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Gamecube Wavebird Wireless Controller - Platinum

by Nintendo
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews) 5 answered questions

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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
  • Domestic 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.
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  • 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 (229 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,779 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect enough August 25, 2005
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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good February 24, 2005
A Kid's Review
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
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
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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The best gamecube and in many cases, Wii controller.
Published 1 day ago by Rich
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great product
Published 14 days ago by Denise
2.0 out of 5 stars I was disappointed to find that I could not use these upon ...
First of all, I purchased used. I received 2 controllers but no receivers. This should be made clear in the description. Read more
Published 1 month ago by William J Donovan
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Wireless action! Slamacow! Awesome for Mario Kart, aw yeah.
Published 2 months ago by Daniel Lavender
5.0 out of 5 stars Very satisfied.
I have no complaints at all and the controller works mint, as if i just bought it brand new. Very satisfied.
Published 3 months ago by christopher fontaine
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Received as described.
Published 3 months ago by Cindy
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
It was damaged.
Published 3 months ago by Joseph B.
5.0 out of 5 stars All Hail.
Still the greatest wireless controller ever built. Unequaled for party situations. A lovely piece of machinery. Their sole error was that they didn't make more.
Published 4 months ago by Paul M Kent
1.0 out of 5 stars No receiver!!!
Where is the receiver? I don't know if this makes sense, but the controller should come with one... Seriously bummed out:/
Published 5 months ago by Matt Trefry
5.0 out of 5 stars Reliable
The Wavebird controller is an awesome controller to have for your gamecube or wii. Shipped fast and was also packed nicely in it's box
Published 5 months ago by GR82
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