The common means of directional control on home console-based gamepads, the D-pad is usually shaped as a plus sign (with each point connotating a direction of movement) or some variation thereof, and is usually positioned toward the left side of a controller.

The concept of the D-pad was originally conceived by Gunpei Yokoi for the NES controller, and then was adopted nearly universally.

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