The Controller: set-breakdown

Updated: Dec 3, 2021


Joysticks at the ready for the Controller dice set!
Read on for an in-depth walk-through of each design in the collection...




  • [D00]

  • The XBox:

  • From the original, fondly called 'fat', wired (yes, wired!) Duke controllers, the Xbox controllers have gone through a major glow up! We mustn’t forget the controllers caught in the middle of this glow up and the Xbox 360° controller is one of them - it has the makings of the slim, beautifully designed controllers we have now - shaped perfectly to be a comfortable fit in any gamer’s hand, with the classic ‘X’ logo in the centre! Did you know it was the first Xbox controller to offer wireless connectivity? How iconic!

  • [D4]

  • The Master System:

  • The earliest of the whole set, having been released in the U.S in 1986 and the first of our two control pads, the Master System was also known as the Sega Control Pad and it was the official Sega Master System controller! Shaped as a rounded square, with a very simple, easy to use layout, there were many versions over the years, but they remained faithful and true to the iconic appearance of the original.

  • [D6]

  • The SNES:

  • Otherwise known as the Super Nintendo Entertainment System controller, it had a very unusual, quirky shape to it, resembling a dog bone almost, making the controller as playful and enjoyable as the games themselves! A well-known addition to this controller was the ‘L’ and ‘R’ shoulder buttons - a classic staple in the majority of controllers today! *This particular colour scheme represents the European/Australian SNES controller.

  • [D8]

  • The Mega Drive:

  • This control pad is one of the first that was designed with the player being its central focus! Instead of having sharp, cornered edges, we were given smooth, curved edges, with buttons placed in much easier to reach places - it not only meant utter comfort if you planned to play for hours on end, but it also made the control pad very pleasing to the eye!

  • [D10]

  • The PS1:

  • This is the Dual Analog PlayStation One controller, a slightly later version of the original because the original controller didn’t have any joysticks! Can any of you PlayStation lovers imagine that? We have a lot to thank this 1997 design for because apart from a few modernisations, this iconic controller really was the beginning of what we now know to be the classic, much loved PlayStation controller! So thank goodness for this quintessential, PlayStation controller - where would we be without it?

  • [D12]

  • The GameCube:

  • Here we have the N64s predecessor, the GameCube controller, which after much deliberation, had a complete overhaul in terms of shape and design, to make it more player friendly with regard to comfort and ease of use - no need to change positions whatsoever! Following the more conventional handlebar shape, we have a wired controller, with a striking, staggered analogue design - unusual maybe, but it inspired a rather famous console company - Xbox. So, this 2001 controller made way for those we love and use nowadays - thank you, GameCube!

  • [D20]

  • The N64:

  • Well, this is a rather controversial, but unforgettable controller because it’s design was something completely and utterly unique! In the shape of a capital ‘M’ and given its large surface area, it was basically impossible for players to use all of the controls at one time - they had to frequently change positions! How bizarre! Whilst its shape made it controversial, it also made it a true, wonderous spectacle!


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