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Best Buy customers often prefer the following products when searching for classic video game controllers.

We all remember the first time we played a video game. There was the thrill of controlling a character on the screen and the elation of beating a level or winning a race. An ideal way to experience that nostalgia is with a classic controller. Browse the top-ranked list of classic video game controllers below along with associated reviews and opinions.

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  1. Sony - PlayStation 5 - DualSense Wireless Controller - Sterling Silver - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "Classic Playstation Color...Reminds me of the classic Playstation color. Other than that, just a reguar PS5 controller...Excellent controller and a cool color that reminds me of the classic controllers."

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    Product Description

    Introduce a touch of class to your play with the sleek Sterling Silver DualSense wireless controller. Inspired by a classic, elegant aesthetic that’s brought to life with a fine metallic finish.
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    "Classic Playstation Color...Reminds me of the classic Playstation color. Other than that, just a reguar PS5 controller...Excellent controller and a cool color that reminds me of the classic controllers."

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    Product Description

    Introduce a touch of class to your play with the sleek Sterling Silver DualSense wireless controller. Inspired by a classic, elegant aesthetic that’s brought to life with a fine metallic finish.
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  2. 8BitDo - Arcade Stick - Multi - Front_Zoom

    Model: 80FE
    SKU: 6484478
    Top comment

    "Easy to pair with the Nintendo Switch. It gives all retro games and platformers an arcade feel....Buttons feel great and I can use it between my Nintendo Switch, SNES and NES Classic consoles."

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    Product Description

    The Arcade Stick is a feature packed joystick designed specifically for the Nintendo Switch and PCs
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    "Easy to pair with the Nintendo Switch. It gives all retro games and platformers an arcade feel....Buttons feel great and I can use it between my Nintendo Switch, SNES and NES Classic consoles."

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    The Arcade Stick is a feature packed joystick designed specifically for the Nintendo Switch and PCs
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  3. Turtle Beach - Stealth Ultra Wireless Controller with charge dock, 30-hour battery designed for Xbox Series X|S, Windows PC, Android - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Amazing controller....It definitely feels much better than the classic controller....Good controller...Controller feels solid and performs better than most elite style controllers. "

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    The Turtle Beach Stealth Ultra high-performance wireless smart game controller with charge dock is built for gamers who demand the best. Lag-free wireless quickly connects to Xbox consoles, and Windows PCs, plus Bluetooth for Android devices & supported Smart TVs. Tactile microswitches throughout provide fast, reliable response and last up to 5X longer than standard buttons, while AntiDrift thumbsticks eliminate drift for precise, customizable control and adjustable triggers suit your game on the fly. The Connected Command Display lets you customize the RGB lighting, audio, thumbsticks, mappable buttons and more, plus patented technology receives social notifications from your phone. Best of all, adjustable power modes provide up to 30 hours of battery life on a single charge.
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    "Amazing controller....It definitely feels much better than the classic controller....Good controller...Controller feels solid and performs better than most elite style controllers. "

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    The Turtle Beach Stealth Ultra high-performance wireless smart game controller with charge dock is built for gamers who demand the best. Lag-free wireless quickly connects to Xbox consoles, and Windows PCs, plus Bluetooth for Android devices & supported Smart TVs. Tactile microswitches throughout provide fast, reliable response and last up to 5X longer than standard buttons, while AntiDrift thumbsticks eliminate drift for precise, customizable control and adjustable triggers suit your game on the fly. The Connected Command Display lets you customize the RGB lighting, audio, thumbsticks, mappable buttons and more, plus patented technology receives social notifications from your phone. Best of all, adjustable power modes provide up to 30 hours of battery life on a single charge.
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  4. 8BitDo - SN30 Pro USB Gamepad - Gray - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "Nice retro style controller...Nice retro style controller .........................Good with Retro Raspberry Pi setup...I bought this to replace a crappy controller that came with a retro pi I had setup. It is a decent game pad but I’m finding the arcade retro games to be a little tough to play with it. "

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    Inspired from the classics. A full featured wired retro controller to play 30 years of video games. Extra attention was paid to the most critical characteristics like the d-pad, to make sure it feels exactly like you remember it.
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    "Nice retro style controller...Nice retro style controller .........................Good with Retro Raspberry Pi setup...I bought this to replace a crappy controller that came with a retro pi I had setup. It is a decent game pad but I’m finding the arcade retro games to be a little tough to play with it. "

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    Inspired from the classics. A full featured wired retro controller to play 30 years of video games. Extra attention was paid to the most critical characteristics like the d-pad, to make sure it feels exactly like you remember it.
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  5. 8BitDo - SN30 Pro Bluetooth Gamepad - Gray - Front_Zoom
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    "Solid Bluetooth controller...Nice controller for retro games! Works great on PC...Great retro controller....Great retro controller for Switch, Android and PC. I have used this on several retro titles and side scrollers. "

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    Unlock new levels on your favorite games with this 8BitDo wireless Bluetooth game pad. The USB Type-C port boosts speed and power management, while an integrated 480 mAh LiIon battery delivers extended use on a single charge. Featuring rumble vibrations, player indicator LED and motion controls, this 8BitDo wireless Bluetooth game pad provides an immersive gaming experience.
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    "Solid Bluetooth controller...Nice controller for retro games! Works great on PC...Great retro controller....Great retro controller for Switch, Android and PC. I have used this on several retro titles and side scrollers. "

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    Unlock new levels on your favorite games with this 8BitDo wireless Bluetooth game pad. The USB Type-C port boosts speed and power management, while an integrated 480 mAh LiIon battery delivers extended use on a single charge. Featuring rumble vibrations, player indicator LED and motion controls, this 8BitDo wireless Bluetooth game pad provides an immersive gaming experience.
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  6. Hori - Split Pad Compact for Nintendo Switch - Light Gray & Yellow - Angle_Zoom
    Top comment

    "Lack of bluetooth or remote pairing with the Switch is a downfall, meaning some games that require one controller in the horizontal positioning cannot be played. ...These controllers feel very comfortable and easier to play games . "

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    Product Description

    Introducing the newest member of the Split Pad family! The HORI Split Pad Compact lets gamers enjoy a full-size controller experience in handheld mode, now in a sleeker, condensed design. Featuring full-size textured analog sticks, a precision D-pad, and large shoulder buttons designed for comfort and accuracy, even during marathon gaming sessions. Advanced features include assignable rear triggers, Turbo functionality, and more. Perfect for high-paced action titles, in-depth adventure games and many other genres. Enhance your gaming experience with the Split Pad Compact! (Does not include Motion Controls, HD Rumble, NFC, or IR camera.) Officially Licensed by Nintendo.
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    "Lack of bluetooth or remote pairing with the Switch is a downfall, meaning some games that require one controller in the horizontal positioning cannot be played. ...These controllers feel very comfortable and easier to play games . "

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    Product Description

    Introducing the newest member of the Split Pad family! The HORI Split Pad Compact lets gamers enjoy a full-size controller experience in handheld mode, now in a sleeker, condensed design. Featuring full-size textured analog sticks, a precision D-pad, and large shoulder buttons designed for comfort and accuracy, even during marathon gaming sessions. Advanced features include assignable rear triggers, Turbo functionality, and more. Perfect for high-paced action titles, in-depth adventure games and many other genres. Enhance your gaming experience with the Split Pad Compact! (Does not include Motion Controls, HD Rumble, NFC, or IR camera.) Officially Licensed by Nintendo.
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  7. 8BitDo - Pro 2 Bluetooth Gamepad - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Great retro to past day designing...Great controller design with the feel of the retro controllers of past with all of the modern day extras....Quality game controller...I have also not experience controller drift with the sticks. I use it to play retro games. "

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    Get a handle on all the action of your favorite games with this gray 8BitDo SN30 Pro+ Bluetooth gamepad. The modifiable vibration feature offers a realistic feel while playing FPS and RPG titles, while the 1000 mAh rechargeable battery pack offers up to 20 hours of use when fully charged. This 8BitDo SN30 Pro+ Bluetooth gamepad has adjustable hair triggers for added accuracy and faster response times.
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    "Great retro to past day designing...Great controller design with the feel of the retro controllers of past with all of the modern day extras....Quality game controller...I have also not experience controller drift with the sticks. I use it to play retro games. "

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    Product Description

    Get a handle on all the action of your favorite games with this gray 8BitDo SN30 Pro+ Bluetooth gamepad. The modifiable vibration feature offers a realistic feel while playing FPS and RPG titles, while the 1000 mAh rechargeable battery pack offers up to 20 hours of use when fully charged. This 8BitDo SN30 Pro+ Bluetooth gamepad has adjustable hair triggers for added accuracy and faster response times.
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  8. 8BitDo - Pro 2 Bluetooth Gamepad - Gray - Front_Zoom
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    "Old Classic controller...Amazing controller for the price, well connected, good feedback and of course created for the old classics!...Great retro controller...Great bluetooth controller if you like the Playstation controllers, d-pad is very responsive for retro games and not as clicky as Xbox controllers"

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    Get a handle on all the action of your favorite games with this gray 8BitDo SN30 Pro+ Bluetooth gamepad. The modifiable vibration feature offers a realistic feel while playing FPS and RPG titles, while the 1000 mAh rechargeable battery pack offers up to 20 hours of use when fully charged. This 8BitDo SN30 Pro+ Bluetooth gamepad has adjustable hair triggers for added accuracy and faster response times.
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    "Old Classic controller...Amazing controller for the price, well connected, good feedback and of course created for the old classics!...Great retro controller...Great bluetooth controller if you like the Playstation controllers, d-pad is very responsive for retro games and not as clicky as Xbox controllers"

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    Product Description

    Get a handle on all the action of your favorite games with this gray 8BitDo SN30 Pro+ Bluetooth gamepad. The modifiable vibration feature offers a realistic feel while playing FPS and RPG titles, while the 1000 mAh rechargeable battery pack offers up to 20 hours of use when fully charged. This 8BitDo SN30 Pro+ Bluetooth gamepad has adjustable hair triggers for added accuracy and faster response times.
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  9. DualShock 4 Wireless Controller for Sony PlayStation 4 - Glacier White - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "great controller, very comfortable and classic for video games...Great OEM controller....Works perfectly, paired with both a PS4 and using with a PS classic and 8Bitdo adapter. Great for playing new games and classics. "

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    The DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller features familiar PlayStation®controls and incorporates several innovative features to usher in a new era of interactive experiences. Its definitive analog sticks and trigger buttons have been improved for greater feel and sensitivity. A multi-touch, clickable touch pad expands gameplay possibilities, while the incorporated light bar in conjunction with the PlayStation®Camera allows for easy player identification and screen adjustment when playing with friends in the same room. The addition of the SHARE button makes utilizing the social capabilities of the PlayStation®system as easy as the push of a button. The DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller is more than a controller; it's your physical connection to a new era of gaming.
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    "great controller, very comfortable and classic for video games...Great OEM controller....Works perfectly, paired with both a PS4 and using with a PS classic and 8Bitdo adapter. Great for playing new games and classics. "

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    Product Description

    The DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller features familiar PlayStation®controls and incorporates several innovative features to usher in a new era of interactive experiences. Its definitive analog sticks and trigger buttons have been improved for greater feel and sensitivity. A multi-touch, clickable touch pad expands gameplay possibilities, while the incorporated light bar in conjunction with the PlayStation®Camera allows for easy player identification and screen adjustment when playing with friends in the same room. The addition of the SHARE button makes utilizing the social capabilities of the PlayStation®system as easy as the push of a button. The DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller is more than a controller; it's your physical connection to a new era of gaming.
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  10. Sony - PlayStation 5 - DualSense Wireless Controller - Midnight Black - Front_Zoom
    Top comment

    "Using for steam and retro pc gaming....In all seriousness, it’s a great controller and Steam recognizes it. Great for retro emulators too....Great controller! Love the retro look! Feel as well!"

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    Product Description

    Discover a deeper, highly immersive gaming experience1 that brings the action to life in the palms of your hands. The DualSense™ wireless controller offers immersive haptic feedback2, dynamic adaptive triggers2 and a built-in microphone, all integrated into an iconic comfortable design.
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    "Using for steam and retro pc gaming....In all seriousness, it’s a great controller and Steam recognizes it. Great for retro emulators too....Great controller! Love the retro look! Feel as well!"

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    Product Description

    Discover a deeper, highly immersive gaming experience1 that brings the action to life in the palms of your hands. The DualSense™ wireless controller offers immersive haptic feedback2, dynamic adaptive triggers2 and a built-in microphone, all integrated into an iconic comfortable design.
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