1. BUST OUT THE BUTTONS
Capcom’s Steel Battalion, an irresistible giant-robot warfare oddity, comes with a more irresistible three-panel custom Xbox controller that’s festooned with 40 buttons, two joysticks, a slider bar, and a trio of foot pedals. Available this fall for $150.
2. STICK IT TO YOUR ENEMIES
With front-mounted throttles and a rapid-action trigger within easy reach, Saitek’s Cyborg 3D Pro for PlayStation 2 and Adrenalin Stick (shown) for Xbox joysticks (each $40) are surefire score-boosters for flying, shooting, and driving games.
3. CLAMMY HANDS COOL DOWN
If you tend to get fired up, grab a Nyko AirFlo Controller ($24, PS2 and GameCube; $29, Xbox)-it has a built-in fan to keep you cool.
4. CONTROL WITHOUT A CORD
Sit, slouch, squat, or sack out anywhere within 20 feet of your GameCube with the wireless WaveBird ($35) controller. It communicates with a receiver that plugs into the console.