Nintendo plans to modify the 3DS controls with a new add-on heavily, therefore, here are five more controllers that ended up being replaced due to market pressure or a hot new game.
The PS Dual Shock 3 replaced the original Six Axis controller. Sony introduced the Dual Shock 3, which combined both technologies in a controller that pretty much everyone liked a hell of a lot better. Somehow we still occasionally find original Six Axis PS3 controller in drawers in the office, and having to play without rumble still makes us sad.
The Jaguar Controller was replaced by the Atari Jaguar Pro, which had numerous flaws; two of them were outsized controller and absurd keypad. The Jaguar Pro Controller actually manages to add buttons. And now the Pro Controller has five more buttons than the already-ludicrous Jaguar controller–X, Y, and Z buttons to go with two shoulder buttons at the top. Six games ended up taking advantage of the keys, including a port of Primal Rage and Missile Command 3D.
The original Xbox Controller was replaced by the Controller S, which was difficult for people with smaller hands to play the game comfortably. The control setup was generally fine–it certainly worked well for Halo–but it was still less than ideal.
Microsoft responded by replacing the “fatty” with the Controller S, which was originally available only in Japan. By 2002, the ControllerS was the default Xbox controller, and “The Fatty” available only as an accessory. But while the mistake was quickly corrected, it was still a hard lesson for Microsoft–ergonomics matter. They were much more careful with the Xbox 360 controller.
The Dual Shock replaced the PS3 controller, which has proven the most durable. Now in its third generation, the only real additions to the Dual Shock 3 PS3 controller being the seldom-used motion controls; the Bluetooth wireless connection, and the USB output. Not bad for a controller that’s going on 14 years old.
Sega Genesis, its six button controller replaced the three button controller. The sleek design and added buttons made it become a favorite for Genesis owners, and one of the few successful add-ons for the console.