Best Fightpads 2022 – The best fighting game controllers

Although I’m firmly a fightstick player, there are just certain fighting games that are more suited to playing on a controller. These include games like Mortal Kombat and Smash Bros.

In addition, fightpads are generally cheaper than fightsticks. Therefore, it’s great if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a fightstick and still want to benefit from a controller designed for fighting games.

What is the difference between a standard controller and a fightpad?

Fightpads are essentially designed to play fighting games. Not all are the same, but generally, a fightpad will have the main function buttons on the face of the pad. What you get is, essentially, a six-button arcade-style layout. This is useful for games like street fighter, which have a six-button system.

The D-pad is also different from a fight pad; It may be larger and more responsive. This helps greatly when executing certain moves.

Fightpads will generally be wired to provide better response times and hence be more accurate than a standard wireless controller.

I also find that fightpads are more comfortable than standard controllers, especially for longer gaming sessions. But, again, this is due to their more ergonomic design.

Best Fightpads at a glance

PowerA Fusion

PowerA Fusion Fightpad

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Nintendo Switch Gamecube controller

Nintendo Switch Gamecube Style FightPad

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Razer Raion Fightpad

Razer Raion Fightpad

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Hori Fighting Commander

HORI Fighting Commander

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Madcatz Fightpad

MadCatz SFV FightPad Pro

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PowerA Fusion Fightpad

Platform: Nintendo Switch, PC

Fighting games on the standard Nintendo switch controller can be awkward due to its size. Thankfully, PowerA has made the Fusion Fightpad easier and more comfortable.

The satisfying d-pad and responsive six-button layout mean you will have the advantage of playing games like Smash bros.

Because Nintendo officially licenses the controller, you know it’s high quality and will likely last long.

 

Nintendo Switch Gamecube Style FightPad

Platform: Nintendo Switch

Are you looking for a little bit of nostalgia? Then check this Gamecube-style controller out for the Nintendo Switch. If you’re an old-school smash player, this is the controller to go for when playing smash ultimate. It can also, of course, work just as well with other games as well.

However, it should be noted that some users have reported cases of random input, so be wary of this before purchasing this controller.

Razer Raion Fightpad for PS4, PS5

Platform: PS4, PC

Razer is known for premium gaming products and fightsticks, like the Razer Panthera. The Razer Raion is no exception. It’s probably the most expensive and premium fightpad on this list.

Is it worth the price? If you’re looking for a premium fightpad, I would say so. It has high-quality parts, and users have reported the fightpad to be incredibly high quality and responsive.

However, if you’re in the middle of choosing between a fightpad and a fightstick, then I would probably pay a little more and go for a quality arcade stick.

HORI Fighting Commander for PlayStation 4 & 3

Platform: PS4, Xbox One

One of the cheaper fightpads on this list. But cheap doesn’t necessarily mean bad, as this fightpad is pretty good.

A great d-pad has responsive buttons and is comfortable to hold. Hori has done quite well with the Commander.

Getting this fightpad will mean you’ll be pulling off combos with ease in no time.

MadCatz SFV FightPad Pro

Madcatz Fightpad
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Platform: PS4, PC

MadCatz was once famous for making quality arcade-style fightsticks that are, to some extent, still around today. Although their fightpads are less known, they’re still worth getting if you want a decent controller designed for fighting games.

You get everything you need in a fightpad but with the bonus of an analog stick. So, if the d-pad is not to your liking, you can use the analog stick and still take advantage of the 6 button arcade layout.

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