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Gamecube Wavebird Wireless Controller - Platinum

by Nintendo
GameCube
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews) 3 answered questions

Price: $201.95
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Color: Platinum
  • Control your favorite games from up to 20 feet away -- the RF transmitter send signals to a Receiver that plugs into your GameCube
  • Up to 16 different channels can be set -- set up as many as four wireless controllers, for massive multiplayer action
  • Works on 2 AA Batteries that provide up to 100 hours of gameplay for each controller (not included)
  • Color - Platinum

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Product Details

Color: Platinum
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00005BOSF
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 3 inches ; 12 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: November 1, 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,333 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Color: Platinum

Product Description

Enjoy the same controls of the standard GameCube controller, minus the cords. Works from up to 30'.

From the Manufacturer

The Nintendo GameCube WaveBird Wireless Controller uses revolutionary RF technology that allows people to play Nintendo GameCube from anywhere in the room, without wires and without having to be directly in front of an infrared receiver. The WaveBird Wireless Controller replaces standard controllers. Up to four controllers can be used at one time. With the WaveBird Wireless Controller, you can play up to 100 hours on just two AA batteries.

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect enough August 25, 2005
Color Name:Platinum
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I am a long-time Playstation owner, who recently gave in and bought a GameCube system for my Pokemon-obsessed son. We decided that since the GameCube has excellent 4 player titles, we would bite the bullet and buy 4 WaveBird controllers and focus on the multiplayer titles only. This has been an excellent move. I have them setup on channels 1-6-11-16 and they all play well together. I have big hands and I like the feel of the controller and I like the heft of it. It has a definite feel of quality and I like the way the sticks and buttons are setup on the WaveBird. To address previous reviewers issues, we have 2.4 GHz phones and WiFi and have not seen any interference issues. The previous reviewer who was having issues with interference with his remote is likely the exception to the rule, since most people do not have RF remotes, but the standard infrared variety. We have been using the controllers for about 2 weeks now without a glitch and I anticipate they will stand the test of time. My biggest rave for these controllers is the ease in which they can be pulled out of the storage bin and then put back away, when we are done with them. Oh yeah, and it's nice to have my floor back (e.g. not having to worry about tripping over cables when crossing it). The reason that I called this review "perfect enough" is that the main (and really only) complaint from some reviewers is that there is no rumble feature. I say to those who want the rumble feature when playing, simply revert to your corded controller for that particular game! The system comes with one so use it! I'd rather have the extended battery life and the rumble feature in a lot of games ends up being more of an annoyance than a help.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good February 24, 2005
A Kid's Review
Color Name:Platinum
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I am a hardcore gamer. I have had many systems, and gamecube is my favorite. But I have tried wireless controllers for Sega Saturn, Playstation, and Playstation 2. None work as well as the Wavebird for Gamecube.

Durability- 10/10 The durability of this thing is awesome. I have extremely large dogs (an English Mastiff and a Chocolate Lab) and they have stepped on, slobbered on, and knocked this thing off of a four foot table, but this thing works fine!!! It has taken quite a beating.

Precision- 10/10 The precision is just as good as a first party controller. Since the Wavebird is from Nintendo, I'm not suprised. I have bought (along with the Wavebird) Resident Evil 4, where bad aim is your downfall. The controller hasn't failed me yet.

Battery Life- 10/10 This pad lasts 100 hours on a single charge (2 AA batteries included). To preserve battery life, Nintendo took the Rumble feature off. You won't notice it's gone, and if you do, you need a more exciting game.

Price- 7/10 The controller is THIRTY dollars. That's expensive. I bought this thing new at a local GameXchange, and I was suprised by how much it cost. But if you have large dogs or small children in your house, then it is worth it.

This controller is excellent, and Nintendo made it well. But if you don't live in an enviroment where spending $30 for a wireless controller makes life easier, I recommend buying an extension cable.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Controller, But Missing the Rumble Function October 12, 2004
Color Name:Grey
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
If you own a GameCube, I hope you enjoy the ergonomic design of the controllers as much as I do. When Nintendo announced it was releasing a first party wireless controller I was very excited. This controller doesn't disappoint, with the same button and stick layouts as the wired first-party controllers.

You choose a frequency to use (by rotating a numbered dial on both the controller and the receiver that plugs into the controller port on the Cube), which allows you to use up to 4 Wavebirds at a time (should an aggressive Super Smash Bros Melee match be in your future).

The controller also has an on/off switch, which allows you to shut it off and save extra battery life, which is a nice touch. I also appreciate the red light on the receiver, which lights up when it receives the signal from the Wavebird (making it very easy to tell if you are in range).

The only complaint that I have is one that Nintendo has addressed, namely the lack of Rumble functionality. To paraphrase Nintendo, to add the rumble feature would have greatly shortened the battery life of the controller. For many games, the lack of rumble feature isn't an issue, and the WaveBird works perfectly. For those games that rumble is a major part of, I just use an extension cable for my wired controller. ;)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Controller February 6, 2005
Color Name:Platinum
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is slightly bigger than the regular controllers but it's not a big deal. We use a big screen and play about 10-15 feet away from the TV. The wirless is so great because you don't have to move the GameCube from the shelf and mess with all the cords. There is no lag in response time either. Such a great controlller. We tried to see how far away we could be when the GameCube would stop receiveing signal. We got to the opposite side of the house and it was still working. Ha!!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From a mom's perspective... November 22, 2005
Color Name:Grey
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
We've had this controller for almost 2 years now. I bought it because my son got close to yanking the whole game system off of his dresser a few times. I was a little skeptical as to whether it would REALLY work. Well, it does, even 2 years later. We've even had a dog chew on it and it still works. Now my son sits on his bed 12 feet away and can play, no longer tethered to the system. We (I) love this controller.

I've used it for racing games like Burnout and Need for Speed, and sports games like Madden 2005 and NBA Street, and others like Mario and Animal Crossing. It seems to work fine for me - but I'm no pro gamer either, so take that for what it's worth.

I like the durability, reliability, and ease of this product. It was more than worth the money.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
At the price I purchased this product, it may as well have been highway robbery
Published 5 days ago by Kian
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I do not use this but my son loves it. He had one when they first dropped on the market but over the years it was lost during moves. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Patricia Hubbard
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Complete and totally useless without the receiver unit! It's a paper weight.
Published 16 days ago by bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Great controller
Great controller, the wireless is such a great feature. You lose the rumble and the light weight of the wired controllers, but it is definitely a great controller to have to avoid... Read more
Published 1 month ago by shabbosroll
5.0 out of 5 stars Works great!
Has wear but works perfectly
Published 1 month ago by DontLetMeDrown
5.0 out of 5 stars no mess Buttons & Sticks feel good Multiple Channels Cons
In today's world wires are just not convenient any more. Being able to buy a wireless wavebird over a corded controller was a huge benefit. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carl
5.0 out of 5 stars This wireless controller works as smoothly as my cable controllers ...
This wireless controller works as smoothly as my cable controllers. Keep clean and the controller should work for years to come.
Published 1 month ago by Mike
2.0 out of 5 stars help
I bought the Platinum GameCube wireless controllers for my wii because we didn't have a GameCube and it requires To be on certain channel. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Vienna opine
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The controller was in great condition and came with the receiver. Controller works well and looks nice.
Published 2 months ago by Daniel Kocher
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
The controller I received did not work.
Published 4 months ago by tyler
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