t speak but tried to translate character by character, but I put it down for a couple days and one of my roommates threw it out while cleaning. They’re mapped to A, B, X, and Y by default which is fine. The main draw of this one is that you can move the positions of each stick, the d pad, and the face buttons. Unfortunately, it feels like the Fisher Price my first power tool collection, and you get about a thousand false positives on stick clicks. I wasn’t expecting it to be perfect, so I wasn’t incredibly let down.
Also shoutout to the Hori d-pad left con